Darby, Moore Score 20 Apiece in Loss at Seattle
Feb. 16, 2012
Taylor Darby and senior center Corbin Moore scored 20 points apiece, but the Pepperdine men's basketball team suffered through an all-too familiar scenario in an 81-70 non-conference loss at Seattle on Thursday night.
In a storyline that's been similar to several of their losses over the past two months, the Waves (8-18) fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first half, rallied back to take the lead in the second half, but then went through nearly a 10-minute scoring drought in the loss to the Redhawks (9-14).
Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), thanks to a 4-for-5 performance from behind the three-point line, set a career high for points. Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) was one point shy of his career high and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
The Waves hit their first three three-pointers of the game - the first by Baker and the next two by Moore - to go ahead 9-2 but Seattle then went on an 11-2 run and eventually took a 34-23 lead midway through the first half. The Redhawks went into the break ahead 43-35.
Seattle extended its lead to 46-36 to start the half, but Moore (seven points) and Darby (six points) then sparked the Waves to a 13-0 run that put Pepperdine in front 49-46 with 14:56 to play.
Playing at a ferocious pace, the teams traded baskets for the next two minutes. A lay-up by Moore gave the Waves their last lead at 53-52 with 13:04 to play.
But those would be Pepperdine's last points until 3:23 remained in the game, when Moore stroked his fourth three-pointer of the game. The Waves continued to play defense, allowing Seattle just 14 points in that near-10-minute span, but the Redhawks had a 66-53 lead at the time of Moore's shot.
Senior guard Richard Branning (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo-Atherton HS), a walk-on who has played sparingly, sank his second and third three-pointers of the year in the final minutes.
The Waves shot 38.7% for the game to the Redhawks' 45.0%. Pepperdine committed 16 turnovers to Seattle's nine. The Waves tied their season high with nine three-pointers.
Pepperdine's home finale is Saturday (Feb. 18) against Portland at 7 p.m. Fans are advised to arrive 10 minutes early for the Waves' Senior Salute. As part of basketball homecoming, former players and former head coach Jim Harrick will be recognized at halftime. The game will be televised by Prime Ticket.