Men's Hoops Wins Again Behind Jackson's Career-High Effort
Nov. 24, 2012
Lorne Jackson poured in a career-high 28 points and the Pepperdine men's basketball team won its third in a row with a convincing 72-62 victory over visiting UC Irvine on Saturday night.
The Waves never trailed and improved to 3-2 on the season, and held the Anteaters (3-4) to 34.3% shooting for the game.
Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) was 9-for-15 from the field, sank two three-pointers and made eight of nine free throws. His previous high was 26 points against San Diego in January 2011. The outburst has him on the verge of becoming Pepperdine's 37th 1,000-point scorer, as he's now at 975 career points.
"We needed Lorne to step up and settle down and play," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "We talked about him being in rhythm and having his feet set and making good decisions. He did all of those things tonight and to have him with 28 points is pretty impressive."
Freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) had 12 points and six rebounds and sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but one of the more impressive stat lines was turned in by junior forward Moriba De Freitas (Bon Air Gardens, Trinidad/Williston State JC), who came off the bench to post four points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and two steals in 20 minutes of action.
"I thought Moriba was the player of the game," Wilson said. "He was a beast on the boards, especially in the first half, and that was one of our concerns, them getting offensive rebounds and scoring in transition. He controlled the boards and got some blocks. We need him to do that."
The Waves shot 53.8% from the field in the first half and took a 33-23 lead at the break. Freshman guard Atif Russell (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes HS) had all five of his points in an 8-0 run that gave the Waves their first double-digit lead at 17-7. A close-range jumper by senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) put Pepperdine up by 11 at 21-10, their biggest lead of the first half.
A 6-0 run that included a jumper by Jackson and two free throws apiece by freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) and Willis gave the Waves their largest lead of 15 points at 44-29 with 10:38 to play. They matched that lead at 55-40 with 4:58 left after another free throw by Raines.
The Anteaters turned it on over the next four minutes, however, going on a 19-9 run and cutting the deficit to five points at 64-59 with one minute remaining. But the Waves sealed the win by making eight of 10 foul shots in the final minute.
Pepperdine cooled off shooting in the second half and finished the night at 43.8%. The Waves had a 42-34 advantage on the boards, but overcame 17 turnovers to UC Irvine's 12.
UC Irvine's Daman Starring came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points.
The Waves' three-game winning streak is their longest since January 2010.
Pepperdine will look to build on its success on an upcoming two-game road trip, as the Waves visit Montana State on Thursday (Nov. 29) at 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT, and Utah Valley on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcasts via WaveCasts and join interactive live game chats/blogs at www.pepperdinesports.com.