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Pepperdine Travels To Bay Area This Weekend For WCC Road Contests


 
 

Feb. 15, 2005

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THIS WEEK: The Pepperdine men's basketball team concludes its regular-season road record this week when it travels to face Santa Clara and Saint Mary's in a pair of West Coast Conference (WCC) games. The Waves visit the Broncos at the Leavey Center on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend against the Gaels at McKeon Pavilion starting at 7 p.m.

Pepperdine closes out the regular season next Saturday, February 26, against local rival Loyola Marymount at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 7 p.m.

RADIO/TV: There is no live radio for Thursday's game at Santa Clara. 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.

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 14-12 on the season and 4-7 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. Pepperdine is coming off a 72-66 victory over Portland at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday. Freshman center Russell Hicks turned in a career night as he scored 14 points, grabbed six rebounds, totaled eight blocked shots and had two assists. The Waves are currently tied with Portland for sixth place in the WCC.

PORTLAND RECAP: Led by the inspired play of freshman center Russell Hicks, the Pepperdine men's basketball team defeated Portland, 72-66, Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. Hicks turned in a career night as he established career-highs with 14 points, eight blocks, two assists and tied a personal-best with six rebounds. Hicks' insertion into the game with just over seven minutes remaining sparked a Pepperdine comeback after the Waves trailed 60-53 with 7:07 remaining. His presence was immediately felt on the defensive end as he blocked a shot that led directly to a lay-up and started a 10-4 run that gave Pepperdine a 65-64 lead with 4:26 remaining. The Waves were forced to come back in the game after Portland turned a 35-33 halftime deficit into a 42-35 lead two minutes into the second half. The Pilots held the lead until Pepperdine took a two-point lead at 49-47 with 11:36 remaining on a lay-up by senior forward Yakhouba Diawara who paced the Waves with 23 points and eight rebounds. With Hicks on the bench, Portland out-scored Pepperdine 13-4 to take a 60-53 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Waves had four players score in double figures as junior guard Alex Acker contributed 15 points and senior forward Glen McGowan added 14 to join Hicks and Diawara.

ABOUT SANTA CLARA: Santa Clara begins play this week with a 13-12 overall record and is 6-4 in WCC. The Broncos are currently in third place in the conference and are coming off a dramatic 78-76 victory over Saint Mary's on Friday. Santa Clara has three players scoring in double figures and is led by senior guard Doron Perkins, who is averaging 15.7 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds a contest. Head coach Dick Davey is in the midst of his 13th season at Santa Clara and has compiled an overall record to date of 215-160 (.573).

SERIES VERSUS SANTA CLARA: Thursday's game between Pepperdine and Santa Clara will mark the 108th meeting between the two programs with the Broncos leading the all-time series, 61-46. Santa Clara has won the last two games played between the two schools, including an 83-71 victory over the Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse on January 22. Pepperdine has not lost a season series against Santa Clara since the 2001-02 campaign.

ABOUT SAINT MARY'S: Saint Mary's enters play this week with a 20-7 overall record and is in second place in the WCC with a 7-3 mark. The Gaels suffered a tough 78-76 loss at Santa Clara on Friday. Prior to hosting the Waves on Saturday, Saint Mary's will entertain Loyola Marymount on Thursday. The Gaels have three players scoring in double figures and are led by junior forward Daniel Kickert, who is averaging 15.4 points a contest. Former Pepperdine assistant coach Randy Bennett is the midst of his fourth season at Saint Mary's and has compiled an overall record to date of 63-54 (.538).

SERIES VERSUS SAINT MARY'S: Saturday's game between Pepperdine and Saint Mary's will mark the 109th meeting between the two programs with the Waves leading the all-time series, 66-42. Pepperdine has lost three in a row to the Gaels, including a 70-63 setback at Firestone Fieldhouse on January 20.

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.

MORE WCC: The West Coast Conference (WCC) joins the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as one of just two conferences that boast all of its member teams having at least 11 wins. The WCC and the ACC are joined by the Pac-10 as the only three conferences in the country that can claim all of its member institutions own double-digit wins.

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 at Santa Clara, McGowan ranks 21st on the school's all-time points list with 1,215 points. In 88 games, McGowan is averaging 13.8 points a contest.

MCGOWAN RANKS AMONG TOP 50 IN REBOUNDING: Heading into Thursday's game at Santa Clara, Glen McGowan is tied with Tom Lewis (1987-90) for 37th on Pepperdine's all-time career rebounding list with 446.

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 game of being held to less than 10 points at Loyola Marymount on January 29, McGowan has scored at least 10 points in the last four games and has now reached double digits in 32 of his last 33 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 at Santa Clara, Acker currently has 1,168 points to rank No. 25th on Pepperdine's all-time list. In 83 career games, Acker is averaging 14.1 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 123 to rank No. 9 all-time.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior center Jesse Pinegar was added to the injury list on January 11when 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, who missed a total of 20 games due to a concussion and then a knee injury, returned to the line-up Thursday night against Gonzaga and played 13 minutes.

MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS: Through 26 games this season, Pepperdine is currently averaging 73.3 points a contest while allowing 70.9 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 78.8 points a game and is shooting 47.7 percent from the field in its 14 victories and is out-scoring and out-rebounding its opponents by 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a contest...In Pepperdine's 12 losses, the Waves are averaging 66.8 points while surrendering 77.6 points a contest...The Waves have shot 40.7 percent from the field while their opponents are connecting on 46.8 percent of their field goal attempts...Pepperdine is also being out-rebounded by an average of 6.4 rebounds a game in their defeats...Individually, senior forward Glen McGowan ranks second in the WCC and leads the Waves with 19.1 points a contest while junior guard Alex Acker is second on the club and seventh in the conference with 15.8 points a game...McGowan also leads the team and is third in the conference with 7.7 rebounds a contest...Additionally, Acker tops the Waves and is fourth in the WCC with 3.81 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 1.56 per game...McGowan has scored in double figures in 24 of 26 games this season and has scored 20 or more points 13 times...Acker has reached double-figure point totals in 21 of 26 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 13-2 when leading at halftime, 0-9 when behind at the half and 1-1 when tied...Pepperdine is 13-2 when posting a higher shooting percentage than its opponent...The Waves have scored 58 points in three of their 12 losses.

WAVES VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: Pepperdine is currently 1-2 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 in Spokane on January 15 when the No. 16 Bulldogs registered an 86-62 victory over Pepperdine. Gonzaga, ranked No. 14, defeated the Waves again Thursday night, posting an 82-75 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse.

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 75-34 (.688), trailing only Gonzaga, which has posted an 94-15 (.862) 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 132-81 (.620) 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 66-50 (.569) 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 150-77 (.661). 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 1074-812 (.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 487-349 (.582), including a 248-115 (.683) 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 76-22 (.775) at home. Pepperdine's all-time homecourt record at Firestone Fieldhouse, dating back to the start of the 1973-74 campaign, currently stands at 314-111 (.739). The Waves are currently 8-3 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.

ON THE WEB: For all of the latest news, results and schedule information concerning Pepperdine Athletics go to http://www.PepperdineSports.com.

 

 

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