GAME NOTES: Both sides look to go perfect in the two-day Tulane Classic as the
Pepperdine Waves and Tulane Green Wave square off on Thursday.
Pepperdine earned its third win in four outings on Wednesday with a 66-58
victory over Alcorn State in the first segment of the classic. Coach Mary
Wilson's team is now 7-4 overall and 3-3 in away games. Wilson's squad has
notched notable decisions over Washington State (58-56 OT), Montana State
(76-66), and Hawaii (63-56). The Waves are a very good rebounding team with
37.1 rpg to their opponents average of 32. They are producing 66.5 ppg on the
offensive end and own a scoring defense average of 63.5 ppg.
The Green Wave completed a 76-49 rout of Texas-Pan American in their opening
round bout to improve to 8-3 overall. All three of the losses occurred in away
games. Coach Ed Conroy's squad is knocking down 41.3 percent of its field goal
tries to generate 67.2 ppg, which is 9.4 points more than it is allowing
opponents to score.
This will be the first-ever meeting between these schools on the hardwood.
In their win on Wednesday, the Waves shot a season-high 53.8 percent from the
field and converted 20-of-26 attempts at the charity stripe. Pepperdine
displayed a total team effort as Stacy Davis, Jett Raines, and Lorne Jackson
tied for the scoring lead with 11 points each. Raines also collected a career-
high total of eight rebounds and Jordan Baker added 10 points. Jackson, who
has scored in double-figures in all 11 games, is scoring a team-high 15 ppg.
Davis (10.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and Baker (10.3 ppg) are also carrying double-digit
averages. Point guard Caleb Willis is not a big time threat to light up the
scoreboard, but he does a decent job running the offense and owns a 2.6
Tulane took a while to get going versus UTPA as it was held to 37.5 percent
shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes before heating up to drain
16-of-24 attempts from the floor in the second half. The Green Wave held an
imposing 42-21 edge in the rebounding battle and scored 22 more points in the
paint (42-20) than the Broncs. Junior forward Josh Davis finished 11-of-14 to
score a game-high 23 points which he accompanied with eight boards. Sophomore
guard Ricky Tarrant chipped in 14 points as 16 different players saw action
for Tulane. Davis has been a force inside so far and owns a double-double
average with 18.4 points and 10.3 boards per game. Tarrant (14.1 ppg) and
Jordan Callahan (11.8 ppg) provide scoring punch from the backcourt.
The Green Wave cannot afford to operate inefficiently at the start of this
one as Pepperdine poses a much bigger threat to their perfect home record than
UTPA. The Waves have played well at times this season, but not with much
consistency. Davis and Tarrant should be able to carry the hosts to another