Tigers Fall On The Road At Pepperdine

David Taylor (photo by Martin Folb)
David Taylor (photo by Martin Folb)

Malibu, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 71-61 West Coast Conference road contest at Pepperdine on Saturday, Jan. 3. The Tigers dropped to 9-7, 1-3 in WCC action, while the Waves improved to 9-5 and 2-1 in WCC play.

"We came out quickly in the first half but hit a lull," said Tiger Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We had a few chances in the second half to really cut into the lead, but they hit some big shots. The biggest difference was Pepperdine outscored us 24-10 at the free throw line."

A layup by Ray Bowles and four points Eric Thompson gave the Tigers a quick 6-0 lead, but the Waves outscored Pacific 14-2 over the next six minutes to take a 14-8 lead with 12:12 to play in the half. Another layup by Bowles cut the lead to 17-13 with 6:03 left, but the Waves surged ahead by 11 (28-17) at the 2:15 mark after an 11-4 run and held a 30-19 halftime lead.

David Taylor hit a three-pointer in the early moments of the second half that was followed by a Sami Eleraky layup as the Tigers cut the lead to 32-24 with 18:21 left in the game. Jett Raines completed a three-point play with a free throw for Pepperdine, as the Waves took their biggest lead of the game (42-28) with 15:20 to play in the game. Trailing 48-34 with 13:41 to go, Dulani Robinson led a Tiger surge, scoring seven points in a 9-2 run to pull Pacific within 50-43 with 9:43 remaining. Jeremy Major answered with a three-pointer to take the lead back to 10. Raines added a three-pointer at the 5:37 mark to push the lead back out to 13 (58-45). Taylor capped a 9-4 stretch with a layup to get the Tigers within nine (63-54), but Stacy Davis scored on the other end to extend the lead back to 11 and Pepperdine's lead would not fall below nine the rest of the way.

Robinson led the Tigers with 15 points, while Taylor scored 11. Pacific shot 41.1% from the field, but was held to just 7-20 shooting (35.0%) in the first half. The Tigers were outscored 24-10 at the free throw line, as the Waves hit 24 of 27 attempts. Pacific's bench outscored the Waves 31-4.

Pacific is next in action with a home game against Saint Mary's on Saturday, Jan. 10. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m and it will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.