Men's Hoops Comeback Falls Short in 82-79 Loss at LMU
Feb. 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Tremendous second-half performances by Mychel Thompson and Lorne Jackson and a career-best effort by Corbin Moore nearly lifted the Pepperdine men's basketball team to a big comeback victory on the road, but rival Loyola Marymount held on for an 82-79 win on Wednesday night in West Coast Conference play.
The Waves trailed by 14 at halftime but rallied in the second half to take a one-point lead. LMU pulled ahead at the end, however, and Jackson's last-second, potential game-tying three-point attempt was off the mark.
Pepperdine fell to 11-18 overall and 5-7 in the WCC, while LMU improved to 10-17, 2-10. The ending was a mirror of the first game between the rivals, as the Lions missed a three-pointer at the buzzer from a similar spot on the floor in a 78-75 Pepperdine victory back on Jan. 22 in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Thompson (Portland, Ore./Santa Margarita Catholic HS/Stoneridge Prep) scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in the second half. Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) scored all 22 of his points in the second half. Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) scored a career-high 16 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds.
The trio combined for 48 of Pepperdine's 50 second-half points.
After a disjointed first half caused the Waves to fall behind 43-29 at the break, Pepperdine slowly chipped away at the lead throughout the second half. Consecutive baskets by Moore eventually tied the contest at 68-68 with six minutes to play. The Waves also tied it at 72-72, and then a three-pointer by Jackson gave the Waves their only lead of the second half at 75-74 with a little less than four minutes to go.
But LMU's Drew Viney, who scored a team-high 21 points after missing the previous three games due to migraines, scored the game's next two baskets to put the Lions ahead to stay.
The Waves trailed by two with a minute left and missed on two three-point attempts that would have given them the lead. After two Lion free throws, a Thompson three-pointer cut the lead to one at 80-79 with 11 seconds left. LMU's LaRon Armstead made two foul shots with 10 seconds left. On the Waves' last possession, Jackson attempted a three-pointer from the top of the key right before the final buzzer, but it didn't go.
LMU shot 53.8% from the field to Pepperdine's 48.3%. The Waves had a big edge in rebounding at 37-26.
Sophomore guard Joshua Lowery (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) had six points, six rebounds and six assists, while junior forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) also had six points and six rebounds. Only five players scored for Pepperdine.
Thompson tied Pepperdine's all-time games played record with the 124th of his career, matching Kelvin Gibbs (1998-01).
The Waves play their final two regular-season games next week at San Francisco (Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.) and Santa Clara (Saturday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.). It's then on to the Zappos.com WCC Tournament in Las Vegas from March 4-7. For all remaining games, fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcasts for free via Wave Casts and join an interactive live game blog at www.pepperdinesports.com.