Waves Drop Great Alaska Shootout Finale to Indiana State
Nov. 30, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - There were 13 lead changes in a close-fought battle between the Pepperdine and Indiana State men's basketball teams during the consolation final of the Great Alaska Shootout, but the Sycamores got the last one in the final minute and prevailed 73-70 on Saturday afternoon.
Pepperdine (5-3) settled for sixth place in its second-ever trip to the Great Alaska Shootout. Despite going 1-2 over the three days, the Waves set a Shootout record with a combined 60.0% field goal percentage.
The Waves had another impressive shooting night against the Sycamores, hitting on 57.8% of their shots. But 16 turnovers, including a crucial one in the final minute, hampered Pepperdine.
A back-and-forth final two minutes saw the Waves go in front 68-67 with 1:32 left after a three-pointer by junior guard Malcolm Brooks (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lamar CC), and again at 70-69 with 45 seconds left after a lay-up by sophomore forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS).
Indiana State regained the lead on a basket by Jake Odum with 33 seconds left. Pepperdine then turned the ball over, and the Sycamores' Dawon Cummings made two free throws to go up 73-70 with 13 seconds left. The Waves had trouble getting a shot off, and the ball was knocked out of bounds with 2.9 seconds remaining. Senior guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) had a good look at a three-pointer as time expired, but the ball bounced off the rim.
"That was a tough one," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Indiana State is a good team. How they executed early was amazing. But I liked our team's fight. We didn't give in. We kept executing and got back in it. The key was late in the game, some of our turnovers, some of our missed free throws, some of our missed opportunities to finish. I like our team, I like our toughness. We're just going to get better and better as the season goes.
"We played three good teams, and three teams that we believe are going to make a lot of noise in their leagues. There's a lot of video that we have to show what we need to work on. There were some good things. We took good shots, and we turned good shots into great shots. We have to keep teaching our young guys, show them what they did right, what they did wrong."
Freshman guard Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS) had team highs of 15 points and six assists. Senior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta JC) went 4-for-6 from three and set career highs of 14 points and four assists. Senior forward Brendan Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA) contributed 13 points and six rebounds and Davis had 12 points.
Indiana State (5-2), picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference, shot 54.0% for the game and committed just seven turnovers, including only one in the second half. The Sycamores had a 24-12 edge in points off turnovers (11-2 in the second half).
The Waves made 10 of 20 three-pointers and outrebounded ISU, 26-17.
Indiana State made 10 of its first 11 shots to open the game and had a 10-point lead at 20-10 just seven minutes in. The Waves battled back and eventually took a 35-33 lead at halftime.
The Waves had a number of four-point leads in the second half, their largest of the game, including at 51-47 with a little more than 11 minutes to go after a lay-up by Lane. Indiana State then sank back-to-back three-pointers to take back the lead, and pushed the run to 13-1 to make the score 60-52 with eight minutes to play.
Davis scored the next five points of the game, and the Waves would tie the score at 62-62 under five minutes to go on a Kramer three-pointer.
Pepperdine returns to Southern California and has two matchups with Big West Conference schools this week. The Waves host Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday (Dec. 4) at 7 p.m., and visit UC Irvine on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m. WaveCasts, at www.pepperdinesports.com, will have a live video broadcast on Wednesday and audio-only on Saturday with Al Epstein on the call.