Men's Basketball Takes Momentum to Houston Baptist
Nov. 18, 2012
Atif Russell, who hails from nearby Katy, Texas. This is Pepperdine's third road game among the first four contests of the season.
GAME #4 -- Tuesday (Nov. 20) at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston, Texas: Pepperdine (1-2) at Houston Baptist (3-1) at 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT.
WAVECASTS -- Live video broadcasts of home games and audio broadcasts of all road contests are free to all users at www.pepperdinesports.com. Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein is behind the microphone (now in his 28th season, he has a streak of 819 consecutive broadcasts). Also on the official website, fans can join an interactive live blog/chat using Cover It Live technology during most Pepperdine games, including Houston Baptist.
SOCIAL MEDIA -- On Twitter, get the latest news on the men's basketball program at @PeppBasketball and follow our coaches and staff at @MartyWilson4, @CoachMarkAmaral, @Coach_BMoore and @jimpelman. You can also like the Pepperdine Men's Basketball and/or Pepperdine Athletics pages on Facebook.
TICKETS -- For the majority of home games, men's basketball single-game tickets cost $15 (reserved), $12 (adult general admission) or $5 (child general admission). Premium games (LMU, BYU and Gonzaga) have different pricing plans. Tickets can be purchased through the Pepperdine ticket office (866-WAVE-TIX) or via Ticketmaster.
HOUSTON BAPTIST -- This is the first-ever meeting between Pepperdine and Houston Baptist, which earned full status as an NCAA Division I program last year. The Huskies are currently part of the Great West Conference but will be moving to the Southland Conference in 2013-14.
LAST GAME -- A never-say-die Pepperdine squad, led by the late-game heroics of Lorne Jackson, rallied to knock off Washington State, 58-56 in overtime, in the Waves' home opener on Friday night. Though trailing 50-42, the Waves held the Cougars scoreless over the final 5+ minutes of regulation. Jackson hit back-to-back three-pointers and Stacy Davis tied it on a lay-up with 24 seconds left. WSU missed two shots in the final 10 seconds, the first of which was blocked by Jackson. The Cougars scored the first five points of overtime, but the Waves rallied and took the lead for the first time since the game's opening minutes on a driving lay-up by Jackson with 12 seconds remaining. Jackson had 15 points, Davis scored 14 and Jordan Baker added 13.
MORE WSU NOTES -- The Waves have now beaten a Pac-12 team two consecutive seasons (at Arizona State last year, vs. Washington State this year) ... It hasn't happened often, but WSU was the first one of the old Pac-10 teams to visit Firestone Fieldhouse since December 2002 (Oregon) and the first that the Waves had beaten at home since November 1985 (WSU) ... Pepperdine is now 3-3 all-time against the old Pac-10 schools in Firestone Fieldhouse, and is 6-5 against the current list of Pac-12 schools.
HOME OPENERS -- Following the win over Washington State, since 1944-45, Pepperdine now has a record of 51-18 all-time in home openers. In Firestone Fieldhouse, the Waves are 31-9 in home openers.
JACKSON -- Senior guard Lorne Jackson is back at full strength for his final season after redshirting last year due to knee surgery. "LoJack" was named All-WCC honorable mention in 2010-11 after averaging 13.2 points per game. With 930 career points, he should soon become the Waves' 37th 1,000-point scorer and could finish among the top 20 scorers in school history. Jackson is close to breaking into Pepperdine's top 10 in steals (116, he needs 123) and three-pointers (110, he needs 120).
PLAYER NOTABLES -- Jordan Baker is 9-for-15 (60.0%) from beyond the arc ... Baker's five steals vs. Washington State were the most by any Wave since February 2009 ... Caleb Willis tied a career high with eight assists vs. Washington State ... Lorne Jackson is the only player to score in double-figures all three games.
INJURIES -- Now that Jan Maehlen (hand) and Austin Mills (hand) have returned to active duty, only Malte Kramer (knee) is still sidelined. With Brendan Lane redshirting, the Waves had only nine players available for the first two games of the season.
ROSTER -- The Waves look much different this year. Only four letterwinners are back from last season, plus three redshirts. They're joined by six newcomers to bring the roster total to 13. The class breakdown is three seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen.
