Pepperdine Snaps Losing Skid With 97-88 Win Over Portland On Saturday
Jan. 10, 2004
Sophomore center Derick Grubb registered his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and freshman guard Chase Griffin scored a career-high 13 points to lead Pepperdine to a 97-88 West Coast Conference (WCC) victory over Portland Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The victory snapped the Waves' five-game losing streak and improved their record to 6-11 overall and 1-1 in WCC play. The Pilots lost their third straight contest to fall to 6-8 on the season and 0-1 in conference action.
Pepperdine overcame a 33-point effort from Portland sophomore guard Eugene Jeter who led all scorers.
Junior forward Glen McGowan paced the Waves with 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds. McGowan, Grubb and Griffin were joined in double figures by sophomore guard Alex Acker and junior guard Terrance Johnson, who scored 21 and 10 points, respectively.
For just the third time this season, Pepperdine won the battle on the boards as it out-rebounded Portland, 49-35. The 49 rebounds are a season-high for the Waves.
Pepperdine led the entire game as it built a 43-26 halftime lead and led by as many as 25 points with 13:00 remaining. Portland continued to battle and sliced the lead down to seven points at 93-86 with :14 remaining.
The Waves shot 42.0 percent (29 of 29) from the field, while Portland hit on 43.3 percent (26 for 60) of its shots from the floor.
A total of 56 fouls were called in the game as Pepperdine went to the free throw line 40 times, making 31, while the Pilots were 27 of 36 from the foul line.
Pepperdine continues WCC play on Thursday when it travels to the Bay Area to face Santa Clara at the Leavey Center beginning at 7 p.m.