Waves Host No. 14 Gonzaga In Nationally-Televised Game Thursday Night
Feb. 7, 2005
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THIS WEEK: The Pepperdine men's basketball team returns home after a three-game road trip to host nationally-ranked Gonzaga Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 8 p.m. The contest begins a weekend of activities as the University celebrates Homecoming.
After entertaining Gonzaga in a nationally-televised game, the Waves will host Portland on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m.
RADIO/TV: There is no live radio for Thursday's Gonzaga game. However, all the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.PepperdineSports.com. Veteran play-by-play announcer Al Epstein will call the action. All regular-season and post-season games involving the Waves can be heard on the Internet. Live stats are also available for selected Pepperdine games via Gametracker.
PEPPERDINE-GONZAGA TO BE TELEVISED BY ESPN2: Thursday's Pepperdine-Gonzaga game will be televised live nationally by ESPN2. Dave Pasch will handle the play-by-play duties while Jimmy Dykes will provide analysis.
VIDEO STREAMING ALSO AVAILABLE: In addition to listening live to home broadcasts, video streaming is also available for selected home games at www.PepperdineSports.com.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE: The Waves are currently 13-11 on the season and 3-6 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. Pepperdine is coming off a 92-88 loss at San Diego Saturday night. Junior guard Alex Acker led the Waves with a season-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
SAN DIEGO RECAP: 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 victory over Pepperdine Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Waves 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. Gay's heroics overshadowed a game and season-high 31 points from 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.
ABOUT GONZAGA: Gonzaga opens play this week with 17-4 overall record and is tied with Saint Mary's for first place in the WCC with a 7-2 mark. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press and No. 17 in the EPSN / USA Today Coaches Poll. Gonzaga leads the conference in scoring, averaging 79.1 points a game. The Bulldogs have four players averaging in double figures and are led by sophomore forward Adam Morrison, who is scoring 18.1 points a contest and ranks No. 3 in the WCC. Gonzaga also boasts the league's top rebounder and shot-blocker in senior forward Ronny Turiaf who is averaging 8.9 rebounds and 1.52 blocked shots a game. Head coach Mark Few is in the midst of his sixth year at Gonzaga and has compiled an overall record to date of 150-36 (.806).
SERIES VERSUS GONZAGA: Thursday's contest between Gonzaga and Pepperdine will mark the 58th meeting between the two programs, with the Waves leading the all-time series, 31-27. The Bulldogs have captured the last seven contests, including a 86-62 victory at the McCarthey Athletic Center on January 15. Pepperdine's last win over Gonzaga came in 2002 when the Waves registered an 88-79 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse. The current seven-game winning by the Bulldogs is the longest one team has had against Pepperdine since San Francisco won nine straight over the Waves from 1976-81. Santa Clara holds the longest winning streak one team has had against Pepperdine, posting 19 straight wins from 1964-73.
ABOUT PORTLAND: Portland begins play this week with a 14-10 overall record and is 3-6 in WCC play. The Pilots split their two games over the weekend, defeating Santa Clara, 75-62, before falling 73-72 to Saint Mary's at home on Saturday. Prior to visiting Malibu on Saturday, Portland will play at Loyola Marymount on Thursday. Portland has two players averaging in double figures and is led by junior guard Pooh Jeter, who is scoring 16.2 points a contest. Head coach Michael Holton is in the midst of his fourth season leading the Pilots and has compiled an overall record to date of 42-68 (.382).
SERIES VERSUS PORTLAND: Saturday's game between Pepperdine and Portland will mark the 70th meeting between the two programs, with the Waves leading the all-time series, 49-20. The Pilots registered an 81-71 victory at the Chiles Center on January 13 to snap a 12-game losing streak against Pepperdine that dated back to 1999.
WCC NO. 7 IN RPI RANKINGS: The West Coast Conference (WCC) continued to be ranked among the top conferences in the country as it maintained its No. 7 ranking in this week's RPI Rankings. The No. 7 ranking is the highest-ever for the WCC. The WCC's highest RPI ranking prior to this season a 10th place finish at the conclusion of the 2001-02 season.
WCC BREAKS NON-CONFERENCE WINS RECORD: West Coast Conference (WCC) teams have compiled a cumulative overall record of 76-37 for a .672 winning percentage. The 76 wins eclipse the previous mark of 73 set during the 1984-85 season. The WCC is assured of setting a league record for winning percentage. The previous league mark was .649 set during the 1978-79 campaign.
