Men's Basketball Win Streak Comes to End in OT at Utah Valley
Dec. 1, 2012
Despite outshooting (48.2% to 41.0%) and outrebounding (43 to 27) the Wolverines (4-5), the Waves committed 17 costly turnovers, including one on their final possession of regulation. The Waves (4-3) were playing at elevation for the second time in three days after beating Montana State, 76-66, on Thursday.
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) surpassed the 1,000-point milestone for his career and finished with a team-high 17 points. Freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) posted his second straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) had a season-high 12 points, a career-high-tying nine rebounds and five assists.
"There's no doubt the turnovers hurt," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Having 17 turnovers, the majority of them unforced -- traveling, guys fumbling the ball, getting up in the air and charging -- we lost our poise at times. They are a very disciplined team but we got sped up when we shouldn't have. For us to have 17 turnovers and them only having six is disappointing. Turning the ball over and giving them second shots, that was the difference in the game."
Pepperdine fell behind 29-26 at halftime despite a 48.0%-37.5% shooting edge. Still trailing by three at 34-31 in the second half, the Waves then went on an 8-0 run to go up 39-34 with 15 minutes left. They took their biggest lead of six points at 45-39 on a Willis jumper with 10:47 to play, then led by six again at 49-43 and 51-45 with less than five minutes to play.
It was still a five-point game at 53-48 with 3:40 to go after a dunk by junior forward Moriba De Freitas (Bon Air Gardens, Trinidad/Williston State JC), but UVU came back with a three-pointer, and after a Pepperdine turnover, the Wolverines tied the game at 53-53 with 2:24 to go.
Davis put the Waves back in front with a basket in the paint with 55 seconds left, but Utah Valley's Ben Aird got an offensive rebound, was fouled, and made two free throws with 39 seconds left, making it 55-55 (the 12th tie score of the game).
Pepperdine's final possession of regulation ended with an offensive foul - the Waves' sixth of the game and the third charge called in the final 6 1/2 minutes - but Utah Valley missed the last shot of the half.
The Waves had won their previous two overtime contests this season, but Utah Valley scored six of the first seven points in overtime to go up 61-56. Jackson cut into the deficit with a three-pointer, and the Waves had a chance to tie the game at the free throw line with 1:22 left, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Utah Valley scored on its next possession with less than a minute to play to go ahead 63-59, and the Waves could only muster a free throw on their next couple of possessions. Willis hit a three-pointer with a few seconds left to finish the scoring.
The Wolverines were only whistled for 12 fouls in the contest. After halftime, Pepperdine didn't get into the bonus until 2:34 remained in overtime, and never made it into the double bonus.
UVU's Holton Hunsaker went 5-for-15 on three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points, and Aird added 19 points and nine rebounds.
The Waves return home to host UC Riverside on Wednesday (Dec. 5) at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the game and listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com as well as join an interactive live game chat/blog.