Waves Suffer First Home Setback
Jan. 20, 2005
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Senior guard Paul Marigney led a group of four players in double figures with 16 points to pace Saint Mary's to a 70-63 victory over Pepperdine Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse and hand the Waves their first home loss of the season.
Pepperdine (12-8, 2-3) also suffered its season-high third straight loss of the year and had its nine-game home winning streak dating back to last year snapped.
The first half saw 10 lead changes with Saint Mary's (16-5, 3-1) using a 7-0 run over the final 3:27 of the half to take a 33-28 halftime lead.
The Gaels began the second half with a 13-6 run to assume their biggest lead of the game at 46-34 with 16:05 remaining.
Pepperdine, which was led by senior forward Yakhouba Diawara's 20 points, cut the deficit to two points at 56-54 with 7:36 remaining.
That, however, would be the closest Pepperdine would get as the Gaels answered with a 6-0 run to build an eight point lead at 64-56 with 3:40 remaining. The final two points came on two free throws by Daniel Kickert after Waves' head coach Paul Westphal was assessed a technical foul.
Pepperdine managed to get back within three points with 1:06 remaining on a pair of free throws by senior forward Glen McGowan. The Gaels scored the game's final four points to seal the win.
McGowan finished with 16 points and eight rebounds while freshman center Russell Hicks scored 10 points and had a career-high tying six rebounds.
Joining Marigney in double figures for the Gaels were E.J. Rowland and Brett Collins with 12 points apiece and Frederic Adjiwanou added 10.
Pepperdine returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Santa Clara at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 7 p.m.