MCGOWAN'S 22 REBOUNDS RANK THIRD IN COUNTRY: Senior forward Glen McGowan totaled a career-high 22 rebounds to go along with 31 points against Colorado State on January 3. At the time, it tied for the most by a player in Division I this season, equaling UNLV's Louis Amundson who had 22 against Auburn on December 12. Penn State's Aaron Johnson totaled 24 rebounds against Western Carolina on November 15 and Fresno State's Dreike Bouldin tallied 23 against Louisiana Tech on January 8.
MCGOWAN RECORDS 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Senior forward Glen McGowan is steadily moving his way up Pepperdine's all-time career scoring list. Entering Thursday's game against Gonzaga, McGowan ranks 22nd on the school's all-time points list with 1,179 points. In 86 games, McGowan is averaging 13.7 points a contest.
MCGOWAN RANKS AMONG TOP 50 IN REBOUNDING: Heading into Thursday's game against Gonzaga, Glen McGowan is tied with Hugh Faulkner (1950-51) for 40th on Pepperdine's all-time career rebounding list with 434.
MCGOWAN DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING GAME: After scoring in double figures for 28 straight games dating back to January 31, 2004, Glen McGowan had his streak snapped against Santa Clara on January 22. Following a second straight of being held to less that points at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, McGowan scored 14 points at San Francisco on Thursday and has now reached double digits in 29 of his last 31 games.
ACKER REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Junior guard Alex Acker became the 34th player in Pepperdine history to record 1,000 career points earlier this season. Entering Thursday's game against Gonzaga, Acker currently has 1,134 points to rank No. 26th on Pepperdine's all-time list. In 81 career games, Acker is averaging 14.0 points.
ACKER MOVES INTO TOP 10 IN STEALS: Alex Acker has moved into Pepperdine's Top 10 career steals list this season. He currently has 119 to rank No. 9 all-time.
TAKE ME HOME: Firestone Fieldhouse has been a great place for the Waves to play in 2004-05. Pepperdine is currently 7-2 at home this and is defeating its opponents by an average of 7.3 points a game. The Waves are scoring 74.0 points and limiting their opponents to 66.7 points a contest. Pepperdine is shooting 45.3 percent from the field and keeping its opponents to just 39.8 percent shooting. Senior forward Glen McGowan has particularly liked playing in the intimate confines of Firestone Fieldhouse as he is averaging team-leading totals of 21.2 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.
TOUGH ROAD: While posting 7-2 mark at home, things have not gone as well on the road for Pepperdine as it has just a 6-9 record away from Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves are 2-7 in true road games and 4-2 in neutral court games. Pepperdine has averaged 72.8 points a contest while allowing 75.8 points a game on the road. Opponents have also shot the ball better against the Waves away from Firestone Fieldhouse as they are connecting on 45.7 percent of their shots while Pepperdine connecting on 44.0 percent of its field goals.
INJURY UPDATE: Senior center Jesse Pinegar was added to the injury list three weeks ago when he dislocated his left ankle during practice and was unable to make the trip to the Pacific Northwest. He is expected to be out at least one more week. Junior center Derick Grubb has missed a total of 19 games due to a back injury and is likely to redshirt this season. Sophomore forward Cody Horning has missed a total of 20 games due to a concussion and then a knee injury.
MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: Through 24 games this season, Pepperdine is currently averaging 73.2 points a contest while allowing 72.4 points a game...The Waves rank fourth in the West Coast Conference (WCC) in scoring offense and are seventh in scoring defense...Pepperdine is averaging 79.3 points a game and is shooting 48.0 percent from the field in its 13 victories and is out-scoring and out-rebounding its opponents by 11.0 points and 5.2 rebounds a contest...In Pepperdine's 11 losses, the Waves are averaging 66.1 points while surrendering 77.2 points a contest...The Waves have shot 40.2 percent from the field while their opponents are connecting on 46.4 percent of their field goal attempts...Pepperdine is also being out-rebounded by an average of 4.7 rebounds a game in their defeats...Individually, senior forward Glen McGowan ranks second in the WCC and leads the Waves with 19.2 points a contest while junior guard Alex Acker is second on the club and ninth in the conference with 15.7 points a game...McGowan also leads the team and is third in the conference with 7.8 rebounds a contest...Additionally, Acker tops the Waves and is fifth in the WCC with 3.79 assists a game...Senior center Jesse Pinegar is converting 46.5 percent (20-43) of his three-pointers to lead Pepperdine and rank second in the conference...Freshman center Russell Hicks leads the Waves and is second in the WCC in blocked shots, averaging 1.29 per game...McGowan has scored in double figures in 22 of 24 games this season and has scored 20 or more points 12 times...Acker has reached double-figure point totals in 19 of 24 contests...McGowan has also led the Waves in rebounding 10 times, has scored 25 or more points on five occasions and has a team-high six double-doubles...The Waves are 12-2 when leading at halftime, 0-8 when behind at the half and 1-1 when tied...Pepperdine is 12-2 when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent...The Waves have scored 58 points in three of their nine losses.
