Williams 3 Seals Pacific's Win Over Pepperdine

Williams 3 Seals Pacific's Win Over Pepperdine

Pacific Courtside postgame report, Pepperdine

STOCKTON, Calif. - In a game that featured six ties and 11 lead changes, Jack Williams' 3 from the corner with 1:05 left was the dagger to Pepperdine's five-game win streak over Pacific, as the Tigers posted a 79-74 win Thursday evening inside the Alex G. Spanos Center in West Coast Conference (WCC) play. 

The Tigers have won seven of their last 10 games on campus.

T.J. Wallace and Williams each finished with a double-double to lead four Pacific (8-10, 2-3 WCC) players in double figures. Wallace posted a game-high 25 points, one shy of his career-high, and a career-best 10 assists, four shy of Dell Demps' school record of 14 against UC Irvine on Jan. 7, 1991. Williams tied a career-high in points (17), shooting 5-of-10 overall and 4-of-7 from deep, and posted a career-best in rebounds (14). Wallace made a career-high 11 free throws on 13 attempts, as the Tigers finished 24-of-28 from the stripe, including 17-of-19 in the second half. Ray Bowles contributed 14 points, while Anthony Townes pumped in 10.

"The game was ugly, but we found a way to pull it out and win tonight," Wallace said. "I think that's the biggest thing for this team moving forward."

Pacific made more free throws (24) than Pepperdine (5-12, 1-4 WCC) attempted (17), shooting 85.7 percent from the line overall, including 89.5 percent (17-of-19) in the last 20 minutes.

The Tigers shot 42.9 percent (24-of-56) overall, including 53.3 percent in the first half. Pacific tallied 15 assists on 24 made buckets and got 26 points from its bench, compared to just seven by the Waves. The Tigers outrebounded Pepperdine 37-28, including 11-5 on the offensive glass.

Lamond Murray Jr. scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for Pepperdine and finished 10-of-20 shooting overall but scored only two points in the final 16:32. Chris Reyes had 10 points in each half and was 9-of-15 shooting overall. Jeremy Major added 14 points. Reyes and Major each dished out six assists.

The Waves shot 52.6 percent (30-of-57) overall but just 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from behind the arc. Pepperdine totaled 21 assists on 30 made field goals. The visitors made 11-of-17 from the free throw line.

With his team trailing by one, Wallace found Williams in the corner, who pump faked a defender before connecting on his fourth-made bucket from deep on the night, which tied a career-high.

"Jack made a big 3 in the corner," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "Jack plays with a motor all the time. Tonight I thought he stayed patient with his shot. He didn't take a bunch of bad shots."

On the opposite end of the floor, Reyes missed two free throws that would have tied the affair, and the Tigers made 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final 47 seconds to ice the victory.

Trailing by two at intermission, the Waves opened the second half on a 10-3 run and built a 51-46 edge after back-to-back Murray Jr. jumpers, as the visitors shot 7-of-10 from the floor during the spurt.

Despite a Wallace one-handed flush in front of Reyes at the 14:35 mark, Pepperdine built its edge to six at 57-51 following a Nolan Taylor conventional 3-point play. However, Pacific countered with a 9-0 run, including seven by Wallace.

Pepperdine missed its next four shots as the Tigers regained the lead, 60-57, with 10:46 to go following a Wallace old-fashioned 3-point play. 

Four ties and seven lead changes would ensue over the next 7:34 before Williams' heroics.

Pepperdine opened the game on an 11-1 run and gave the Tigers fits offensively running a 2-3 zone in the early going trying to protect its players from foul trouble and fatigue, as the Waves dressed and played only nine players due to a slew of injuries. Pepperdine started 5-of-5 shooting from the floor.

Wallace's first made bucket Thursday, a layup at the 16:13 mark of the first half, put him over 1,100-career points, as he became only the 20th player in program history to surpass the milestone.

Trailing by 10, the Tigers answered, as a Williams trey, which entended Pacific's streak of consecutive games with at least one made bucket from deep to 903, was part of 14-straight points by the Tigers. The Waves went scoreless for 3:57, and the Tigers put togther a 19-2 run to lead by seven with 12:06 on the clock. 

The Waves would close to within one twice in the first half, with the last coming at the 5:49 mark after two Murray Jr. free throws, but Pacific built its advantage back to seven three times in a near-two minute span.

The Tigers led 43-41 at the half. Both teams blistered the net in the first period, with Pepperdine shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) overall and Pacific going 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the field. The Waves struggled from distance though, going just 1-of-6.

Pacific tallied 10 assists on 16 made field goals. The Tiger bench outscored the visitor's 17-4, with nine coming from Williams. The Orange and Black shot 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the first period. Wallace dished out six assists in the period, tying an overall career-high.

Pacific continues WCC play at San Francisco on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. PT.