Men's Hoops Wins Fourth Straight, 76-66 at Montana State
Nov. 29, 2012
Stacy Davis posted career highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pepperdine men's basketball team to its fourth straight win, a 76-66 non-conference victory at Montana State on Thursday night.
The Waves (4-2) shot a season-high 50.9% from the field and earned their first four-game winning streak since November 2007. They held the Bobcats (1-4) to 39.7% shooting.
Pepperdine and Montana State were tied 59-59 with less than five minutes to play when Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) scored the next two baskets, putting the Waves ahead to stay. Davis entered the game as the West Coast Conference's top-ranked freshman in both scoring and rebounding, and his numbers will improve after posting the first double-double of his career. He made nine of 14 field goals and was 4-for-4 from the foul line.
"Stacy's poise, his understanding of the game, his ability to do a number of things at both ends, offensively and defensively, is amazing for such a young guy who just turned 18," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "He's just going to continue to get better and better."
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) added 16 points and junior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) sank all four of his three-point attempts en route to a 14-point night.
Montana State jumped out to a 14-7 lead and still led 18-12 with a little more than 10 minutes to play in the second half. But Skouen sank three of his three-pointers during a 15-2 run over the next four minutes that put Pepperdine ahead 27-20. His fourth three-pointer ignited a 7-0 run that gave the Waves their largest lead of the game, 12 points, at 36-24. The Waves went into halftime with a 36-26 advantage.
A barrage of Montana State three-pointers helped the Bobcats get back into it, and they went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 50-50 with a little less than 10 minutes to play. There were five ties in the second half, but Pepperdine never allowed Montana State to regain the lead.
Tied 59-59, Davis made a jumper, and about a minute later, his third putback of the second half gave the Waves a 63-59 lead with 3:13 to play. Montana State scored the next basket, but a driving lay-up by Jackson and two free throws by senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) put Pepperdine ahead 67-61 with 1:48 to play.
A Montana State free throw made it a five-point game, but the Waves were able to break the Bobcat press and get the ball down low to freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS). Though his first attempt was blocked, Raines stayed with it and made his second chance count, pushing the Waves' lead back up to 69-62 with 1:18 to play.
Pepperdine sealed the win by making seven of nine free throws in the final 1:08.
The Waves also enjoyed a 39-30 edge in rebounding and thanks to Davis, a 38-20 advantage on points in the paint.
The Waves will look to earn their first five-game winning streak since December 2004 on the second leg of their road trip. Pepperdine's journey continues at Utah Valley on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts and join an interactive live game chat/blog at www.pepperdinesports.com.