UC Irvine Tops Pepperdine, 85-83, In Double Overtime On Thursday
Dec. 18, 2003
Senior center Adam Parada scored a team-high 21 points and senior forward Stanislav Zuzak added 20, including five in the second overtime period, to help lead UC Irvine to an 85-83 victory over Pepperdine Thursday at the Bren Events Center in Irvine.
The loss, which dropped the Waves to 3-6 on the season, was their fourth this year in which the game was tied with :30 remaining or less.
UC Irvine improved to 5-3 on the year and registered its third straight victory over Pepperdine. The Anteaters also posted a double overtime win over the Waves in 2001 in Irvine and topped the Waves in Malibu last season.
The Waves had a chance to force a third overtime, but junior forward Robert Turner's attempt of a failed follow slam off a missed Shaun Davis shot did not go down and Pepperdine suffered its second straight loss.
The loss overshadowed a career-high 32 points from sophomore guard Alex Acker. Acker sent the game into overtime when he hit a jumper in the lane to tie the score, 68-68, with :01.8 remaining in regulation.
Pepperdine forced a second overtime when sophomore forward Keith Jarbo, who scored a career-high 10 points, made a shot between two defenders underneath the basket with :33 remaining in the first overtime.
The Waves were forced to play most of the second half without their leading scorer, junior forward Glen McGowan, who played just six minutes in the period before fouling out with 6:13 remaining and Pepperdine trailing, 58-54. McGowan finished with eight points in 24 minutes and had his streak of eight straight games scoring in double figures snapped.
Pepperdine struggled from the field from the outset as it missed its first six shots and made just one of its first 11 shots from the field. The Waves finished the first half shooting 33.3 percent (10 of 30).
Despite their poor shooting, the Waves were able to build a six-point lead. However, UC Irvine went on an 8-0 run late in the first half to take a 26-24 lead with 2:13 left to play in the opening period.
The Waves finished the contest shooting 39.7 percent (31 of 78) from the field, while UC Irvine hit on 58.3 percent (28 of 48) from the floor. The Anteaters also had a 37-34 advantage on the boards.
Pepperdine plays its final game before taking an eight-day break for Christmas on Saturday, December 20, when it hosts Bradley at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 2 p.m.