Men's Basketball Hits Road Again to Visit BYU, San Diego
Jan. 7, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -- It might only be week three of the West Coast Conference season, but the Pepperdine men's basketball team will wrap up play with Brigham Young and San Diego this weekend. After beating both schools at home to open up the league campaign, the Waves are already making the return trek to Provo on Thursday and San Diego on Saturday. It'll be the third and fourth road games in a row for Pepperdine, which is tied for second in the WCC standings.
GAME #17 -- Thursday (January 9) at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah: Pepperdine (10-6, 3-1 WCC) at Brigham Young (9-7, 1-2 WCC) at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT.
GAME #18 -- Saturday (January 11) at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.: Pepperdine at San Diego (9-7, 0-3 WCC, hosts Loyola Marymount on Thursday) at 6 p.m.
WAVECASTS -- Live audio broadcasts of both the BYU and San Diego games will be free to all users at www.pepperdinesports.com. Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein is behind the microphone (now in his 29th season, he has a streak going of 861 consecutive broadcasts).
TELEVISION -- The Brigham Young game will be televised by BYUtv. Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler and Spencer Linton are the announcers. The San Diego game will be shown on FOX Sports San Diego and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, and out-of-market viewers can watch the game online at TheW.tv. Eddie Doucette and Brad Holland are the announcers.
SOCIAL MEDIA -- On Twitter, get the latest news on the men's basketball program at @PeppBasketball and follow our coaches at @MartyWilson4, @CoachMarkAmaral, @Coach_BMoore and @jimpelman. You can also like the Pepperdine Men's Basketball and/or Pepperdine Athletics pages on Facebook, and both PepperdineHoops and PepperdineWaves on Instagram.
HOOPS EXTRA -- Pepperdine is providing more insider content to its fans this season via the Hoops Extra basketball blog, which can be accessed at www.pepperdinesports.com/hoopsextra.
MOBILE APP -- Pepperdine Athletics has launched a mobile app for iPad, iPhone and Android users. The app is free to download and features live scoring updates, news stories, on-demand video, photo galleries and much more. A subscription-based platform is also available to watch live video of home games. Go to your app store and search for "Pepperdine Athletics."
BRIGHAM YOUNG -- Pepperdine is 5-8 all-time against Brigham Young after beating the Cougars at home two weeks ago. That gave the Waves their first win against BYU in WCC play (1-4) and ended a seven-game losing streak overall in the series. Pepperdine is 1-5 in Provo (winning there in the initial visit in December 1985). The Waves have led at halftime in each of the last three games against BYU.
LAST TIME VS. BYU -- Back on December 30 in Firestone Fieldhouse ... Malcolm Brooks led another three-point barrage and Pepperdine held off BYU to post arguably its biggest win in several years in an 80-74 win at Firestone Fieldhouse. Brooks set a career high for the second straight game with 24 points and made six of nine three-pointers. The Waves were 13-for-24 from beyond the arc, while the Cougars were 1-for-11. Pepperdine led 40-28 at halftime and by 13 with 8 1/2 minutes to play. BYU closed the gap to three points on a couple of instances but the Waves finished the game strong. Five Waves scored in double-figures for the first time this season.
SAN DIEGO -- Pepperdine is 57-40 all-time against San Diego after beating the Toreros in the league opener. In each of the last three seasons, the Waves and Toreros have met three times, twice in the regular season and once at the WCC Tournament. Pepperdine won all three in 2011, while USD took all three in both 2012 and 2013. The Waves are 20-22 in San Diego but have won just once there in their last 10 visits.
LAST TIME VS. USD -- Back on December 28 in Firestone Fieldhouse ... Malcolm Brooks scored 20 points and Pepperdine fought off a San Diego comeback to post a 75-64 victory in the WCC opener. The Waves led by eight at halftime and 12 early in the second half, though the Toreros rallied to take their only lead with less than 12 minutes remaining. Tied at 58 with fewer than eight minutes left, Pepperdine went on a 10-0 run to help put the game away. The Waves also held USD scoreless for the final three-plus minutes. Brendan Lane scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, Jeremy Major had 13 points and Stacy Davis recorded his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
LAST GAME -- Pepperdine's strong run to start WCC play ended in the second half at San Francisco on Saturday as the Dons posted a 76-66 victory. The Waves, who led by 12 late in the first half and by eight at halftime (27-19), held the Dons to just 7-for-28 shooting in the first half. But USF came out in the second half and made 20 of 39 shots, plus all six of its three-pointers, en route to tripling their first-half output. Brendan Lane scored 13 points and Jeremy Major had 12.
