Waves Fall at USD, Likely Rematch Ahead at WCC Championships
March 2, 2013
The Waves (12-17, 4-12 WCC) tied for seventh place with Portland but own the tiebreaker and have earned the #7 seed and a spot in the second round. San Francisco and San Diego (14-17, 7-9 WCC) tied for fifth place and had identical league records and results. The tiebreaker is best RPI, which is expected to be in the Dons' favor when the bracket is finalized on Sunday.
The 6/7 second-round game at the WCC Championships is scheduled for approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (March 7) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. If it's the Waves and Toreros, it will be a rematch of the 2011 and 2012 tournaments, and it will be the seventh time in the last nine years that the two schools have met at the event.
Pepperdine won all three meetings during the 2011 season, and USD won all three last year. San Diego won in Malibu back on January 12 and so the Waves will be looking to reverse this trend at the tournament.
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) scored a game-high 22 points in Saturday's effort and also had team highs of six rebounds and five assists. Freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) scored a season-high 13 points while freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) added 12 points and sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) scored 10.
The Waves committed a season-low six turnovers but shot 44.4% to San Diego's 50.0%. All five USD starters scored between 10 and 14 points.
Looking ahead to a third matchup, Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said: "Our main problems in this game were mental mistakes. We called some plays in situations and didn't execute. We have to clean up those things. I think our matchups are good against them. I'm comfortable with what we're doing at both ends, we've just got to do it better ... We have to fight. It's win or go home."
There were 14 lead changes and 10 ties in the contest. The Waves took their largest lead of six points in the first half at 20-14 when Baker made a three-pointer with 10:24 left. USD eventually took a 37-34 lead at halftime when Cameron Miles buried a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The lead see-sawed back and forth early in the second half. Two free throws by Raines put Pepperdine up 47-44 with 14:19 left. The Waves' last lead of the game was 51-50 with 10:53 left after two free throws by Jackson.
Jackson tied the score up at 56-56 with 8:40 to go on a three-pointer, but the Toreros scored the next five points and wouldn't relinquish the lead.
Baker sank a three-pointer with 4:35 left to cut USD's lead in half at 66-63, and after a turnover, the Waves had a chance to cut into the lead on their next two possessions but couldn't get their shots to fall. In the final 2:20, San Diego went 7-for-8 from the free throw line to preserve the win.
Pepperdine's games at the WCC Championships can be heard via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com and fans can also join an interactive live game blog/chat on the website. First and second-round games will be televised by BYUtv, and the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship will be on the ESPN family of networks.