Men's Hoops Beaten at San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team lost the first contest of its two-game Bay Area road trip, falling at San Francisco 77-47 on Thursday night in West Coast Conference play.
The Waves (7-18, 3-6 WCC) previously defeated the Dons (10-15, 5-5) in Firestone Fieldhouse last month by the score of 83-68.
Sophomore guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) was Pepperdine's only scorer in double-figures with 13 points. Sophomore center Corbin Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) pulled down 10 rebounds, his second time this season reaching double-digits.
Though neither team was scoring much early on, the Waves were able to build a decent lead. Sophomore guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) had a couple of early baskets, and junior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Stoneridge Prep) put Pepperdine ahead 11-4 on a lay-up with a little more than 13 minutes left in the half. Pepperdine still led by five at 13-8 after Moore made a shot with 9 1/2 minutes left.
But the Waves scored just one more time the rest of the half, and USF finished on a 21-2 run to go into halftime with a 29-15 advantage. The Dons also began the second half well, scoring 13 of the first 16 points to take a 42-18 lead.
Pepperdine's cold shooting streak continued, as the Waves hit 30.5% of their shots (their fourth straight game under 40%). USF shot 45.3% from the field and also had advantages in rebounding (43-31) and free throws (22 of 26 to five of 11).
The Dons got 21 points from Angelo Caloiaro and 18 from Dior Lowhorn.
Pepperdine, which has no seniors and has a roster where 11 of the 15 players are underclassmen, was led in scoring by its sophomore class for the 24th time in 25 games.
The Waves continue their trip at Santa Clara on Saturday (Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast at www.pepperdinesports.com with a subscription to Wave Casts.