GAME NOTES: The Pacific Tigers will try to end a two-game losing streak as they host the Pepperdine Waves in West Coast Conference action at the Spanos Center.
Pepperdine enters this contest having lost its most recent matchup to Saint Mary's, 80-74. After going on a four-game win streak spanning from late December to early January, the Waves have lost four of their last six. They sit at 5-4 in the conference standings.
Pacific has dropped two in a row, and six of its last seven contests. The Tigers find themselves in the basement of the West Coast Conference at 1-6, with a most recent loss to Loyola Marymount, 92-81.
Pacific still holds the all-time series lead between the two programs, 30-25. They will meet again this regular season in Malibu on Feb. 6.
Pepperdine fell behind by 11 points in the first half of Thursday's loss at Saint Mary's, but managed to cut the deficit to one point several times in the second half. Still, the Gaels came away with the victory over Pepperdine, aided by a big night from the free-throw line. Brendan Lane scored 18 points to lead the Waves before fouling out of the contest. Lane connected on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. Malcolm Brooks scored 11 points, and Jeremy Major and Austin Mills each chipped in 10.
Stacy Davis, who had six points in the loss to Saint Mary's, leads the team in scoring this season with a 14.8 ppg average on 46.8 percent shooting from the field. Lane is a close second at 14.1 ppg, and is a close second to Davis in rebounding. Davis has the team lead at 7.8 rpg, while Lane is right behind him at 7.7 rpg. Lane has the edge in blocked shots however, leading 48-12. Major nets 11.1 ppg and tops the team with 87 assists on the year.
Things were looking up briefly for the Pacific team against Loyola Marymount, as the Tigers raced to an early 8-0 lead after holding LMU to 0-7 shooting from the field in the first three minutes of play. That didn't last long however, as LMU went on to win. Ross Rivera led Pacific with 16 points, while Tony Gill chipped in 13 off the bench. Sama Taku netted 12, and Trevin Harris added 10 points. Khalil Kelley scored eight and had 10 rebounds in the loss.
Taku paces the Tigers this season in scoring with 12.1 ppg on 39 percent shooting from the floor. Andrew Bock checks in at second with 11.9 ppg, and Gill is third with 10.8 ppg. Gill leads the Tigers in rebounding with 5.9 rpg and averages .4 blocks per contest. Pacific doesn't have much of an issue scoring the ball, averaging 74.9 ppg, but rather on the defensive end, allowing opponents to score 75.7 ppg this year.
Pepperdine has a winning conference record, but still sits two and a half games behind Gonzaga for the conference lead. Still, with a winning road record, the Waves should be able to come in and put up plenty of points against the team with the worst conference record in the WCC.
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