Men's Hoops Knocks off Rival Loyola Marymount, 80-69
Feb. 1, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Jett Raines made a surprise start leading to a career-best performance and the Pepperdine men's basketball team dominated the final three minutes of an 80-69 victory over rival Loyola Marymount in West Coast Conference play on Saturday afternoon.
The Waves (13-10, 6-5 WCC) defeated the Lions (11-12, 3-8 WCC) for the 15th time in the last 16 years in Firestone Fieldhouse and earned a point in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup series, and did it by outscoring LMU nine to zero over the final three minutes.
There were 12 ties and 12 lead changes in the contest, the last coming with 6:46 left when senior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta CC) drilled a three-pointer to put the Waves back in front 67-66. LMU later made it a 71-69 game with 3:21 to play on a dunk by Gabe Levin, but those would be the last points of the game for the Lions.
Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), a sophomore forward who scored a career-high 15 points on 7-for-7 shooting while tying a career high with eight rebounds, sank a hook shot with 2:52 left to make it a four-point game. After an offensive foul on LMU, Kramer fed sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) for a close-range basket and a 75-69 lead with 2:18 to play.
Junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC), the Waves' top scorer in conference play, finished with a team-high 16 points, including two baskets in the final minute-plus to ice the victory. After Levin's basket, the Waves held the Lions to 0-for-5 shooting with one turnover.
"Our guys did a great job," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We were talking about it, LMU had 64 points with eight minutes left. We zoned them and for them to score just five points in eight minutes was huge. Our guys did a great job of communicating, reading the situation, seeing where their shooters were, running them off the three-point line and finishing the play with a rebound.
"Jett Raines was awesome. He did exactly what we needed with his energy and his effort. To end up with 15 and eight, that's something that we'd love to see from him every game."
With their 13th overall win and their sixth conference victory, the Waves have surpassed their best totals in each category since the 2004-05 season. Pepperdine also improved to 11-0 this season when holding the opponent to 69 points or fewer.
Five Waves scored in double-figures for just the second time this season. In addition to Brooks and Raines, Davis came off the bench to score 12 points and senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) and senior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) each had 10. It was Skouen's highest output in conference play this season.
The Waves ended up outshooting the Lions, 47.0% to 41.5% and had advantages of 41-29 in rebounding and 10-12 in turnovers. Pepperdine outscored LMU in the paint, 44-22.
The Waves handed out 19 assists on 31 field goals, with freshman guards Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) and Amadi Udenyi (Oakland, Calif./De La Salle HS/St. Thomas More Prep) getting eight and five, respectively.
LMU's Anthony Ireland scored a game-high 24 points and reached the 2,000-point milestone for his career late in the first half.
The Waves built a 12-point lead in the first half before settling for a 42-39 lead at the break. There were 10 lead changes in the second half alone. There was about a five-minute stretch early in the second half where neither team could take a lead greater than two points.
LMU's biggest lead of the game was three points at 59-56 with 11:17 to play, but Skouen immediately responded with a three-pointer.
Pepperdine is home again next weekend, hosting Pacific on Thursday (Feb. 6) at 7 p.m. and Saint Mary's on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 1 p.m. The game against the Tigers will be on TheW.tv and the contest against the Gaels is the WCC Game of the Week and will be shown locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. There will also be free audio broadcasts via WaveCasts at PepperdineSports.com with Al Epstein on the call.