Ursery Scores Career High In Loss At Pepperdine

Ursery Scores Career High In Loss At Pepperdine

 TheW.TV Highlights

Pacific Courtside Postgame Report, driven by Chase Chevrolet - Pepperdine

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine shot 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from 3-point range Saturday, leading to an 82-72 win over Pacific in West Coast Conference (WCC) action inside Firestone Fieldhouse.

Lamond Murray Jr. scored 26 points for Pepperdine (7-17, 3-9 WCC) to lead five players in double figures. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the line. Murray Jr. also had eight rebounds.

Knox Hellums and Jeremy Major each added 15 points. Chris Reyes and Elijah Lee tallied 10 points apiece. Lee shot 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Murray Jr., Major and Reyes each came up with four assists, as the team totaled 16.

D.J. Ursery led three Pacific (8-17, 3-10 WCC) players in double figures with a career-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a 6-of-7 effort from the free throw line. Anthony Townes contributed his fourth double-double this season, finishing with 16 points while tying a career-high with 12 rebounds. Townes was 8-of-9 shooting. Jack Williams recorded 13 points with three made buckets from distance.

Ursery, Ray Bowles and T.J. Wallace each dished out five assists, as the team tallied 19, its second-highest total this season. Thirteen of the 19 came in the final 20 minutes.

Bowles had seven points, while Wallace had six points and five rebounds. Like Wallace, Tonko Vuko also had six points.

Wallace's four attempted treys Saturday moved him past Steffan Johnson into seventh on the school's career list. Wallace now has 370 attempted 3-pointers since 2013.

Each team made 28 field goals Saturday.

Pepperdine finished 50.9 percent (28-of-55) from the floor and 16-of-23 from the charity stripe, including 15-of-22 after intermission.

Pacific shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) overall and 10-of-17 from the free throw line, including 8-of-11 after the break.

Williams' basket from deep at the end of the first half extended Pacific's streak of consecutive games with at least one made trey to 910, good for eighth-longest active nationally. The Tigers connected on six 3s.

With his team trailing, Williams scored five-straight points to trim the margin back to single digits, 45-37, but the Waves countered with a 7-0 run to push the difference back to double digits for much of the rest of the period.

Williams scored seven-straight for his team midway through the period.

The Tigers trailed by seven twice in the final 55 seconds but were unable to get any closer.

Pepperdine connected on half of its first 12 attempts shooting, building a 14-9 edge eight minutes into the contest.

The Waves then put together a 10-0 run, shooting 4-of-6 from the field in the spurt, to take a 24-9 upper hand. The Tigers opened the game missing their first nine 3-point attempts and went scoreless for nearly five minutes before a Max Tinsley layup at the 7:32 mark. 

Wallace found Bowles cutting to the basket for an easy layup, the first of six-straight points by the Tigers with under 1:38 on the clock. Williams canned a trey from the top of the key as time expired, but Pepperdine led at intermission 34-20 on the strength of 50 percent (14-of-28) shooting. The Waves held a plus-12 margin on the boards in the period.

The Tigers shot 40 percent (10-of-25) in the first half and did most of their damage in the paint, tallying 18 points in the restricted area. Ursery led his team with seven points in the frame.

Pacific hit four of its first seven shots in the second half, cutting its deficit to 45-34 after a Wallace fastbreak layup.

Murray Jr. scored his team's first nine points after halftime.

Pacific continues WCC play Thursday, Feb. 9 against San Diego. Tip-off from the Alex G. Spanos Center is set for 7 p.m. PT.