Chase Griffin, Shane Griffin Help Waves Upset Santa Clara in Overtime
Feb. 26, 2007
MALIBU, Calif. - Seniors Chase Griffin and Shane Griffin turned in career scoring performances to lead Pepperdine to an 89-82 upset overtime victory over West Coast Conference (WCC) co-leader Santa Clara Monday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
After being honored prior to the game on Senior Night, Chase Griffin scored a personal-best 34 points, while Shane Griffin contributed a career-high 10 in his first collegiate start to help deny the Broncos a share of the WCC regular-season title.
Santa Clara's (20-9, 10-4) loss, combined with Gonzaga's 74-64 victory at San Diego Monday night, gave the Bulldogs (21-10, 11-3) the regular-season championship and the top seed at this weekend's WCC Tournament in Portland, Oregon.
Pepperdine finished the regular season with an 8-22 record, including a 4-10 mark in the WCC. The Waves concluded conference action in a tie with Portland (8-22, 4-10) for seventh place and will play San Diego (16-13, 6-8) in the opening round of the WCC Tournament Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Pepperdine, which led by as many as 13 points early in the second half, had to come from behind late in the game to force overtime. The Broncos led by as many as five points with under five minutes remaining and held a three-point advantage at 75-72 with 16 seconds left following a pair of free throws by Brody Angley.
After a timeout by the Waves, sophomore forward Willie Galick made a lay-up with nine seconds remaining and was fouled on the play. He then sank the free throw to complete the three-point play, tying the game 75-75 and sending it into overtime.
During the extra period, Chase Griffin took over as he scored eight points to seal the win as Pepperdine outscored Santa Clara, 14-7, in overtime.
The Waves held the Broncos without a field goal in the overtime period as all of their points came from the free throw line.
Two games removed from scoring 32 points against Loyola Marymount on February 17, Griffin produced a new career-high as he shot 11 of 16 from the field, including three of five from behind the arc, and made nine of 12 shots from the foul line.
Pepperdine made 15 of 33 shots (45.5 percent) from behind the arc as eight different Waves connected on three-pointers.
Junior guard Kingsley Costain, who scored 12 points, finished four of six from behind the arc.
Santa Clara was led by sophomore center John Bryant, who recorded a double-double with a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Broncos had their entire starting line-up score in double figures while their bench was held scoreless.