Pepperdine Runs Win Streak To Five With 62-56 Victory Over UC Santa Barbara
Dec. 1, 2004
Senior forward Glen McGowan led three Pepperdine players in double figures with a game-high 18 points and the Waves survived a spirited second-half comeback attempt by UC Santa Barbara to post a 62-56 victory over the Gauchos Wednesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
McGowan, who also had a team-high tying seven rebounds, was joined in double figures by senior forward Yakhouba Diawara and junior guard Alex Acker who scored 15 and 16 points, respectively.
Diawara and Acker also tied McGowan with seven rebounds as the trio paced the Waves (5-1) to their fifth straight victory. The winning streak equals Pepperdine's longest since running off five straight victories near the end of the 2003-04 season.
The 5-1 start is the Waves' best since they opened the 1998-99 campaign with five straight wins.
Leading 33-21 at the break, Pepperdine opened the second half with a 13-0 run to build a 25-point lead at 46-21. The Waves kept the Gauchos (1-3) scoreless for the first 5:05 of the period as UC Santa Barbara missed its first five shots and turned the ball over four times.
Senior guard Chrismen Oliver finally broke the scoring drought with a lay-up at the 14:55 mark.
Pepperdine countered with a basket by junior center Derick Grubb to make it 48-25 before UC Santa Barbara went on a 13-0 run of its own to cut the Waves' lead to 48-36 with 10:07 remaining.
The Gauchos, who used a successful zone defense in the second half, forced Pepperdine to rely on its outside shooting and sliced the deficit to five points at 55-50 with 2:43 remaining.
UC Santa Barbara trailed by five on three occasions but was unable to get any closer.
Oliver led the Gauchos with 14 points while junior guard Josh Davis contributed 10 points and added four rebounds.
The Waves had their second-lowest field goal percentage (39.3 percent) of the season as they connected on just 22 of 56 shots from the field. Pepperdine shot just 28.6 percent from behind the three-point line as it made just eight of 28 shots from behind the three-point line.
Pepperdine returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Azusa Pacific at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 2 p.m.