Men's Hoops Routs UC Riverside, 62-40
Dec. 5, 2012
Jordan Baker scored 13 points and Lorne Jackson and Nikolas Skouen each had 11 as the Pepperdine men's basketball team routed UC Riverside, 62-40, in Firestone Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
The Waves (5-3) had a 19-0 run that stretched over the final six minutes of the first half and the first two-plus minutes of the second. They held the Highlanders (2-7) to opponent season lows for points and field goal percentage (28.6%).
After scoring six points the last two games, Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) came off the bench and sparked the Waves by connecting on three three-pointers while adding four rebounds. Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Praatt CC) matched Baker with three three-pointers and four rebounds of his own. Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) recorded four assists.
The Waves shot 45.5% for the game, and 50.0% in the second half as they outscored the Highlanders 37-21 after the break.
The game didn't have a great start for Pepperdine, however, as UC Riverside built a 14-6 lead eight minutes into the contest. The Highlanders still led 19-14 with six minutes left in the first half when the Waves finally got things going.
Baker hit a three-pointer with 5:43 left, beginning an 11-0 run that closed out the first half. Jackson had two baskets during the spurt, which sent the Waves into halftime with a 25-19 lead.
"One of the things we talked about, that we didn't do initially, was play for each other," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "Help each other, whether it's talking, making the extra pass, setting a screen. We did that more so in the second half. It was fun for me to watch as a coach, and I'm sure for the fans it was fun to watch guys turning a good shot into a great shot by just sharing the ball."
Skouen opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers, followed by a lay-up by Jackson, putting Pepperdine in front 33-19.
The lead steadily grew throughout the second half, surpassing the 20-point margin for the first time at 57-36 with 4:43 left on Skouen's third three-pointer.
Freshman forwards Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Laveen Betty Fairfax HS) and Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) each had a team-high seven rebounds, with Raines scoring six points and Davis getting five. Sophomore center Jan Maehlen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS) had a season-high seven points to go with four rebounds.
"We need production from a variety of guys so they can't keep keying on Lorne or Jordan or Stacy, and we want to have an unselfish scorer mentality," Wilson said. "I want guys that can score but are unselfish enough to get the ball to the open guy, and we did that tonight."
The Waves committed a season-low nine turnovers.
No one reached double-figures for UC Riverside, which was led by Josh Fox and Chris Patton's eight points apiece.
The Waves next head out on the road again and will visit Hawai'i on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 7 p.m. HT/9 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com as well as join an interactive live game chat/blog.