Pepperdine Concludes Five-Game Road Trip At Utah Monday Night
Jan. 4, 2004
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THIS WEEK: The Pepperdine men's basketball team concludes a five-game road trip when it travels to Salt Lake City, Utah, when it faces Utah in a nationally televised game at the Huntsman Center on Monday beginning at 9 p.m. The contest marks the Waves' final non-conference game before opening West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Thursday, January 8, when they host Gonzaga at Firestone Fieldhouse.
TV/INTERNET: Monday's contest between Pepperdine and Utah will be televised nationally by ESPN with Bob Carpenter and Jimmy Dykes calling the action. The game can also be heard live worldwide on the Internet at www. PepperdineSports.com with veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein behind the mike.
A LOOK AT THE WAVES: Pepperdine is currently 5-9 on the season and is in the midst of a three-game losing streak following Saturday's 91-65 loss to Colorado State in Denver. The Waves are currently in the midst of their second three-game skid of the season.
COLORADO STATE RECAP: Led by 23 points from junior center Matt Nelson, the Colorado State men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and was never threatened as the Rams cruised to a 91-65 victory over Pepperdine Saturday afternoon at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Junior forward Glen McGowan led Pepperdine with 20 points, while junior guard Terrance Johnson and junior forward Robert Turner scored 13 and 12 points, respectively. McGowan scored 16 of his points from the free throw line. As has been the case for most of this season, Pepperdine got off to a slow start as it was quickly down 10-1 and trailed 27-6 in the first half. The Waves opened the game two of 15 from the field and finished the first half shooting 26 percent (6 for 23) from the field and trailing 44-22. McGowan accounted for nearly half of Pepperdine's first half points, scoring 10 points. Johnson was held scoreless during the first 20 minutes and sophomore guard Alex Acker had just two points. The only bright spot for Pepperdine in the first half was freshman guard Marvin Lea, who scored all of his career-high five points in the opening period. Pepperdine finished the game shooting just 34 percent (19 of 55) from the field, while Colorado State connected on 53 percent (34 of 64) of its shots, including 10 of 20 from behind the three-point arc.
SCOUTING UTAH: Utah is currently 10-3 on the season, has won four in a row, seven of its last eight, and is coming off a 70-60 victory at Weber State on Saturday. Head coach Rick Majarus is in his 15th season at Utah and has compiled an overall 318-93 (.774). Senior guard/forward Nick Jacobson is the Utes leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points a game. Utah is currently averaging 64.2 points a contest while allowing 52.9 points a game.
SERIES VERSUS UTAH: Monday's contest between Pepperdine and Utah will mark the sixth meeting between the two programs with the Utes leading the all-time series. The two teams last met during the 2002-03 campaign and Utah posted a 77-61 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse. This year marks the fourth straight year that the two teams have met and the Utes have captured the last three meetings. The Waves' only victory series came in the first round of the 1978-79 NCAA West Regional when Pepperdine posted a 92-88 overtime victory.
PEPPERDINE'S NEXT OPPONENT: The Waves open West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Thursday, January 8, when they host nationally-ranked Gonzaga at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by Fox West 2. The Bulldogs entered Sunday's game against Montana with a 9-2 record and ranked No. 16 nationally in this week's Associated Press poll.
T.J. JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: Junior guard Terrance Johnson became the 32nd player in the 66-year history of the Pepperdine's men's basketball program to score 1,000 career points when he totaled a career-high tying 26 points against IUPUI in the Rainbow Classic on December 30. That performance gave him 1,018 for his career and places him 25th on the school's all-time career list. Following 13 points against Colorado State on Saturday Johnson now has 1,031 career points to rank No. 34 on the school's all-time list
MORE TJ: Terrance Johnson has been Pepperdine's most consistent scorer this season as he has reached double-digits in all 14 of the Waves' games this season. He has scored a career-high 26 points on two occasions -- versus Dayton and IUPUI -- and has scored 14 or more points seven times.
