Waves Drop Home Game to San Diego, 70-57
Feb. 9, 2012
Corbin Moore posted his seventh double-double of the season, but the Pepperdine men's basketball team couldn't get much going in a 70-57 home loss to San Diego on Thursday night in West Coast Conference play.
The Waves fell to 8-16 overall and 2-11 in the WCC while the Toreros improved to 10-14, 5-7.
Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) had 17 points and 11 rebounds, which was good for his third double-double in the last four games. Junior guard Joshua Lowery (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) added 10 points (his sixth straight game in double-figures) and five assists.
After the Toreros scored the first four points of the game, the Waves responded with an 8-0 run to take their only lead of the contest. But USD would come back with a 9-0 run of its own to go back in front at 13-8. San Diego would eventually head into halftime with a 34-26 lead.
Moore and senior forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) scored the first baskets of the second half, cutting the deficit to four points. But USD immediately went on a 10-1 run to take its first double-digit lead of the game and go ahead 44-31 with 14 1/2 minutes left.
Pepperdine got back within seven points on a couple occasions, first at 48-41 with 8:43 to play after a jumper by freshman forward Manny Ochenje (Abuja, Nigeria/Brehm Prep). The Waves were also down 59-52 with 3:51 left after a lay-up by Moore. But any hope of a comeback was dashed when the Toreros' Christopher Anderson scored on a lay-up, and then USD's Cameron Miles beat the shot clock with a three-pointer on the next possession, making it 64-52 with 2:44 to play.
Ochenje had a season-high eight points and tied his season high of four rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
San Diego shot 51.0% for the game compared to 41.8% for Pepperdine. The Toreros outrebounded the Waves 37-27 and had a big edge in bench scoring, 39-18. Pepperdine committed a season-low eight turnovers and tied its season high with 19 assists. The Waves connected on just six of 14 foul shots (42.9%).
Pepperdine next travels to BYU for a game on Saturday (Feb. 11) at 4 p.m. MT / 3 p.m. PT. The game will be televised by FOX Sports West and BYUtv, while Pepperdine will have Al Epstein's audio broadcast and a live interactive blog/chat at www.pepperdinesports.com.