Men's Basketball Beats Alabama State, 66-58
Dec. 19, 2012
Stacy Davis, Lorne Jackson and Jett Raines scored 11 points apiece and the Pepperdine men's basketball team put together another good defensive performance in a 66-58 win over Alabama State in the first game of the Tulane Classic.
The Waves (7-4) shot a season-best 53.8% while limiting the Hornets (1-10) to 38.3% shooting. Pepperdine also had a 32-21 edge in rebounding and scored 23 points off of 18 ASU turnovers, the second-most that the Waves have forced this season.
About the only thing that marred the Waves' effort was a season-high-tying 23 turnovers, though the Hornets only cashed in on those for 16 points.
Pepperdine finished with a better field goal percentage than its opponent for the ninth straight game, and the 10th time in 11 contests this season. The Waves also improved to 7-0 when holding opponents to 66 points or less.
Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), a freshman forward, shot 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the foul line and added a game-high and season-high eight rebounds. His fellow freshman in the frontcourt, Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS), contributed six rebounds.
Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS), a senior guard, reached double-figures for the 11th time in 11 games this season by going 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes. He also recorded the 123rd steal of his career, moving him into Pepperdine's all-time top 10.
Skouen scored five early points as the Waves jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, though Alabama State would come back and take its only lead of the game at 12-11. A lay-up by junior forward Malte Kramer (Frieburg, Germany/Cuesta CC) started a 7-0 run, however, and Pepperdine never trailed again.
The Waves' biggest lead of the first half came at 28-15 after a basket by sophomore center Jan Maehlen (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge HS), and Pepperdine went into halftime with a 30-21 advantage.
Raines scored four points early in the second half and Baker gave the Waves their largest lead of the game at 15 points, 42-27, with less than 16 minutes remaining.
Turnovers prevented the Waves from blowing the game open, however, and Alabama State shrunk the lead to 50-44 with less than five minutes to play. Baker ended a 3 1/2-minute scoreless stretch with a free throw, and then Davis hit a jumper and Baker sank a three-pointer to push the Waves' lead back up to 56-44 with three minutes left, and Pepperdine would go on to win from there.
The Waves will come right back and play the host Green Wave on Thursday (Dec. 20) at 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com.