Pepperdine (12-13) at Santa Clara (18-8)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Leavey Center (4,700) -- Santa Clara, California.
Television: WCC Digital. Home Record: Pepperdine 6-6, Santa Clara 12-5. Away
Record: Pepperdine 5-7, Santa Clara 6-3. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 1-0, Santa
Clara 0-0. Conference Record: Pepperdine 4-8, Santa Clara 6-5. Series Record:
Santa Clara leads, 69-58.
GAMES NOTES: In a West Coast Conference collision at the Leavey Center the
Santa Clara Broncos will take on the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday night.
Pepperdine rolls into this game riding its first two-game winning streak since
the beginning of December. The Waves topped Loyola Marymount, 52-50, on
Thursday to improve its overall record to 12-13 and its league mark to 4-8.
Santa Clara had been marred in a two-game losing skid before righting the ship
with a 61-52 victory over San Diego on Thursday. Santa Clara owns an
impressive 18-8 overall record this season but has had more mild success
against the WCC with a record of 6-5 against league foes.
In the other meeting between these teams this season Santa Clara earned an
83-76 victory on the road. The win ended a two-game winning streak for
Pepperdine in the all-time series, which the Broncos lead, 69-58.
The defensive struggle between Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount ended in favor
of the Waves as they held the Lions scoreless in the final 3:31 of the
contest. Jordan Baker was the lead scorer in the game with 16 points, while
Lorne Jackson added 11 and had two important steals.
Low-scoring affairs have been the norm for Pepperdine, at least on its end.
The Waves are the second-worst scoring team in the WCC (63.6 ppg), despite
shooting at just under 45 percent from the field. The Waves have managed to
keep opponents down to 66.5 points per game by forcing teams to shoot just
40.8 percent from the field. Jackson (14.3 ppg) has been the vital piece of
the offense as he leads three players scoring in double figures but only four
averaging more than seven points per game. Baker (11.4 ppg) is shooting just
39.5 percent from the field as one of the other primary options, while Stacy
Davis (10.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) leads the team on the glass.
Though Santa Clara was only able to knock down 35.1 percent of its shots from
the floor, the Broncos still captured a win by playing stout defense against
San Diego. The Broncos held the Toreros to just 33.3 percent shooting while
forcing a game-high 16 turnovers. That led to a 16-4 edge in points off
takeaways for Santa Clara.
In the win, Marc Trasolini tossed up a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. The
6-foot-9 forward (15.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has seven double-doubles on the season
and is the only player in the WCC scoring at least 15 points and bringing in
eight rebounds a game. Trasolini is one of four players averaging in double
figures for the Broncos. Kevin Foster (18.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 spg) is the
leader, while finding time to lead the conference in steals and rounding out
the top five in assists. Evan Roquemore (12.6 ppg, 5.8 apg) is the leading
player in the conference in helpers, while Raymond Cowels III (10.0 ppg)
provides an additional scoring option. The Broncos are scoring a healthy 75.6
points per game as a team.
The talented starting five for Santa Clara has made sharing the ball a
priority. That should yet again yield a victory for the Broncos.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Santa Clara 75, Pepperdine 67
02/16 10:31:58 ET