Pepperdine Hosts San Francisco Tonight At Firestone Fieldhouse
Jan. 31, 2004
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THIS WEEK: The Pepperdine men's basketball team, in the midst of a season-high three-game winning streak, concludes its current three-game homestand on Saturday when it entertains West Coast Conference (WCC) rival San Francisco at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 7 p.m.
TV/INTERNET: There is no television for Saturday's Pepperdine-San Francisco contest. However, the game can 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 9-12 on the season and 4-2 in WCC play. The Waves, who are currently tied with Santa Clara for second place in the WCC, are coming off an 86-82 victory over Saint Mary's Thursday night. Junior forward Yakhouba Diawara led the charge with a double-double as he established career-highs with 30 points and 10 rebounds against the Gaels. During its current three-game winning streak, Pepperdine is averaging 85.3 points-per-game while allowing 76.0 points a contest -- a +9.3 scoring margin. The Waves are also out-rebounding their opponents and shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
SAINT MARY'S RECAP: Displaying why there was so much anticipation and excitement about his arrival, junior forward Yakhouba Diawara registered a double-double with career-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead Pepperdine to an 86-82 victory over Saint Mary's in a West Coast Conference (WCC) game Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. After scoring 10 points in the first half, Diawara took control of the game in the second half and helped the Waves to the victory. In a see-saw game that had 11 lead changes and was tied 11 times, Pepperdine took the lead for good with 5:20 remaining on a lay-up by sophomore forward Keith Jarbo. Diawara scored 11 of the Waves' final 15 points and their last seven. Diawara was joined in double figures by junior forward Glen McGowan (15) and junior guard Terrance Johnson and sophomore guard Alex Acker, who each contributed 12 points. Junior guard Paul Marigney paced Saint Mary's with 18 points as the Gaels had four players finish in double figures. Pepperdine held a 42-41 halftime lead despite allowing Saint Mary's to shoot 70.0 percent (14 of 20) from the field, including 71.4 percent (10 of 14) in the first half. The Gaels' shooting cooled off in the second half as they shot 59.1 percent from the field and finished the game with a 64.3 percent shooting mark. Saint Mary's was also hurt by 23 turnovers that led to 24 Pepperdine points. The Waves committed just 13 turnovers and finished the game with a 50.8 shooting percentage and out-rebounded Saint Mary's 28-24.
SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO: San Francisco begins play on Saturday with a 13-9 overall mark and is 3-3 in the West Coast Conference (WCC). The Dons have won three in a row, including a 64-52 victory at Loyola Marymount on Thursday. San Francisco is averaging 62.8 points a contest, while allowing 65.2 points per game. The Dons also hold a slight rebounding advantage over their opponents and are shooting 42.7 percent from the field. San Francisco has three players averaging in double figures and is led by senior forward James Bayless, who is averaging 12.4 points a contest.
SERIES VERSUS SAN FRANCiSCO: Saturday's game between Pepperdine and San Francisco will mark the 173rd meeting between the two schools, with the Dons leading the all-time series, 57-42. The two teams met twice last year and San Francisco swept the season series, defeating the Waves 87-77 at War Memorial Gymnasium and 90-82 in Malibu.
PEPPERDINE'S NEXT OPPONENT: The Waves begin the second half of West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Thursday when they travel to Spokane, Washington, to visit No. 10-ranked and conference-leading Gonzaga at The Kennel beginning at 7 p.m. in a game that will aired live on ESPN2. Gonzaga enters play on Saturday with a 16-2 overall record and a 6-0 mark in WCC play.
PEPPERDINE IN WCC: : Dating back to the 1997-98 season, Pepperdine has the West Coast Conference's (WCC) second-best record in league play. The Waves have compiled an overall record to date of 66-24 (.733), trailing only Gonzaga, which has posted a 77-13 (.855) during the same time. Since 1998, Gonzaga and Pepperdine have either won or shared every WCC regular-season title. The Bulldogs claimed outright titles in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003, while the Waves captured the 2000 regular season crown. The two teams shared the title in 2002.
WAVES TAKING CARE OF THE BALL: Throughout the season, Pepperdine has done a good job of taking care of the basketball. Entering play this week, the Waves were averaging 12.3 turnovers a game to lead the West Coast Conference (WCC) and rank No. 10 nationally.
WAVES PLAYING CLOSE GAMES: Through 21 games thus far this season, eight of Pepperdine's games have been decided by four points or less. In those contests, Pepperdine has a 2-6 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 two victories were an 81-80 victory over Bradley on December 20 and an 86-82 win versus Saint Mary's on Thursday.
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. Heading into Saturday's game against San Francisco, Johnson has totaled 1,135 points to tie for No. 23 on the school's all-time career points list. Through 80 career games at Pepperdine, Johnson is averaging 14.2 points a contest.
MORE TJ: Terrance Johnson has been Pepperdine's most consistent scorer this season as he has reached double-digits in all 21 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 10 times.
Yakhouba Diawara MAKING A DIFFERENCE: After sitting out the first 17 games of the season while his eligibility was being reviewed by the NCAA's Management Council, junior forward Yakhouba Diawara has made a big impact in the four games he has played. He is currently averaging 22.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent from the field and giving Pepperdine and inside scoring presence. In the four games Diawara has played, the Waves are scoring 81.03 points a game while allowing 75.8 points a contest. Additionally, Pepperdine has a +5.8 rebounding advantage over its opponent and is shooting 49.4 percent from the field. Diawara become the third member of the team this season to reach the 30-point mark when he scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed a personal-best 10 rebounds against Saint Mary's on Thursday.
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 West Coast Conference (WCC) in scoring with 18.0 points a game. McGowan has reached double figures in 17 of the 20 games he has played in 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 nine 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 129-75 (.632) 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 reached 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. Entering play this week, those three teams are a combined 27-8 (.844). Dayton is currently 11-3, Colorado is 6-4 and Oklahoma State has a 10-1 mark. The 15 non-conference opponents Pepperdine played this year have a combined record of 111-71 (.610).
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 in the midst of his third season at Pepperdine and has compiled a mark of 46-34 (.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 130-61 (.681). 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 1054-796 (.570). 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 467-297 (.611), including a 239-111 (.688) 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 66-17 (.795) at home. Pepperdine's all-time homecourt record at Firestone Fieldhouse, dating back to the start of the 1973-74 campaign, currently stands at 304-107 (.740). The Waves are currently 6-3 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 3-9 away from Firestone Fieldhouse, including 1-3 in neutral court games.
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