WHEN HEALTHY -- Pepperdine has only played three complete games at full strength this season. It just so happens that it was the best three-game stretch of the season (wins that opened WCC play vs. San Diego, Brigham Young and Santa Clara). Pepperdine then led by 12 at San Francisco when Malcolm Brooks suffered a sprained ankle late in the first half. He did not return, and USF rallied in the second half for a victory ... Jett Raines missed the first eight games of the season with a hand injury before returning on December 4 vs. Cal State Fullerton ... Amadi Udenyi returned on December 28 against San Diego after missing 10 games due to a knee injury suffered early in the UC Riverside game.
LANE -- Senior forward Brendan Lane could give the Waves two straight WCC Newcomers of the Year. The UCLA transfer is averaging team highs of 15.4 points (ninth in the WCC), 8.4 rebounds (second in the WCC) and 2.5 blocks (first in the WCC) per game. Lane's 60.2% field-goal percentage ranks third in the WCC and 17th nationally. Lane only scored in double-figures once in his three years with the Bruins but did it in each of the first nine games this season and has done it a team-best 14 times overall. He has six double-doubles this year (and was twice one rebound away from having more). His 26-point, 17-rebound game at Santa Clara was the best stat line by a Wave since Glen McGowan went 31 and 22 in January 2005. It was the first 25-15 game since then, as well as the most rebounds by any Wave. Lane's seven blocked shots in the opener vs. San Diego Christian were the most by a Wave since Jarrad Henry set the school record with 11 on 2/5/2007. It tied the seventh-best single-game effort in Pepperdine history and set a school record for a player in his debut.
DAVIS -- Sophomore forward Stacy Davis only reached the 20-point mark once as a freshman, but he's done so six times already this season en route to a 14.6 scoring average. He's just the second Wave to score at least 20 points in each of the first four games of the season in the last 31 years. He's posted four double-doubles (and was twice one rebound away from more). In WCC games only, Davis is #1 in rebounding with 11.0 per game.
LANE AND DAVIS -- It was expected that Brendan Lane and Stacy Davis would give the Waves one of the best starting frontcourts in the WCC (if not the best), and the stats tilt in their favor thus far. Their combined averages of 30.0 points and 16.4 rebounds rank first in both categories among other conference big men. Against Houston Baptist, they became the first pair of Waves to post at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game in nearly 25 years. They have 10 double-doubles combined this season, tied with Portland for the most of any other league duo.
FRESHMAN POINT GUARDS -- The Waves have two very impressive freshman point guards this season. Jeremy Major, who should earn consideration for WCC All-Freshman honors, is averaging 11.6 points and he leads all freshmen and ranks seventh overall in the WCC with 4.4 assists per game. He set a Pepperdine true freshman record with 12 assists against Green Bay. Amadi Udenyi was a co-starter with Major the first two games of the season, but then missed 10 games with a knee injury. He came back at the start of league play without missing a beat, and is averaging 5.7 points and 2.8 assists while playing strong defense.
BROOKS -- After a fairly uneventful non-conference season (7.7 ppg, only scoring once in double-figures), junior guard Malcolm Brooks exploded onto the scene with 20 and 24-point efforts in the first two league games against San Diego and BYU. After making 12 three-pointers in the first 12 games, the JC transfer is 13-for-21 in four WCC games and is averaging 15.8 points in league play. His six three-pointers vs. BYU were the most by a Wave since January 2010.
SKOUEN -- Senior guard Nikolas Skouen became the 14th Wave ever to make 100 career three-pointers earlier this season vs. Utah Valley. He now has 105 and he will eventually need 125 to break into the Pepperdine top 10.
2013-14 HONORS -- Stacy Davis, last season's WCC Newcomer of the Year, was named to the preseason All-WCC first team ... Davis was named WCC Player of the Week on November 18 after averaging 23.5 points in road wins against UC Riverside and Central Michigan (he was the Waves' first WCC POTW since December 2010) ... Brendan Lane made the Great Alaska Shootout all-tournament team after averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds over three games ... Lane was named to CollegeHoopsDaily.com's list of the top five WCC players in November (15.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg) as well as one of the league's top five players during the non-conference season (14.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg) ... Malcolm Brooks was named WCC Player of the Week on December 31 after averaging 22.0 points in the league-opening wins against San Diego and BYU ... Brooks and Davis have given the Waves two WCC Players of the Week in one season for the first time since 2009-10 ... It wasn't the official award, but Lane was named College Sports Madness' WCC Player of the Week on January 6 after averaging 19.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in games at Santa Clara and San Francisco.
