Pepperdine And UC Santa Barbara Renew War By The Shore Series Wednesday Night
Dec. 2, 2003
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THIS WEEK: The Pepperdine men's basketball team continues its week of action against Big West Conference (BWC) opponents when it travels to Santa Barbara on Wednesday to renew its "War By The Shore" rivalry with the Gauchos. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Thunderdome. The Waves close out the week on Saturday when they host Long Beach State at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 7:30 p.m.
TV/INTERNET: There is no television for Wednesday's contest at UC Santa Barbara. However, the game can be heard live worldwide on the Internet at www. PepperdineSports.com with veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein describing the action.
A LOOK AT THE WAVES: Pepperdine is currently 1-3 on the season. The Waves dropped their second straight game on Monday when they suffered a 78-74 setback to Cal State Fullerton at Firestone Fieldhouse. Sophomore Alex Acker scored a team-high 18 points in the loss.
Pepperdine is ranked No. 20 in this week's annual Mid-Major Poll released by CollegeInsider.com. Additionally, the Waves have been picked to finish second in the West Coast Conference (WCC) behind defending regular-season champion Gonzaga in a vote of conference coaches. The Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 1 among mid-major schools.
THE LAST TIME OUT: Freshman guard Bobby Brown scored a game-high 22 points and Cal State Fullerton survived a late run by Pepperdine as the Titans (1-3) posted their first win of the season, defeating the Waves, 78-74, at Firestone Fieldhouse on Monday. Pepperdine was led by sophomore guard Alex Acker who scored 18 points. Trailing by 15 points with 6:02 remaining, Pepperdine went on a 17-2 run over the next 5:49 to tie the score at 74-74 with 1:13 left in the contest. However, Cal State Fullerton made four of five free throws down the stretch to seal the win. The Titans won despite making just one field goal in the final 6:24 of the contest as they struggled handling Pepperdine's full-court press, turning the ball over four times. After trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half and down 39-36 at halftime, Cal State Fullerton took its first lead of the game one minute into the second half and outscored the Waves 26-18 to build a 15 point lead at 72-57. The Titans shot an impressive 66.7 percent (14 for 21) in the second half and finished the game with a 61.2 percent mark (30 for 49) from the field. Meanwhile, Pepperdine struggled offensively for most of the second half and finished the game with a season-low tying 42.4 percent (25 for 59) shooting percentage. For the fourth straight game, Pepperdine lost the rebounding battle as Cal State Fullerton held a 33-25 advantage on the boards. Senior center Pope Sow (18) and senior forward Anthony Bolton (10) also scored in double figures for the Titans. Joining Acker in double figures for Pepperdine, was junior forward Glen McGowan (14), junior guard Terrance Johnson (13) and freshman guard Shaun Davis (11).
SCOUTING UC SANTA BARBARA: UC Santa Barbara enters Wednesday's contest against Pepperdine with a 1-2 record. After opening the season with a 57-51 victory at Hawaii, the Gauchos dropped a pair of games in the Montana Doubletree Holiday Classic, falling 62-48 to Saint Mary's and suffering a 77-75 setback to Southeast Missouri State. Through three games this season, UC Santa Barbara is averaging 60.0 points a game and allowing 63.3 points a contest. The Gauchos have managed just a 39.3 percent shooting percentage from the field, while their opponents are connecting on 45.6 percent of their shots. UC Santa Barbara currently has two players averaging in double figures and is led by junior forward Casey Cook who is averaging 15.0 points a game and tops the club with 8.0 rebounds a contest. Head coach Bob Williams is in his sixth season at UC Santa Barbara and has compiled an overall record to date of 270-169 (.615).
SERIES VERSUS UC SANTA BARBARA: Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara will meet for the 68th time in their "War By The Shore" series and the Waves lead the all-time series, 37-30. The two teams met at Firestone Fieldhouse a year ago and Pepperdine registered a 72-68 victory.
PEPPERDINE'S NEXT OPPONENT: Following Wednesday's contest at UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine will complete its week of games against Big West Conference (BWC) opponents when it hosts Long Beach State at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The 49ers, who are 0-2 on the season, host Cal State Stanislaus on Wednesday, before visiting the Waves on Saturday.
DAVIS SHARES WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Freshman point guard Shaun Davis was named the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Co-Player of the Week" along with Portland's Donald Wilson, the league announced on Monday. In two games last week against Big 12 Conference opponents Colorado and Oklahoma State, Davis averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals a contest. Against Colorado on Monday, Davis scored a team-high 20 points, totaled six assists and had five steals in a 94-77 victory. In a near upset at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Davis scored a game-high 21 points, had three rebounds, five assists and one steal. In the two games, Davis shot an impressive 93.3 percent (14 of 15) from the field, including 4 for 4 from behind the arc.
T.J. CLOSING IN ON 1,000 CAREER POINTS: Early into his junior campaign, junior guard Terrance Johnson is closing in on 1,000 career points. In 63 games as a Wave, Johnson has scored 885 points, an average of 14.0 points a contest, to rank 47th on the school's all-time points list. Through four games this season, Johnson is averaging a team-high 17.0 points a game.