PEPPERDINE OPENS WCC PLAY THIS WEEK: After a tough non-conferernce schedule, Pepperdine opens West Coast Conference (WCC) play later this week when it returns home to host nationally-ranked and defending regular-season conference champion Gonzaga on Thursday, January 8, at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Bulldogs, who are the coaches' pick to repeat as WCC champions, are currently 9-2 on the season and ranked No. 16 nationally in this week's Associated Press poll.
PEPPERDINE'S NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS FAIRING WELL: The Pepperdine men's basketball team cannot be accused of playing a soft non-conference schedule. The 14 teams the Waves have played thus far have a combined record of 93-62 (.600). Ten of those teams have winning records. Thus far this season, Pepperdine has played IUPUI (8-4), Fairfield (7-3), Bradley (8-4), Dayton (10-3), UC Santa Barbara (6-4), Maryland (8-3), Colorado (6-3), Oklahoma State (9-1) and Colorado State (8-4).
WAVES PLAYING CLOSE GAMES: Through 13 games thus far this season, seven have been decided by four points or less. In those contests, Pepperdine has a 1-6 record. The Waves suffered a pair of two-point losses at Oklahoma State (84-82) and at UC Irvine (85-83, 2OT), a three-point setback at UC Santa Barbara (65-62) and four-point defeats versus Cal State Fullerton (78-74), Fairfield (60-56) and IUPUI (76-72). Pepperdine's lone victory was an 81-80 victory over Bradley on December 20.
MCGOWAN JOINS 30-POINT CLUB: Junior forward Glen McGowan joined Pepperdine's 30-point club when he scored a career-high 36 points at Maryland on December 14. McGowan, who accounted for half of the Waves' 72 points, was 11 of 21 from the field and 12 of 15 from the foul line. His point total was the most by an opponent against Maryland since North Carolina Antwan Jamison scored 36 against the Terrapins in 1998. McGowan became the first Wave to score at least 36 points in a game since Brandon Armstrong scored 40 points versus Loyola Marymount in January of 2001.
MCGOWAN CONTINUES TO PACE WAVES: McGowan has shown no ill-effects of missing virtually all of last season due to various ailments. The junior forward is currently leading the Waves scoring with 17.8 points a game. McGowan has reached double figures in 11 of the 13 games he has played in thus far this season. He had his streak of reaching double figures snapped at UC Irvine on December 18 after getting into early foul trouble, scoring just eight points in 24 minutes. He has scored 20 or more points six times.
ADD ONE MORE TO 30-POINT CLUB: Sophomore guard Alex Acker, the West Coast Conference (WCC) "Freshman of the Year" a year ago, joined McGowan as a member of Pepperdine's 30-point club when he scored a career-high 32 points at UC Irvine on December 18. Acker was 11 of 21 from the field, including two of six from behind the three-point arc, and eight for eight at the free throw line. The second-year guard hit a jumper :02 remaining in regulation to force overtime.
TOP ROOKIES: In his two-plus seasons as the head coach at Pepperdine, Paul Westphal has mentored the West Coast Conference's (WCC) last two "Freshmen of the Year" in guards Terrance Johnson and Alex Acker. Johnson won the award in 2002 after 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. As a freshman last season, Acker averaged 13.0, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
SURGING WAVES: In the last five-plus seasons, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 125-72 (.634) and advanced to post-season play four times. The Waves had their streak of post-season appearances snapped last year after making two NCAA Tournaments and two National Invitational Tournaments.
TOUGH OPENING ACT: You might have a tough time finding a team that had a tougher opening three games to its season than Pepperdine. The Waves began their season against Dayton, Colorado and Oklahoma State, three teams that combined to go 66-28 (.702) a year ago and reach the NCAA Tournament. Entering the 2003-04 season, Oklahoma State was ranked No. 25 in the ESPN / USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, while Colorado and Dayton were among teams receiving votes. Through Saturday's games, those three teams are a combined 25-7 (.781). Dayton is currently 10-3, Colorado is 6-3 and Oklahoma State has a 9-1 mark.
