Men's Basketball Beaten at LMU
Feb. 2, 2012
Taylor Darby scored a game-high 18 points and the Pepperdine men's basketball team stayed close to Loyola Marymount throughout the contest, but the visiting Waves fell 67-57 in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup game on Thursday night.
The Waves dropped to 8-14 overall and 2-9 in the West Coast Conference. The Lions (14-9, 7-3) won both regular-season meetings for the first time since 1995-96.
Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) scored 15 of his points in the second half and also had five rebounds and three steals. The Waves got solid play off the bench from junior guard Joshua Lowery (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) and freshman forward Ramon Eaton (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon HS), who contributed 11 and eight points, respectively.
Pepperdine led by four points twice in the early going, first at 9-5 after a lay-up by freshman guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) and again at 11-7 after a jumper by senior center Corbin Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS). But LMU then went on an 8-0 run and never trailed again.
Despite shooting 38.2% from the field, the Waves kept things close, however. LMU took its biggest lead of the first half when Anthony Ireland connected on a three-pointer right before the halftime buzzer, which made it 34-27.
It was a single-digit game for the first 19 minutes of the second half. The Waves closed within three points at 52-49 with six minutes left after two free throws by Darby, and again at 54-51 with 4 1/2 minutes left after a basket by Darby.
LMU scored the next five points, however. And after Lowery sank a three-pointer with 2 ½ minutes to play, making it 59-54, the Waves wouldn't score for the next two minutes and the Lions would hit six of eight free throws to extend their lead into double-digits for the first time.
The Lions shot 43.4% from the field. LaRon Armstead and Jarred DuBois scored 14 points apiece.
Pepperdine returns home to host #24 Gonzaga on Saturday (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by ROOT Sports Northwest. A free webstream is available at www.pepperdinesports.com.