WAVES VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: Pepperdine is currently 1-1 against ranked opponents this season. The Waves registered a 75-61 victory over then No. 17-ranked Wisconsin on November 27 at Firestone Fieldhouse. It marked Pepperdine's first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 13 Gonzaga, 88-79, in Malibu on January 18, 2002. The Waves suffered their first defeat to a ranked opponent this season Saturday night in Spokane when the No. 16 Bulldogs registered an 86-62 victory over Pepperdine.
PEPPERDINE AND THE 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 74-33 (.691), trailing only Gonzaga, which has posted an 92-15 (.860) record 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, 2003 and 2004, while the Waves captured the 2000 regular season crown. The two teams shared the title in 2002.
SURGING WAVES: In the last six-plus seasons, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 131-80 (.621) and advanced to post-season play four times. The Waves had their streak of post-season appearances snapped in 2003 and will look for a return in 2005. Pepperdine has averaged 19.67 wins a year dating back to the 1988-89 campaign.
PEPPERDINE HONORS: Junior guard Alex Acker was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Player of the Week" for the week of November 29 for his performance during a pair of victories over No. 17/20 Wisconsin and Long Beach State. Acker nearly averaged a double-double with 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds to go along with 5.0 assists a game. He connected on 44.8 percent of his shots, including 55.6 percent from three-point range. He also converted on 11 of 12 free throw attempts. Acker scored five of his game-high 25 points in the closing minutes to help the Waves hold off Long Beach State Tuesday night. He also added a team-best nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Against Wisconsin, Acker totaled 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Pepperdine's upset win over the Badgers on Saturday...Senior forward Glen McGowan was named CollegeInsider.com's "Star of the Week" for his 29-point performance against nationally-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday. McGowan connected on 12-of-21 attempts from the field, including 4-of-8 from behind the three-point arc. His performance against the Badgers came on the heels of a 15-point, five-rebound showing at Long Beach State. In two games, McGowan averaged a team-best 22.0 points a contest while shooting 54.8 percent from the field...Last week he shared the WCC's "Player of the Week" award with Saint Mary's Paul Marigney after averaging 26.7 points and 12.7 rebounds in three games.
WAVES INK THREE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD: Head coach Paul Westphal and his staff signed three recruits during the recently-concluded early signing period. Willie Galick, Chris Oakes and Tomas Pranciliauskas will enroll at Pepperdine next fall. Galick is a 6-7, 230-pound forward from Nanaimo, British Columbia. He attended Cedar Community School where he averaged 33 points, 15 rebounds three assists and two steals as a junior. Galick was a AA "Most Valuable Player"/All-Star and was a three-time Team Island All-Star. Oakes (6-9, 195) was highly recruited prep out of Oakland's Castlemont High. He was ranked among Sout.com's Top 10 centers on the west coast, was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best In The West" and was a Nike All-American Camp participant. Oakes scored 30 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocked shots in one game as a junior. Pranciiauskas, a 6-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Vilnius, Lithuania, averaged 18.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists a contest as a junior at the Walsingham Academy in Virginia. Pranciiauskas was a first team Virginia Gazette All-star, first team All-TCIS and first team TCIS All-Tournament. Additionally, Pranciiauskas was a member of the Lithuania Junior National Team and a Nike All-American Camp participant.
Paul Westphal: Paul Westphal, the former head coach of the Phoenix Suns and the Seattle SuperSonics, is in the midst of his fourth season at Pepperdine and has compiled a mark of 65-49 (.570) 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 149-76 (.662). 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 67th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine men's basketball program has compiled an overall record to date of 1073-811 (.569). A total of 22 Pepperdine teams have posted 20-plus win campaigns, including three of the last five. 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 1979-80 campaign, Pepperdine teams have compiled an overall record of 486-348 (.583), including a 247-114 (.684) 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: Dating back to the start of the 1997-98 campaign, the Waves are 75-21 (.781) at home. Pepperdine's all-time homecourt record at Firestone Fieldhouse, dating back to the start of the 1973-74 campaign, currently stands at 313-110 (.740). The Waves are currently 7-2 in 2004-05.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine concluded the 2003-04 campaign with a 7-12 (.368) overall record after ending the year with a 79-74 neutral-court loss to Saint Mary's in the semi-finals of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Waves are currently 6-9 on the road, including 4-2 in neutral court games.
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