Pepperdine Stung By San Diego, 92-88, Saturday Night
Feb. 5, 2005
Senior forward Brandon Gay hit a three-point basket with :38 remaining to break an 88-88 tie to lift San Diego to a 92-88 West Coast Conference (WCC) victory over Pepperdine and snap a four-game losing streak against the Waves Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.
Pepperdine (13-11, 3-6) had a chance to tie the game with :11 remaining but freshman guard Kingsley Costain's three-point attempt hit off the rim. Gay added a free throw with :09 remaining to seal the win for San Diego (12-10, 4-5).
Gay's heroics overshadowed a game and season-high 31 points from Pepperdine junior guard Alex Acker who also totaled a team-high eight rebounds.
The Toreros overcame a nine-point second-half deficit to register their first win over the Waves since 88-73 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse in 2003.
Trailing 79-70 with 10:48 remaining, San Diego out-scored Pepperdine 14-5 over an eight minute span to tie the game at 84-84 on a three-pointer by Gay. The Toreros increased their lead to three points before the Waves tied the score on a jumper by Acker.
Both teams shot well from the field as they each connected on 50 percent of their shots. Pepperdine out-scored San Diego 14-0 in the paint, but Gay took control of the game in the second half, scoring 21 of his 24 points in the final 20 minutes.
Junior forward Nick Lewis scored a team-high 28 points for San Diego as he connected on 10 of 13 shots, including 5 of 6 from behind the three-point arc. The Toreros shot an impressive 51.9 percent (14 of 27) from behind the arc while the Waves shot a respectable 46.2 percent (12 of 26) from three-point range.
Costain scored 18 points for the Pepperdine, all coming from three-point range while senior forward Glen McGowan totaled 16 points. Sophomore guard Marvin dished out a game-high 11 assists.
Pepperdine returns home this week to take on nationally-ranked Gonzaga Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse in a game that will televised live nationally by ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m.