Men's Basketball Falls at California, 79-62
Nov. 13, 2012
Stacy Davis posted team highs of 13 points and seven rebounds to lead the Pepperdine men's basketball team, but California's backcourt was too much as the Golden Bears earned a 79-62 victory on Tuesday night.
Allen Crabbe scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half and Justin Cobbs had 18 of his 23 points in the first half as California, a 2012 NCAA Tournament team, improved to 2-0 this season.
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) added 10 points for the Waves (0-2).
Though they never led, the Waves kept things close in the first half. A three-pointer by junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) cut the Bears' lead to 17-14 with less than 13 minutes to play. Cal would later take a double-digit lead for the first time at 27-17, but the Waves kept the Golden Bears without a field goal for a span of almost 6 1/2 minutes.
A 9-2 Pepperdine run, capped off by a layup and a three-pointer by Jackson, cut the lead to 29-26 with two minutes left in the half, but Cal finished off the half on a 7-0 run to go into the break with a 36-26 advantage.
The Waves had a good start to the second half, as a three-point play by freshman Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), a layup by sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS), a basket by senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) and a lay-up by Jackson pulled Pepperdine within five points at 40-35 with 17:22 to play.
But Cal would begin to pull away from there, taking a double-digit lead for good with 12:36 left on a three-point play by Crabbe. The Golden Bears would go up by 20, their biggest lead, with 5:45 remaining.
The Waves shot 53.6% from the field in the second half and 43.3% for the game, while holding Cal to 44.8% shooting. Despite playing against a much bigger opponent, the Waves were only outrebounded 39-36 (though the Golden Bears had a 21-11 edge in second-chance points).
Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) was 5-for-8 from the field. Willis had nine points and four assists, Skouen scored eight points, while Raines and Baker both had seven points.
"I think our guys grew up, I think our guys developed," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We are seeing more and more good things, especially playing against a higher-level, bigger, more physical team. Our guys shot 52 percent in the second half. They're buying into what we're preaching and they are seeing that it's working. We want to continue to get better every day and become a better team in January, February and March than we are in November and December."
The Waves only had nine available players as 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) were not available due to injuries.
Pepperdine plays its second straight game against a Pac-12 school in the Waves' home opener this Friday (Nov. 16) against Washington State at 7 p.m. Fans can watch Al Epstein's broadcast and join an interactive live game chat/blog at www.pepperdinesports.com.