Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team fell at home to Pepperdine by a count of 50-43 on Thursday, Jan. 29. The Tigers dropped to 10-12, 2-8 in WCC action, while Pepperdine improved to 13-8 and 6-4 in WCC play.
"I am proud of the way the team stepped up tonight and gave us chance to win, despite several injuries," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We did a great job defensively, but we have to shoot better than 30% to win games."
The Tigers took a 7-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, holding the Waves to 0-6 shooting to start the game. Pacific then went cold, missing its next eight shots to go scoreless for nearly six minutes as Pepperdine cut the lead to 7-6 with just over 10 minutes remaining. An Eric Thompson layup after a strong rebound at the other end gave the Tigers a 9-6 lead before a Jeremy Major three-pointer tied it up. The Tigers then scored seven straight in a 10-1 run that featured a pair of three-pointers by Alec Kobre to take a 19-10 lead with 5:47 to play in the half. The Waves then scored seven straight to cut it to 19-17 until David Taylor scored on a layup to make it 21-17. Pepperdine's Jett Raines scored the final five points including a three-pointer at the end of the half to make it a 22-21 Wave lead at the break.
Kobre and Bowles hit back to back three-pointers to take a 27-24 lead just over two minutes into the second half. With the Tigers leading 32-29 after a three-pointer by Dulani Robinson, the Waves scored three straight baskets to take a small 35-32 lead with 10:24 to play but would not trail again. The Tigers evened it up at 39-39 with 4:31 to play after a layup by Jacob Lampkin and a free throw from Ray Bowles. The Waves countered with a three-pointer and a layup wrapped around a Gabriel Aguirre free throw to take a 44-40 lead with just 1:38 to play. Pepperdine pushed the lead to 46-40 with a pair of free throws, before Bowles had a three-point play to cut the lead to three (46-43) with just :22 to play. The Waves hit four straight free throws in the final seconds to seal the victory.
Bowles was the only Tiger in double figures with 10 points. Thompson added eight points and 10 rebounds, while Lampkin pulled down 10 rebounds as well. Pacific played the game without leading scorer and rebounder T.J. Wallace, who was out with the flu. The Tigers shot just 28.8% from the field (15-52) and held Pepperdine to 17-51 shooting (33.3%). The teams were even at 39 rebounds each, with the Tigers holding a 13-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pepperdine out-blocked the Tigers 7-1.
Pacific is next in action with a home game against Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Jan. 31. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m in the Spanos Center and it will be televised by Time Warner SportsNet, ROOT Sports, Comcast SportsNet California and theW.tv.