Waves Fall to Green Bay in Great Alaska Shootout First Round
Nov. 28, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Pepperdine men's basketball team put up a good fight against Green Bay in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout, but the Horizon League favorites came away with a 97-89 win on Thanksgiving night.
Pepperdine dropped to 4-2 overall and will play in the consolation bracket at 3 p.m. PT/2 p.m. AT on Friday against Denver (a 68-60 loser to Harvard).
Senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) posted his fourth double-double in six games, which included a career-high 26 points on 12-for-14 shooting. He also had 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) had season bests of 19 points and 12 assists. The 12 assists set a school record for the most assists by a true freshman and were the most by any Wave since November 2004.
Freshman forward David Jesperson (Merrill, Wis./Merrill HS), making his first career start and seeing his first extended action, had eight points and 12 rebounds. Senior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta College) made four of five three-pointers and scored a career-high 12 points.
Though Pepperdine outshot Green Bay, 55.4% to 46.3%, turnovers did in the Waves. Pepperdine committed a season-high 20, while only forcing four by the Phoenix. That allowed Green Bay to post a significant 28-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
Pepperdine also outrebounded a bigger Green Bay squad, 39-33, though the Phoenix had 11 blocked shots to the Waves' five.
"We played a tough team," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "They were physical, talented, long and athletic, and it created some mismatch problems for us. The disappointing them was we had too many turnovers and the majority of them were unforced. It allowed them to run out and get easy baskets, especially in the second half. I'm excited about how some of our guys played, especially some of our young guys like Jeremy Major and David Jesperson. We're a young team overall and we're going to keep working on getting better."
The Waves trailed just 39-38 at halftime and took their biggest lead of the game at 43-39 after Major scored the first five points of the second half. But a rough stretch would allow the Phoenix to go up by 17 points at 69-52 with 7 1/2 minutes to play.
Pepperdine gamely battled back, making it a single-digit game with a little less than two minutes left at 78-69 on a three-pointer by Kramer. The Waves could hardly miss in the final two minutes, making five three-pointers (three by Kramer and two by Lane) and scoring 23 points in the final 120 seconds.
But Green Bay, which was just 8-for-17 from the free throw line in the first 38 minutes, made 17 of 18 in the final two minutes to preserve the win.
The Waves' strong outside shooting down the stretch allowed them to finish with a 13-for-24 effort (54.2%) from beyond the arc. The 13 three-pointers were the most by Pepperdine since January 2010.
Green Bay put five players in double-figures, including Keifer Sykes with 23 points and Alec Brown with 21.
Both Friday and Saturday's games at the Great Alaska Shootout can be heard via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com with Al Epstein on the call.