2003-04 SCHEDULE: Head coach Paul Westphal has once again assembled a quality schedule in 2003-04 as Pepperdine's schedule includes home games against Colorado and Dayton-two teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Waves' 29-game regular season schedule also features road games against Colorado State, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Utah plus a late December trip to Honolulu to compete at the eight-team Rainbow Classic. Three teams (Gonzaga), Oklahoma State and Maryland are ranked in the ESPN / USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, while Utah and Colorado are among teams receiving votes. Additionally, UC Santa Barbara began the season anked No. 11 in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Poll. The WCC Tournament will be at Santa Clara's Leavey Center after being staged at San Diego's Jenny Craig Pavilion the last three years. The four-day hoop extravaganza will be contested March 5-8, with the winner earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The second-year play-in format allows the top two seeds byes until the semifinal round.
Paul Westphal: Paul Westphal, the former head coach of the Phoenix Suns and the Seattle SuperSonics, is beginning his third season at Pepperdine and has compiled a mark of 42-31 (.575) in Malibu. He succeeded Jan van Breda Kolff who resigned as the Waves' head coach in April of 2001 to accept a similar position at St. Bonaventure. Westphal is the program's 11th head coach. Westphal brought more than 12 years of head coaching experience to Pepperdine, and including stints with Southwestern Baptist Bible College and Grand Canyon College, his current six-year collegiate record stands at 126-58 (.685). He directed the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals in his rookie season back in 1993 and the Pacific Division title in 1993 and 1995. Including the playoffs, Westphal's overall NBA head coaching record stands at 294-181 (.619). A first round draft choice by the Boston Celtics in 1972, Westphal played 12 seasons in the NBA for Boston, Phoenix, New York and Seattle. He was a five-time NBA All-Star, named to the All-NBA team four times and a member of the 1974 Celtics teams that won the NBA title. A three-time All-Pacific 8 Conference performer and a two-time All-American at USC, Westphal averaged 16.4 points in three seasons with the Trojans and was inducted into USC's "Hall of Fame" in 1997.
THE PROGRAM: In the midst of its 66th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine men's basketball program has compiled an overall record to date of 1050-793 (.569). A total of 22 Pepperdine teams have posted 20-plus win campaigns, including three of the last four. The Waves have won 19 or more games nine times in the last 15 campaigns. Pepperdine made its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001-02, and the Waves have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) a total of eight times, including the Preseason NIT in 1985 and 2000. Since the start of the 1978-79 campaign, Pepperdine teams have compiled an overall record of 463-294 (.612), including a 235-109 (.683) mark in regular season West Coast Conference (WCC) play. Since the 1980-81 season, Pepperdine teams have either won or shared the WCC regular season title on 10 occasions-1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2002-and the program has won 12 basketball championships overall. Additionally, the Waves have captured the WCC Tournament championship three times-1991, 1992 and 1994.
WAVES AT HOME: Pepperdine completed the 2002-03 season with a 6-6 (.500) record in games played at Firestone Fieldhouse. The six losses represent the most for the Waves in a single season since the team was 5-7 at home during the 1996-97 campaign. Dating back to the start of the 1997-98 campaign, the Waves are 63-16 (.797) at home. Pepperdine's all-time homecourt record at Firestone Fieldhouse, dating back to the start of the 1973-74 campaign, currently stands at 301-106 (.739). The Waves are currently 3-2 at home this season.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine concluded the 2002-03 campaign with a 9-7 (.562) overall record after ending the year with a 75-71 neutral-court loss to Saint Mary's in the second round of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Waves are currently 2-7 away from Firestone Fieldhouse, including 1-3 in neutral court games.
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