Men's Hoops Runs Past Cal Lutheran, 81-49, in Exhibition
Nov. 3, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The new-look Pepperdine men's basketball team ran and shared its way to an 81-49 exhibition victory over Division III Cal Lutheran on Saturday evening in Firestone Fieldhouse.
All 10 Waves that stepped onto the floor got on the scoreboard, five of whom were competing for Pepperdine for the first time. The Waves shot 52.6% from the field, had a 25-3 edge in fast-break points and accumulated 24 assists on 30 baskets.
"One thing I praised the team on was our unselfishness," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "That was one thing that stood out. We really shared the ball. We've been preaching to them to make the extra pass, find the open man, and be a balanced scoring team. We showed that tonight."
Making his Pepperdine debut, freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) led all scorers with 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
"Stacy is going to be a good one," Wilson said. "He plays at a pace that most freshmen don't normally play at. He's under control, he can shoot it, handle it, pass, post up, rebound, and he is still learning. He wants to get better and he will."
Sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. In his first appearance since redshirting last season, senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) added 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Another newcomer, freshman Atif Russell (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS), added 11 points, nine of which came in the second half. Senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) contributed seven points and a game-high eight assists.
After Baker opened the season with a slam dunk, CLU scored the next six points of the game. But the Waves took the lead for good on a Davis three-pointer, which made it 10-7 in Pepperdine's favor. The Waves went on to build a 38-23 halftime lead.
After the Kingsmen scored the first three points of the second half, Pepperdine went on a 16-0 run, the last nine of which came via the fast break. Davis scored six of his points during the spurt, which made the score 54-26 in the Waves' favor with 14 minutes to go. The Waves led by no less than 24 the rest of the way and took a 30-point lead for the first time on a Davis basket with 6:40 to play that made it 67-36.
Junior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta College), sophomore center Jan Maehlen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) and freshman guard Austin Mills (Beverly Hills, Calif./Beverly Hills HS) missed the contest due to injuries.
Senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./UCLA) played 18 minutes and blocked three shots. He is still planning on redshirting this season, and playing in the exhibition did not affect his status.
The Waves made seven of their 14 three-point attempts. They also only committed eight turnovers while forcing 16, leading to an 18-3 edge in points off turnovers.
"One of the things we talk about is being able to defend and get steals, force turnovers, and convert them to easy baskets, as opposed to having to set up our offense and run a play every single time," Wilson said. "Our guys did a good job of that. They got steals, they made the extra pass. The perfect example, Lorne Jackson had a lay-up and he gave it to a teammate. That's being unselfish. We need to continue to do those things and play off of our energy and create easy baskets."
Cal Lutheran got team highs of 11 points and six rebounds from Guy Lynott, and 10 points from Cody Williams.
Pepperdine officially begins the season next Friday (Nov. 9) at Cal State Northridge at 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast and join an interactive live game chat/blog at www.pepperdinesports.com. The Waves' home opener is on Friday, Nov. 16 against Washington State.