Men's Basketball Falls at Tulane, 69-54
Dec. 20, 2012
Pepperdine (7-5) shot 50% from the field, its third straight game making at least half of its shots, though the Waves ended up losing two of those.
In the first-ever meeting between the two schools, Tulane (9-3) improved to 9-0 at home and won its 19th straight non-conference home game. The Green Wave shot 47.7% from the field (making it the 10th straight game where Pepperdine has outshot its opponent), but had a 29-20 rebounding edge and made 22 free throws to Pepperdine's 10.
Senior guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) and sophomore guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) each scored a team-high 12 points for Pepperdine, while freshman forward Jett Raines (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS) added 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. For the third straight game, Jackson scored several points late in the contest to extend his streak of scoring in double-figures in all 12 games this season.
Raines made the all-tournament team after averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds over the two games, which included a 66-58 win over Alabama State on Wednesday.
Pepperdine led only once all game, at 11-10 after a basket by freshman forward Stacy Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS). Tulane would go into the break with a 30-24 lead.
Tulane began the second half on an 8-2 run to go up by 12 at 38-26. The Waves would close the gap, however, as Baker scored seven points in a 2 1/2-minute stretch, and it was just a three-point game at 44-41 with 11 minutes left after an offensive rebound and putback by junior forward Moriba De Freitas (Bon Air Gardens, Trinidad/Williston State JC).
But Tulane came right back with a 13-2 run, putting the Green Wave in front 57-43 with seven minutes to play, and the Waves were unable to get the game back in single-digits.
Tulane's Jordan Callahan led all scorers with 20 points, while Josh Davis had 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Davis outshot Pepperdine from the free throw line all by himself, going 13-for-15 (Tulane was 22-for-27 overall, Pepperdine 10-for-14). Davis was named MVP of the Tulane Classic.
After a short break for Christmas, the Waves return home to play their final non-conference game against Fresno Pacific on Friday, Dec. 28, in Firestone Fieldhouse. It's a doubleheader with the Pepperdine women's game vs. UCLA at 5 p.m. and the men's game at 7:30 p.m. Fans can watch the game and listen to Al Epstein's broadcast via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com.