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Pepperdine Makes trip to Boulder to take on Colorado on Monday


Dec. 3, 2006

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A LOOK AT THE WAVES: Continuing its season-opening stretch of eight of nine games on the road, the Pepperdine men's basketball team travels to Boulder, Colo. on Monday to visit Colorado at the Coors Event/Conference Center at 6 p.m. (PST).

The game marks the third of four straight road games for the Waves, who conclude the trip at Long Beach State on Thursday.

The Waves are currently 1-6 after losing 90-74 to Oklahoma State at the Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday in Stillwater. Pepperdine trailed by as many as 22 points in the contest before cutting the margin to five points with seven minutes remaining. Senior guard Marvin Lea led the Waves with 20 points.

Pepperdine enters its game against Colorado seeking to break a four-game losing streak. The contest also will mark the Waves' second straight against a Big 12 Conferene opponent.

MEDIA COVERAGE: The Pepperdine-Colorado game can be heard live on the Internet at

Every men's basketball game throughout the 2006-07 season can be heard live on the Internet at with veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein calling the action.

WALBERG ERA BEGINS: The 2006-07 season marks the beginning of the Vance Walberg Era. Walberg takes over as Pepperdine's 12th head coach after being hired on April 19 following four highly successful seasons at Fresno City College. During his tenure there, Walberg guided the Rams to a 133-11 (.924) record and won the California State Junior College Championship in 2005 after posting a 34-0 record. In 26 seasons as a junior college and high school coach, Walberg has compiled an overall record of 614-170 (.783).

ABOUT COLORADO: Colorado enters Monday's contest against Pepperdine with a 3-4 record following an 88-86 home victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday. The Buffaloes are averaging 66.4 points a game while surrendering 77.4 points a contest. Colorado has two players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Richard Roby, who is contributing 16.1 points a game. Head coach Ricardo Patton is the midst of his 11th season and has compiled an overall record to date of 180-144 (.556).

SERIES VERSUS COLORADO: Monday's game marks the seventh meeting between Pepperdine and Colorado and the series is tied, 3-3. The two programs last met in 2003 and Pepperdine posted a 94-77 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves last played in Boulder during the 1983-84 season and suffered a 74-57 setback.

OKLAHOMA STATE RECAP: Trailing by as many as 22 points, including 19 in the second half, the Pepperdine men's basketball team staged a spirited second-half comeback getting to within five points with seven minutes remaining before eventually falling 90-74 to Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Senior guard Marvin Lea scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half for Pepperdine (1-6). Senior guard Chase Griffin added 18 points and sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas contributed 11. After shooting just 22.6 percent (7 of 31) in the first half, the Waves were on target in the second half as they connected on 58.3 percent (21 of 36) of their field goal attempts, including seven of 13 from three-point range. Oklahoma State took advantage of its size as it out-rebounded Pepperdine, 41-28, and held a 60-38 points-in-the-paint advantage.

NEXT OPPONENT: Pepperdine concludes its four-game road trip on Thursday, December 7, when it visits Long Beach State at The Walter Pyramid. The 49ers are currently 3-4 on the season after posting a 57-53 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday that snapped a three-game losing streak. Long Beach State is averaging 64.6 points a contest while allowing 71.4 points a game. The 49ers have two players averaging in double figures and are led by senior guard Aaron Nixon who is averaging 16.0 points a game.

INJURY REPORT: Senior guard Jason Walberg is lost for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury during practice on November 24. Walberg played in five games and averaged 14.0 points and 2.4 rebounds a contest.

RAINING THREE'S: Each night out this season, there will be a good chance the Pepperdine record book will be re-written. In just three games this season, the Waves already have set new marks for three-point field goal attempts. One night after taking a school-record 36 three-point field goal attempts against Northern Iowa, Pepperdine broke that mark with 43 against Nicholls State. The Waves also made a program-best 21 three-pointers against Nicholls State to eclipse the previous mark of 17 set against Santa Clara on February 23, 2002. Pepperdine also set a new mark for most three-point field goals in one half with 12. The Waves' 21 three-pointers also tie for the second-most in West Coast Conference history. Gonzaga made 22 from behind the arc against San Francisco in 1995 to hold the WCC mark. The Waves are tied with Loyola Marymount, which made 21 against Michigan in the 1990 NCAA Tournament.

WAVES ENTER NCAA RECORD BOOKS: Pepperdine's school-record 21 three-point field goals against Nicholls State on November 14 tie for the sixth-highest total in NCAA History. Troy holds the record of three-point field goals made when it totaled 28 (28 of 74) against George Mason on Dec. 10, 1994. A team has made at least 21 three-point field goals in a game a total of 21 times.

WAVES VERSUS RANKED OPPONENTS: Pepperdine finished 0-3 against ranked opponents during the 2005-06 season. The Waves will face two teams (Washington and Connecticut) that were ranked in the national preseason Top 25. Washington opened the year ranked No. 16 while Connecticut was No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason poll. West Coast Conference (WCC) rival Gonzaga was among teams receiving votes. Pepperdine is currently 0-1 against ranked opponents in 2006-07.

KEEP YOUR BAGS PACKED: The Pepperdine men's basketball team will need to keep a suitcase handy as it plays 11 of 16 non-conference games on the road, including eight of its first nine. The Waves twice have stretches where they play four consecutive road games, including at the outset of the season when they play three contests in the Basketball Travelers Classic in Seattle, Washington and a game at Cal State Northridge on November 18. Pepperdine doesn't play its first home game until November 21 when it welcomes UC Santa Barbara to Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves will look to turn around their road fortunes this year after going just 1-14 away from Firestone Fieldhouse in 2005-06.

