Men's Hoops Falls at Home to San Jose State, 83-77
Nov. 20, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. - San Jose State unleashed a flurry of second-half three-pointers and the Pepperdine men's basketball team couldn't keep up in an 83-77 loss on Wednesday evening in Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Waves (3-1) led by as many as 14 in the first half and by 10 at halftime, but the Spartans (1-4) made 10 three-pointers in the second half in order to overcome the deficit.
Senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) and sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) had big games again for the Waves. Lane scored a career-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Davis added 20 points and nine rebounds.
A basket by Lane put the Waves ahead 75-73 with a little more than three minutes to play. But the Spartans' Rashad Muhammad drove in for a lay-up to tie the game, then sank a three-pointer with 1:56 left to put San Jose State ahead for good.
Davis would get an easy dunk after a San Jose State turnover to cut the deficit to 78-77 with under a minute to play, but San Jose State's 10th three-pointer of the half came via Jaleel Williams with 33 seconds left, making the score 81-77. The Waves missed their final three shots and SJSU went 2-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch.
The Spartans went 10-for-15 from three in the second half and 14-for-27 for the game. The Waves, on the other hand, went 0-for-11 in the second half and 5-for-22 overall.
Pepperdine outshot San Jose State overall, 46.6% to 43.5%, and had a 43-38 rebounding edge. The Waves shot 51.7% in the first half as they took a 44-34 halftime lead, but just 41.4% in the second half. The Spartans went from shooting 31.3% in the first half to 56.7% in the second.
Williams led the Spartans with 22 points, while Devante Wilson scored 18 of his 20 in the second half, including all six three-pointers that he hit.
The Waves are home again on Saturday (Nov. 23) when they host Utah Valley at 5 p.m. Fans can watch the game via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com with Al Epstein on the call.