WCC STATS (OVERALL) -- Brendan Lane is first in blocked shots (2.5), second in rebounding (8.4), third in field goal percentage (.602), ninth in scoring (15.4) ... Stacy Davis is seventh in rebounding (8.0), 10th in scoring (14.6) ... Jeremy Major is fourth in three-point percentage (.472), seventh in assists (4.4), 15th in field goal percentage (.500) ... Malcolm Brooks is tied for eighth in three-point percentage (.455) ... Malte Kramer is seventh in three-point percentage (.459).
WCC STATS (WCC GAMES ONLY) -- Brendan Lane is tied for first in blocked shots (3.0), tied for fifth in scoring (17.0), tied for fifth in rebounding (8.0), ninth in field goal percentage (.556) ... Malcolm Brooks is second in three-point percentage (.619), third in field goal percentage (.622), tied for third in three-pointers made (3.3), ninth in scoring (15.8) ... Stacy Davis is first in rebounding (11.0), tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.3) ... Jeremy Major is first in three-point percentage (.667), 10th in assists (3.5) ... Malte Kramer is tied for seventh in three-point percentage (.500) ... Amadi Udenyi is tied for eighth in three-pointers made (2.0).
HALFWAY THERE -- Pepperdine is 4-2 when trailing at halftime and 1-0 when tied at halftime, but just 5-4 when leading at halftime. Only twice this season (San Diego, Santa Clara) have the Waves have outscored the opponent in both halves. Pepperdine's halftime splits have been 34.6 ppg and 46.8% shooting in the first half and 38.4 ppg and 49.1% shooting in the second half.
SCORING UP -- As is the case for much of the NCAA, Pepperdine's scoring (72.9 points per game) has increased this season. Last year, the Waves averaged 62.8 points overall. The last time the Waves averaged 70+ points for a season was 2007-08. Pepperdine is shooting 47.9%, on pace to be the Waves' best mark since 1992-93.
HOME SWEET HOME? -- In Firestone Fieldhouse, Pepperdine is shooting 45.8% from the field and 31.7% on three-pointers. In road/neutral-site games, those percentages are 49.6% and 44.0%, respectively.
SOME NUMBERS -- Pepperdine is 8-1 when holding the opponent below 43% shooting, and 10-2 when it's below 46% .... The Waves have shot better than the opponent in 13 of 16 games (and are 9-4 in those games) ... The Waves are 5-3 in close games (nine points or less) and 5-3 in not-so-close games (10-point margin or more) ... The Waves are 9-0 when holding an opponent to 71 points or fewer ... Pepperdine is 7-1 when the Waves lead in bench scoring.
DEBUTS -- Seven of the 13 Waves that have gotten into a game are in their debut season with Pepperdine. That includes the majority of the starters in all 16 contests. The new guys (which includes Brendan Lane, a redshirt) have scored 59.5% of the Waves' points this season (694/1167).
TEAM NOTES -- Pepperdine began the season 2-0 for the second time in three years (but also just the second time in the last 14 years) ... The Waves began the season 3-0 for the first time since 1998-99 ... Pepperdine was 4-1 after five games for the first time since 2004-05 ... Pepperdine's 88 points at Central Michigan were the most scored by the Waves since January 2011 against San Francisco ... The 17-point win at Central Michigan was the largest in a road game for the Waves since December 2007 ... The Waves had two consecutive road wins for the first time since November 2007, and three straight for the first time since February 2004 ... Pepperdine started with a 3-0 road record for the first time since 1988-89 ... Pepperdine's 71.4% shooting percentage against Denver set a Great Alaska Shootout record and was the second-best mark in program history. It was also the first time the Waves surpassed 60% in almost a decade (February 2004) ... The Waves also set a Great Alaska Shootout record with a combined 60.0% mark over three games ... Pepperdine finished non-conference play with a winning record (7-5) for the third straight season ... The Waves won their WCC opener for the fifth time in the last six years ... Pepperdine improved to 2-0 and 3-0 in the WCC for the first time since 2010 ... The Waves have had two three-game winning streaks in one season for the first time since 2004-05 ... Pepperdine reached the 10-win mark the quickest since 2004-05 (also in 15 games).
