Moore's 19 & 12 Leads Waves to 77-61 Win Over USF in WCC Opener
Dec. 29, 2011
Corbin Moore scored a career-high 19 points to go with 12 rebounds to help lead the Pepperdine men's basketball team to a 77-61 victory over San Francisco in the West Coast Conference opener for both schools on Thursday night.
The Waves (7-5, 1-0), who won their fourth consecutive league opener, never trailed in the game and shot a season-best 51.9%. They also held the Dons (9-5, 0-1) to a season-low point total.
"This was a great win for our guys," Pepperdine Coach Marty Wilson said. "They stuck to the game plan. USF does a good job of disrupting your offense and not letting you get into your offense. We did a great job attacking their pressure and getting easy baskets."
Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) had 10 of his rebounds in the first half and 14 of his points in the second half. The 19 points were the most scored by any Wave this season. He had the fourth double-double of his career (all of which have come this season).
Junior guard Caleb Willis (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge HS) played one of the most complete games of his career, scoring 10 points, grabbing nine rebounds and handing out seven assists (while making only one turnover). Senior forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) had 14 points and freshman guard Jordan Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS) scored 10 points, all in the first half.
The Waves scored the first seven points of the game, as sophomore forward Hector Harold (Pasadena, Calif./Northfield Mount Hermon School) sank a three-pointer and converted a lay-up to get things going. Things stayed close for the most part, however, There were six ties in the first half, and the Waves led 31-30 with less than five minutes left.
But Pepperdine ended the half on an 8-0 run as Darby had a tip-in, sophomore guard Nikolas Skouen (Bergen, Norway/Pratt CC) made a basket, Baker hit a jumper and Moore scored on a putback at the buzzer, making the score 39-30 at the break.
The Waves led by double-figures for nearly the entire second half, taking their largest lead of 18 points with less than two minutes remaining.
Pepperdine held USF to 37.7% shooting and had a 41-29 edge in rebounding (leading to a 17-10 advantage in second-chance points).
"We always take a look at the opponents' shooting percentage, and how many stops we've made," Wilson said. "At the end of the first half, they had one score in their last nine possessions. We had another stretch of stops in the second half. Our guys are buying into what we want to do defensively."
Pepperdine next hosts Saint Mary's on New Year's Eve (Saturday, Dec. 31) at 3 p.m. Fans can watch the game via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com.