A LOOK BACK AT 2002-03: Injuries hit the Waves hard a year ago and the result was 15-13 overall record, including a 7-7 mark in WCC play, and a fourth-place conference finish, Pepperdine's lowest since the 1996-97 season. The Waves had three of their expected starting five players see action in a total of just six games due to various injuries. Point guard Devin Montgomery, center Will Kimble and forward Glen McGowan were shelved for a total of 78 games. The Waves' longest winning streak during the season was three, accomplishing it on two occasions. Pepperdine captured three straight against Big West Conference rivals Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara and won three straight in late December, defeating Lipscomb and posting wins over Arkansas-Little Rock and New Mexico to win the Lobo Invitational. Senior forward Jimmy Miggins led Pepperdine in scoring, averaging 15.4 points a contest. Sophomore Terrance Johnson was second on the club with a 15.0 points a game average and rookie Alex Acker was tabbed the WCC "Freshman of the Year" after contributing 13.0 points a contest.
BALANCE KEYED WAVES IN 2002-03: Scoring balance was a cornerstone for Pepperdine during the 2002-03 campaign as four players averaged in double-figures. Senior forward Jimmy Miggins paced the Waves with a team-best scoring average of 15.4 points a game. Sophomore guard Terrance Johnson was second on the club as he averaged 15.0 points a contest. Rokkie guard Alex Acker was third on the Waves as he contributed 13.0 points a game and senior forward Boomer Brazzle registered 12.0 points a contest to go along with a team-best 6.3 rebounds. Pepperdine finished the year No. 26 among NCAA Division I teams in scoring average at 78.4 points a game. However, on the flip side, the Waves allowed 78.7 points a contest.
MCGOWAN RETURNS: Junior forward Glen McGowan returns to the Pepperdine line-up this year after missing all but one game due to various ailments during the 2002-03 season. October knee surgery and a blood clot in his left arm limited McGowan to just one game last season. In his only appearance of the year against Oregon, McGowan contributed seven points and six rebounds in 12 minutes of action. After joining the line-up in January of the 2001-02 season, McGowan shored up the Waves' rebounding deficiencies as he added 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 17 games. Pepperdine managed a 14-3 record in those contests and were either even or held a rebounding advantage in 16 of those 17 games.
TOP ROOKIES: In his two seasons as the head coach at Pepperdine, Paul Westphal has mentored the West Coast Conference's (WCC) last two "Freshmen of the Year" in guards Terrance Johnson and Alex Acker. Johnson won the award in 2002 after 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists. As a freshman last season, Acker averaged 13.0, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
SURGING WAVES: In the last five-plus seasons, Pepperdine has compiled a cumulative record of 121-66 (.647) and advanced to post-season play four times. The Waves had their streak of post-season appearances snapped last year after making two NCAA Tournaments and two National Invitational Tournaments.
TOUGH OPENING ACT: You might have a tough time finding a team that had a tougher opening three games to its season than Pepperdine. The Waves began their season against Dayton, Colorado and Oklahoma State, three teams that combined to go 66-28 (.702) a year ago and reach the NCAA Tournament. Entering the 2003-04 season, Oklahoma State was ranked No. 25 in the ESPN / USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, while Colorado and Dayton were among teams receiving votes.
2003-04 SCHEDULE: Head coach Paul Westphal has once again assembled a quality schedule in 2003-04 as Pepperdine's schedule includes home games against Colorado and Dayton-two teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Waves' 29-game regular season schedule also features road games against Colorado State, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Utah plus a late December trip to Honolulu to compete at the eight-team Rainbow Classic. Three teams (Gonzaga), Oklahoma State and Maryland are ranked in the ESPN / USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll, while Utah an Colorado are among teams receiving votes. Additionally, UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 11 in CollegeInsider.com's Mid-Major Poll. The WCC Tournament will be at Santa Clara's Leavey Center after being staged at San Diego's Jenny Craig Pavilion the last three years. The four-day hoop extravaganza will be contested March 5-8, with the winner earning the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The second-year play-in format allows the top two seeds byes until the semifinal round.
Paul Westphal: Paul Westphal, the former head coach of the Phoenix Suns and the Seattle SuperSonics, is beginning his thrid season at Pepperdine and has compiled a mark of 38-25 (.603) 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 122-52 (.701). 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 66th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine men's basketball program has compiled an overall record to date of 1046-787 (.571). A total of 22 Pepperdine teams have posted 20-plus win campaigns, including three of the last four. 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 1978-79 campaign, Pepperdine teams have compiled an overall record of 459-288 (.614), including a 235-109 (.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: Pepperdine completed the 2002-03 season with a 6-6 (.500) record in games played at Firestone Fieldhouse. The six losses represent the most for the Waves in a single season since the team was 5-7 at home during the 1996-97 campaign. Dating back to the start of the 1997-98 campaign, the Waves are 61-16 (.792) at home. Pepperdine's all-time homecourt record at Firestone Fieldhouse, dating back to the start of the 1973-74 campaign, currently stands at 299-106 (.738). The Waves are currently 1-2 at home this season.
WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine concluded the 2002-03 campaign with a 9-7 (.562) overall record after concluding the year with a 75-71 neutral-court loss to Saint Mary's in the second round of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Waves are currently 0-1 on this year after suffering an 84-82 defeat at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
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