Waves Can't Hold Off Dons in 86-78 Loss
Feb. 2, 2013
The Waves (10-12, 2-7 WCC) led by as many as 11 in the first half and 42-35 at halftime, and were still up by seven at 65-58 with 7 1/2 minutes to play. But the Dons (10-13, 3-7 WCC) couldn't be stopped down the stretch, and ended the game with a season-high 14 three-pointers on 24 attempts (8-for-12 in the second half).
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) scored a team-high 20 points but both he and sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS), who scored 10, were hampered by foul trouble.
Freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) had one of his best games of the year, scoring 18 points, pulling down a season-high 15 rebounds and handing out four assists. It's the first time since February 2008 a Wave has had at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game (Malcolm Thomas).
The Dons didn't take their first lead until 12:53 left was in the game. And even though they went up by four at 57-53 with 11:21 left, the Waves responded with an 11-0 run, featuring five different players, that put Pepperdine back ahead 64-57 with 8:20 to play.
A free throw by Davis extended the Waves' lead again to seven at 65-58 with 7:32 to go, but the Dons hit three-pointers on their next two possessions. Pepperdine got its lead back up to 68-64 after a three-point play by Davis, but USF would rattle off the next nine points and wouldn't trail again.
The Waves would cut the deficit to two on a couple of occasions, but each time the Dons would answer with points of their own.
Cole Dickerson had 27 points and 11 rebounds for USF. Both he and Avry Holmes (15 points) sank four three-pointers.
The Dons outshot the Waves, 51.7% to 50.0% (they improved from 44.8% in the first half to 58.1% in the second) and had fewer turnovers (nine to 13). Pepperdine had a 35-27 rebounding edge but saw its shooting drop from 56.7% in the first half to 42.3% in the second. The Waves scored a season-high 42 points in the first half.
The Waves play five of their final seven regular-season games on the road, beginning with a trip to the Pacific Northwest next weekend. They face #7 Gonzaga on Thursday (Feb. 7) at 8 p.m. and Portland on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 1 p.m. The Gonzaga game will be shown on ROOT Sports and the Portland game is the "WCC Game of the Week," shown locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. Fans can also listen to Al Epstein's broadcasts via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game blog/chat at www.pepperdinesports.com.