HAVE A CALCULATOR HANDY: Scoreboard operators are expected to be busy during Pepperdine games this season. First-year head coach Vance Walberg brings to Malibu a high-octane offense that has a reputation of regularly averaging 100 or more points a game. During four years at Fresno City College, Walberg's teams averaged 103.5 points a contest, including 107.6 points a game during the 2003-04 season. Through four games of the 2006-07 season, the Waves are averaging 84.8 points a contest.

CLOSE CALLS: In Pepperdine's six losses, the Waves were only out of one game and that was an 83-58 loss to Northern Iowa during the Basketball Travelers Classic in Seattle during the first weekend of the season. In five of Pepperdine's losses, the average margin of defeat is 7.6 points a game. During its current four-game losing streak (Cal State Northridge, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Oklahoma State), the Waves average margin of defeat is 7.5 points a game. Pepperdine actually led with five minutes to play in three of those contests. Against Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine, the Waves held a lead with under with under a minute to play.

FORMER WAVE Yakhouba Diawara MAKES DENVER ROSTER: Former Pepperdine men's basketball player Yakhouba Diawara, who played for the Waves from 2003 to 2005, became an official member of the Denver Nuggets' when the team's 15-man roster was announced on Tuesday. During his two seasons at Pepperdine, Diawara appeared in 45 games, starting 40, and averaged 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. He had an- outstanding junior campaign as he played in 14 games and averaged 18.9 points and 6.6 rebounds a contest en route to earning All-West Coast Conference (WCC) honors. A native of Paris, France, Diawara played in eight preseason games for the Nuggets and averaged 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists a contest while averaging 24 minutes a contest. Diawara made his NBA debut November 2 and scored his first career points against Minnesota on November 3.

PEPPERDINE AND THE WCC: Dating back to the 1997-98 season, Pepperdine has the West Coast Conference's (WCC) second-best record in league play. The Waves have compiled an overall record to date of 78-47 (.624), trailing only Gonzaga, which has posted a 113-16 (.876) record during the same time. Since 1998, Gonzaga and Pepperdine have either won or shared every WCC regular-season title. The Bulldogs claimed outright titles in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, while the Waves captured the 2000 regular season crown. The two teams shared the title in 2002.

Vance Walberg: Vance Walberg, the former head coach of Fresno City College, became the 12th head coach in Pepperdine history when he was named to succeed Paul Westphal on April 18. He made his Pepperdine coaching debut on November 12 at Washington and the Waves suffered a 99-91 to the Huskies. He is currently 1-6 (.143) at Pepperdine. During his four seasons as head coach at Fresno City College, Walberg compiled a 133-11 (.924) record, including a perfect 34-0 mark and the California State Championship in 2005. In addition to posting an undefeated season and winning the 2005 state championship, Walberg's Fresno City College teams won four straight Central Valley Conference (CVC) titles, made four consecutive trips to the Northern California Playoffs, advanced to the Final Four of the California State Championships three times and appeared in the state title game in 2003 and 2005. His teams were noted for an up-tempo style of play and during his four years in Fresno, the Rams averaged 103.5 points a contest, 107.6 points during the 2003-04 season. Walberg was twice named California Junior College Coach of the Year (2003, 2005) and was tabbed the CVC Coach of the Year four times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). Prior to taking over at Fresno City College, Walberg spent 22 years as a high school coach and compiled an impressive 481-159 (.751) record. His greatest success came at Clovis West High in Fresno, California, where he produced a 343-68 (.834) record in 13 seasons, winning 11 league titles and finishing second on two other occasions. Walberg earned league Coach of the Year honors nine times, Section Coach of the Year on six occasions and was tabbed the California and West Region (Section 7) Coach of the Year in 1999. In 2001, he was selected the Cal-Hi State Coach of the Year. In 26 seasons as a head coach, Walberg has a career record of 614-170 (.783). A 1978 graduate of Cal State Bakersfield, Walberg was twice named the Defensive Player of the Year and served as team captain his senior year. In two seasons at De Anza Community College, he won a conference championship and concluded his career as the school's all-time steals leader. Walberg, a 1974 graduate of Monta Vista High in Cupertino, California, was a two-year varsity letterwinner during which he was named Co-Most Valuable Player and team MVP. He helped the Matadors to a league championship.

THE PROGRAM: In the midst of its 69th season of intercollegiate competition, the Pepperdine men's basketball program has compiled an overall record to date of 1085-840 (.557). A total of 22 Pepperdine teams have posted 20-plus win campaigns. The Waves have won 19 or more games eight 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 1979-80 campaign, Pepperdine teams have compiled an overall record of 498-376 (.570), including a 253-127 (.666) 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: Dating back to the start of the 1997-98 campaign, the Waves are 83-29 (.741) at home. Pepperdine's all-time homecourt record at Firestone Fieldhouse, dating back to the start of the 1973-74 campaign, currently stands at 321-118 (.731). Pepperdine concluded 2005-06 with a 6-6 home record. The Waves are 0-1 at home this season.

WAVES ON THE ROAD: Pepperdine concluded the 2005-06 campaign with a 1-14 road record. Since the 1995-96 season, the Waves are 86-115 (.428), including a 26-26 mark (.500) in neutral court contests. Pepperdine is 1-5 on the road, including 1-1 in neutral court games, during the 2006-07 season.

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