Pepperdine Opens Exhibition Play with 71-57 Win Over Biola on Wednesday
Nov. 9, 2005
Malibu, Calif. - Senior Tashaan Forehan-Kelly scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds and junior guard Gregg Barlow scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Pepperdine men's basketball team to a 71-57 victory over Biola in the Waves' exhibition-opener Wednesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
With six newcomers on the roster, fifth-year head coach Paul Westphal sent out an entirely new starting line-up from the one started Pepperdine's final game a year ago. The group that opened against Biola had a total of eight career starts - all of them by sophomore center Jarrad Henry.
In addition to Henry, the Pepperdine starting line-up included Barlow, a junior-college transfer, Forehan-Kelly, freshman forward Willie Galick and rookie point guard Michael Gerrity.
The unfamiliarity a five new players showed in the first half as the Waves found themselves tied 23-23 at halftime after committing 10 turnovers and shooting just 33.3 percent (10 of 30) from the field during the first 20 minutes.
However, Pepperdine found a spark in the opening minutes of the second half as the Waves used a 16-6 run over the first 5:30 of the half to build a 10-point lead at 39-29.
Pepperdine's defense sparked the run as the inside shot-blocking prowess of Henry, who had three of his game-high four blocks in the early-going, ignited fast-break opportunities that Barlow, Forehan-Kelly and Gerrity turned into easy points.
During the run, Barlow scored six points while Forehan-Kelly and Gerrity chipped in with four points each and Galick capped the run with a lay-up.
Pepperdine built leads of 15 points on five different occasions before taking its biggest lead of the game on the second of two free throws by freshman forward Chris Oakes that gave the Waves a 67-50 lead with 3:49 remaining.
Galick and freshman guard Tomas Pranciliaskas both scored eight points with Pranciliaskas demonstrating his touch from three-point range as he connected on two of three field goal attempts from behind the arc.
Pepperdine, which shot 49.3 percent from the field, connected on 62.2 percent (23 of 37) of its field goal attempts during the second half. The Waves also dominated the boards as they out-rebounded the Eagles, 43-27.
Senior forward Brandon Warner led Biola with 14 points and eight rebounds while sophomore forward Danny Jones added 13 points.
Pepperdine concludes its two-game exhibition schedule on Saturday when it hosts Cal Baptist at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 5 p.m. It marks the Waves' final tune-up before their season-opening home contest against No. 2 Connecticut on Friday, November 18.