RETURNERS -- Lorne Jackson's previous numbers aren't included, but returning players account for 36% of last year's points (621/1,719), 28% of the rebounds (267/943), 55% of the assists (197/358), 21% of the blocked shots (18/85), 55% of the steals (74/135) and 40% of the minutes played (2,320/5,825).
WILSON -- This is head coach Marty Wilson's second year as head coach at Pepperdine and his 16th season in Malibu. He has compiled an impressive record here as a student-athlete (1985-89), an assistant coach (1991-96, which included a brief stint as the interim head coach) and as the associate head coach for three seasons (2009-11) under Tom Asbury. He was then elevated to the position of head coach following Asbury's retirement after the 2010-11 season. Wilson was also an assistant at San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Utah inbetween stints at Pepperdine and has been a Division I coach for 22 seasons. He ended his playing career #5 all-time in assists at Pepperdine with 342 (he's still #9). The team went to the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT twice in Wilson's four seasons on the court. As a Pepperdine assistant, the team went to the NCAA Tournament three times and the NIT once.
ASSISTANTS -- Associate head coach Mark Amaral, assistant coach Bryant Moore and director of operations John Impelman all have returned this season. Amaral and Marty Wilson were assistants together at UC Santa Barbara for four seasons. Moore worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five seasons in a variety of roles, including player development coordinator, during the LeBron James era. Impelman, who filled in as an assistant coach for a period of time last season, is the great-grandson of UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. New to the staff is assistant coach Jason Hart, one of the all-time best players at Syracuse and a nine-year NBA veteran, who coached Taft High School to a Los Angeles City Section Division I title last year.
WCC -- This is the second of two years that the West Coast Conference will have nine teams. Brigham Young joined prior to 2011-12, and the roster will grow to 10 in 2013-14 when Pacific rejoins the conference. The coaches' preseason poll went in the following order: Gonzaga, BYU, Saint Mary's, Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Portland and Pepperdine. Keep in mind, however, that the Waves have finished better than predicted in each of the previous four seasons (since Marty Wilson came back to the program).
RECRUITS -- The Waves inked three Southern California high school standouts to be their backcourt of the future during the early signing period. Jeremy Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), a 5-foot-10 point guard, averaged 25.8 points per game last season. Lamond Murray Jr. (Redondo Beach, Calif./Bishop Montgomery HS), a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 20.2 points as a prep junior. Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon HS), a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, made 92 three-pointers last season and helped La Costa Canyon to the state championship game. Major and Murray are teammates on the Double Pump 2013 Elite AAU squad, while Van Dyke plays for Gamepoint.
PEPPERDINE BASKETBALL -- This is the 75th season of Pepperdine men's basketball, and the 40th that the Waves have called Firestone Fieldhouse home. The Waves began the campaign with an all-time record of 1,140-974 (.539). Pepperdine has been to the NCAA Tournament 13 times (last in 2002) and has won 12 West Coast Conference regular-season titles (last in 2002) and three WCC Tournament crowns (last in 1994). Did you know that William "Bird" Averitt led the nation in scoring in 1972-73 with 33.9 points per game?
2013/2015 NCAA WEST REGIONALS -- Pepperdine University is the host institution for both the 2013 and 2015 West Regionals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Waves partnered with AEG/Staples Center and the LA Sports & Entertainment Commission to bring NCAA postseason basketball to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994.
WAVES IN THE PROS -- Yakhouba Diawara, a former NBA veteran who now plays in Italy, competed in the 2012 Olympics for France. Mychel Thompson is the most recent Wave in the NBA, appearing in five games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011-12 after making the squad as an undrafted free agent. He was in the New York Knicks' preseason camp this year but will likely return to the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League. Pepperdine had a streak of 34 consecutive seasons with at least one Pepperdine alum on an NBA roster, which began in 1976-77 after the ABA/NBA merger and ended in 2010-11. Seventeen former Pepperdine players have seen action in the NBA, a list that includes notables such as Dennis Johnson (a 2010 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee, the 1979 NBA Finals MVP and a three-time NBA champion) and Doug Christie (a 15-year NBA veteran who was a mainstay on the All-Defensive Team).
ABOUT PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat -- and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not associated with a BCS conference. The Waves earned the Division I-AAA All-Sports Trophy, an award based on postseason success that's given to the top non-football D-I school, for the third time in 2011-12. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.