Cal Poly Rallies Past Pepperdine, 83-77
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A 19-point first-half lead turned out not to be enough as the Pepperdine men's basketball team suffered an 83-77 loss at Cal Poly in Mott Gymnasium on Saturday night.
The Waves (3-5) jumped out to a 28-9 lead after 12 minutes but the Mustangs (2-5) battled back with a big second half.
Junior forward Jonathan Dupre' (Houston, Texas/Collin County CC) scored a career-high 19 points and pulled down a team-high-tying seven rebounds. He went 7-for-11 from the field. Sophomore guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) had 18 points and five assists.
Junior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Stoneridge Prep) scored a season-high 12 points and also had seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Dane Suttle Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Summit College Prep) contributed 11 points.
The Waves got off to an enormously successful start, as Dupre' had six points in a 9-0 run that gave Pepperdine a double-digit lead at 14-4 with 13:04 left. A 10-0 run was capped by a steal and a dunk by Bell that upped the lead to 24-7 with 9:36 to go. Bell later fed sophomore forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) for a lay-up that gave Pepperdine its largest lead of the half of 19 points at 28-9 with 8:10 to go.
Cal Poly picked things up offensively late in the half, however, and capitalized on a couple of Pepperdine mistakes. Still, the Waves set a season high for points in the first half and went into the break with a 41-31 lead. Dupre' led the way with 12 points in the first half, and he was one of five Waves that scored at least six points.
The Mustangs continued to chip away at the lead early in the second half, though the Waves still led by five at 59-54 with 10:25 to go after Bell scored on a lay-up.
Over the next four minutes, however, it was all Cal Poly as the Mustangs went from five points down to five points up at 64-59 with a 10-0 run. Dupre' finally put a stop to it with a three-pointer, but Cal Poly scored six more points to pull ahead 70-62 with less than four minutes left.
The Waves got as close as three points in the final minute but the Mustangs hit enough of their free throws to seal the win.
The Mustangs had a slight edge in shooting percentage for the game (46.6%-45.3%), but they made 18 of their 31 second-half shots (58.1%). They got a game-high 22 points from Shawn Lewis.
Freshman guard Joshua Lowery (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS), who started the first seven games, was out of the lineup for the first time and did not play after spraining an ankle during practice this week. Dupre' made his first start of the season and second of his career.
After five straight games away from Malibu, the Waves begin a four-game homestand this Tuesday (Dec. 8) against Fresno State at 7 p.m. Fans can watch the game and listen to Al Epstein's broadcast at www.pepperdinesports.com with a subscription to Wave Casts.