ROSTER NUMBERS -- At the start of the season, fans might have recognized half of the Waves' team, but the other half was brand new. Pepperdine returned eight players (seven letterwinners plus redshirt Brendan Lane) while bringing in eight newcomers (one JC transfer and seven freshmen). The returners accounted for 49% of last season's points and rebounds. Nikolas Skouen is the only player that entered 2013-14 having already competed in multiple seasons at Pepperdine. The roster breakdown is three seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and seven freshmen. All 13 scholarships are being utilized and there are three walk-ons.
WILSON -- This is Marty Wilson's third year as head coach at Pepperdine and his 17th season in Malibu. He has compiled an impressive record here beginning as a student-athlete (1985-89), continuing as an assistant coach (1991-96, which included a brief stint as the interim head coach) and then returning as the associate head coach for three seasons (2009-11) under Tom Asbury. He was then elevated to the position of head coach following Asbury's retirement after the 2010-11 season. Wilson was also an assistant at San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Utah inbetween stints at Pepperdine and has been a Division I coach for 23 seasons. He ended his playing career #5 all-time in assists at Pepperdine with 342 (he's still #9). The team went to the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT twice in Wilson's four seasons on the court. As a Pepperdine assistant, the team took part in the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT once.
ASSISTANTS -- Almost all of Pepperdine's staff is back, but some are in different roles. Associate head coach Mark Amaral and assistant coach Bryant Moore are both in their third seasons. Amaral and Marty Wilson were assistants together at UC Santa Barbara for four seasons. Moore worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons in a variety of roles, including player development coordinator, during the LeBron James era. John Impelman, who was the director of operations the past two seasons, has been promoted to assistant coach. Impelman is the great-grandson of UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. Jon Pastorek, last year's graduate manager, is now the director of operations.
WCC -- The West Coast Conference has gone from eight to nine and now to 10 schools over the last few years. Brigham Young joined prior to 2011-12, and Pacific rejoined in 2013-14. The coaches' preseason poll went in the following order: Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Diego, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Santa Clara, Portland and Pepperdine. But, in each of the last five years, Pepperdine has finished better than predicted (which coincides with when Marty Wilson came back to the program).
RECRUITS -- Last year's recruiting class saw Pepperdine stock up on guards and wings. The Waves then went big in their latest group to sign national letters-of-intent. In the November early signing period, they landed 6-foot-10 center Nate Gehring (Waukee, Iowa/Waukee HS), 6-foot-8 forward A.J. John (Santa Rosa, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS) and 6-foot-10 center Ryan Keenan (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge HS), all of whom will enter Pepperdine in fall 2014.
PEPPERDINE BASKETBALL -- This is the 76th season of Pepperdine men's basketball, and the 41st season that the Waves have called Firestone Fieldhouse home. The Waves began the campaign with an all-time record of 1,152-992 (.537). Pepperdine has been to the NCAA Tournament 13 times (last in 2002) and has won 12 West Coast Conference regular-season titles (last in 2002) and three WCC Tournament crowns (last in 1994). Did you know that William "Bird" Averitt led the nation in scoring in 1972-73 with 33.9 points per game?
WAVES IN THE PROS -- Yakhouba Diawara, a former NBA veteran who now plays in Italy, competed in the 2012 Olympics for France. Mychel Thompson is the most recent Wave in the NBA, appearing in five games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12 after making the squad as an undrafted free agent. He is currently in the NBA's D-League with Santa Cruz. Pepperdine had a streak of 34 consecutive seasons with at least one Pepperdine alum on an NBA roster, which began in 1976-77 after the ABA/NBA merger and ended in 2010-11. Seventeen former Pepperdine players have seen action in the NBA, a list that includes notables such as Dennis Johnson (a 2010 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee, the 1979 NBA Finals MVP and a three-time NBA champion) and Doug Christie (a 15-year NBA veteran who was a mainstay on the All-Defensive Team).
CAMPUS LIFE PROJECT -- In May 2011, Pepperdine launched The Campaign for Pepperdine, the largest fundraising campaign in the University's history. The goal is to raise $450 million to support the Campus Life Project, which will benefit the entire campus. The key piece for Athletics is a new, state-of-the-art, 5,000-seat University Events Center, which will replace Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves' home. The project has been approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, so the biggest step remaining before the arena can be built is fundraising.
2013/2015 NCAA WEST REGIONALS -- Pepperdine University was the host institution for the 2013 West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and will do so again in 2015. The Waves partnered with AEG/Staples Center and the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission to bring NCAA postseason basketball to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports - one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat - and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest undergraduate enrollment and is the only school not affiliated with a BCS-level conference. The Waves have earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football school, three times (most recently in 2011-12). Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #57 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.