Men's Hoops Pounds Pacific in Second Meeting
In the first meeting on Nov. 12 in
The Waves (5-6) trailed by two at halftime but blew the game open in the second half, getting to the basket at will for a variety of dunks and lay-ups. Pepperdine outscored Pacific 49-29 in the second half and led by as many as 21 points.
Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (
“I’m very, very proud of the players,” Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg said. “I’m really excited to get a big-time win like this on the road. We executed well on offense and defense. We rebounded well and that was important. We really needed a performance like this.”
The Waves played excellent basketball for the first 16 minutes of the first half, and a 6-0 run punctuated by a dunk by Thomas put Pepperdine ahead 32-21 with 4:10 to play. The Tigers ended the half on a 15-2 run, however, and went into the break with a 36-34 lead.
Thomas and Shelley scored 21 of the Waves’ 34 first-half points and were a combined 7-for-7 from the field.
It’s a shame the game wasn’t on television so that Pepperdine fans could catch one highlight-worthy shot by freshman guard Mychel Thompson (
Another 12-1 run helped the Waves to a 12-point lead at 59-47. Shelley finished the spurt with a brilliant spin move in the post, as he got to the basket for a lay-up and made the subsequent free throw with 8:01 to go.
Another 8-0 run, which included another three-point play by Shelley, gave the Waves a 69-50 with 5:38 to play. Pepperdine’s largest lead at any point this season coming into the game was 14 points (at
The Waves led by as many as 21 points at 75-54 with 4:15 to play.
Thompson had 11 points and junior guard Rico Tucker (
Pacific’s Steffan Johnson scored 32 points in the first meeting but was held to 12 tonight.
Pepperdine shot 52.5% overall and Pacific shot 50.0%. The Waves had a 32-23 rebounding edge and a 27-14 edge on points off turnovers.
The Waves continue their 10-game road stretch with a contest at BYU on Saturday (Dec. 15) at 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT). Fans can listen to