Davis Leads Men's Basketball to 72-69 Win at Rival LMU
Feb. 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Stacy Davis had another huge performance and the Pepperdine men's basketball team fought off a late comeback by Loyola Marymount to earn a 72-69 road victory in a Wells Fargo PCH Cup and West Coast Conference rivalry game on Thursday night.
Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS), a sophomore forward, had 27 points (one shy of his career high) on 10-for-15 shooting, plus 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
Pepperdine (15-13, 8-8 WCC) beat LMU (11-17, 3-13 WCC) for the fourth straight time, sweeping the regular-season series for the fourth year in a row. It also the Waves' 95th win in 160 all-time meetings. The victory moved the Waves back into fifth place in the WCC standings.
The Waves had a 12-point lead with six minutes left but it came down to the final possession. Junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC) made two free throws with 14.9 seconds left, putting the Waves in front 72-69.
LMU's Anthony Ireland, who had already made four three-pointers to go with his 26 points, tried to work his way open for a game-tying three but the Waves did well keeping a man in front of him. The WCC's top shot-blocker, senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA), knocked Ireland's attempt out of bounds with 0.5 seconds left. A last-gasp heave by the Lions' C.J. Blackwell was off the mark at the buzzer.
"Stacy came in and played strong, he got a double-double, he got all the big baskets when we needed him to, and he got all the rebounds when we needed him to," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Our guys understand that teams are going to make runs. We have to be disciplined. We have to continue to execute and stick to the game plan, and our guys did that tonight."
Davis reached the 20-point mark for the ninth time this season and had his sixth double-double. Brooks scored 15 points for the Waves, including a big three-pointer in the final two minutes. Earlier in the day, senior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta CC) was named Pepperdine basketball's first-ever Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, and he came through with four three-pointers and 12 points. Though he didn't score, freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) contributed eight assists without committing a turnover.
The Waves outshot the Lions, 50.0% to 40.9% and had a 36-33 rebounding edge. Pepperdine's reserves outscored LMU's 47 to six. Off the bench, the Waves also got good efforts from senior guard Nikolas Skouen (three points, four rebounds, three assists) and sophomore guard Austin Mills (five points).
Things couldn't have started much worse for the Waves, as after just four-plus minutes the Lions jumped out to a 14-4 lead and Lane picked up his second personal foul at the 16:42 mark. He didn't play the rest of the first half.
The Waves were still down 18-9 with 13 minutes left, but they finally got things going, and did so in a big way. A lay-up by Brooks and back-to-back three-pointers by senior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) and Davis jump-started a 20-2 run. Davis scored 12 of those points (and had 14 in the first half), which put Pepperdine in front 29-20 with six minutes to go. LMU closed the gap a bit, and the Waves went into the break with a 35-31 lead.
The Lions had another good start to the second half and took their only lead after the break at 36-35. Pepperdine led 55-52 midway through the half when a 9-0 run - five points by Davis and four by Brooks - pushed the Waves to their largest lead of 12 at 64-52 with six minutes to go.
Pepperdine went cold, however, not scoring again until Lane made a jumper with three minutes left, putting the Waves back up by seven at 66-59. LMU scored the next five points, but a three-pointer by Brooks with 1:23 left put Pepperdine ahead 69-64.
The Lions got a three-point play by Evan Payne with 1:05 left, and on the other end, Davis made one of two free throws with 35.0 seconds to go, putting the Waves up 70-67. Pepperdine guarded against a three, but Ireland drove in for a lay-up with 25.7 seconds to go.
The Waves got the ball to Brooks, who was fouled with 14.9 seconds left. He made both, setting up Pepperdine's final defensive stand.
This was Pepperdine's sixth road win of the season, the team's most since 2002-03.
Pepperdine ends the regular season at home next weekend against San Francisco (Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.) and Santa Clara (Saturday, March 1, 5 p.m.). The Waves will honor their three seniors prior to the finale against the Broncos. It's also going to be Fan Appreciation Day, with general admission seats free to all. Both games will be shown on TheW.tv.