Men's Hoops Has One Comeback, But Not Two in Loss to USF
Feb. 27, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team managed one big comeback in the first half against San Francisco, but couldn't come up with another one in the second half as the Dons earned a 77-53 win in West Coast Conference play on Thursday evening.
The Waves (15-14, 8-9) trailed by as many as 16 in the first half before a 20-4 run allowed them to rally for a 32-30 halftime lead against the Dons (19-10, 12-5).
But the second half was much like the first meeting between the two schools. Back on Jan. 4 in San Francisco, the Dons outscored the Waves 57-39 in the second half en route to a 76-66 win. Tonight, the final 20 minutes was 47-21 in USF's favor.
Pepperdine shot just 33.3% from the field (their second-lowest mark of the season), and just 27.6% after halftime. The Dons hit on 65.2% of their shots after halftime and 50.9% for the game. USF had a big advantage from the three-point line, making of 10 of 23 compared to the Waves' two of 16, and also had a 40-29 edge on the boards.
Sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) led the Waves with 15 points and eight rebounds. Junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Cardozo HS/Lamar CC) scored 11 points and freshman guard Lamond Murray Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS) added 10.
USF made eight of its first nine shots and jumped out to a 20-7 lead after just 6 1/2 minutes. The lead grew to 16 at 25-9 and the Dons were still up by 14 at 26-12 with seven minutes to go in the half.
The Waves played inspired basketball the remainder of the half, outscoring the Dons 20-4 the rest of the way. Davis scored seven of those points, including a lay-up right before the halftime buzzer to put Pepperdine ahead 32-30. After making four of their 18 shots, the Waves made seven of their next 10.
Freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) scored the first points of the second half to put the Waves up by four, but Pepperdine's momentum quickly vanished. The Dons regained the lead at 39-38 on an Avry Holmes three-pointer and their lead steadily grew the remainder of the game.
Cole Dickerson led USF with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Pepperdine ends the regular season on Saturday (March 1) against Santa Clara at 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. The game will be shown on TheW.tv.