Pepperdine (10-5) at San Francisco (9-6)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 4, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gymnasium (4,800) -- San Francisco,
California. Television: TWCS, ROOT-NW, RM, CSN-CA. Home Record: Pepperdine
5-2, USF 7-3. Away Record: Pepperdine 4-1, USF 2-3. Neutral Record: Pepperdine
1-2, USF 0-0. Conference Record: Pepperdine 3-0, USF 2-1. Series Record: San
Francisco leads, 71-50.
GAME NOTES: Tied with Gonzaga for the best start to the West Coast Conference
schedule, the Pepperdine Waves go up against the San Francisco Dons in league
action this afternoon at War Memorial Gym.
Not only are the Waves off to a perfect 3-0 start in conference, the team has
won four straight games overall and five of the last six. Pepperdine was just
in action two nights ago against Santa Clara on the road and squeezed out a
70-61 win. It was the first game of a four-game road trip that still has stops
at BYU and San Diego remaining before the Waves are at home versus Gonzaga on
As for the Dons, a team which is 7-3 at home, they too were in action on
Thursday night and used the opportunity to post a 75-61 win against Loyola
Marymount in conference play. The victory was the third in four games for a
USF team that is 2-1 in WCC action.
In a relationship that dates back to the 1955-56 campaign, the Dons are ahead
by a count of 71-50. San Francisco has won three straight over Pepperdine,
including a 64-58 final in the most recent battle last season. The squads will
get together once more during the regular season in Malibu in late February.
Pepperdine fell behind by five points midway through the first half versus
Santa Clara, but rebounded with a solid run to close out the period and then
held on for the win. Brendan Lane put the Waves on his back as he registered a
huge double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds, both of which were game
highs, while Jeremy Major posted 11 points, seven boards and seven assists,
matching the point production by Malcolm Brooks.
Outside of the fact that he is shooting worse at the free-throw line (.588)
than he is from the field (.617), Lane has done everything right for the
Waves. He leads the program in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (8.5 rpg) and
blocked shots (37) and is also on the plus side when it comes to assists-to-
turnover ratio as well. Stacy Davis (15.1 ppg) is also a force on the glass
(7.7 rpg), while Major (11.6 ppg) leads the group with 69 assists.
San Francisco scored the first points of the game against Loyola Marymount on
Thursday and never looked back, as Cole Dickerson produced 20 points and eight
rebounds for the hosts in the triumph. Avry Holmes was responsible for another
16 points and Matt Glover came up with a double-double consisting of 12 points
and a game-high 11 rebounds, his efforts on the glass giving the Dons their
overall margin (38-27) for the game.
On a team that is putting up 78.7 ppg, San Francisco has four current players
scoring in double figures on the stat sheet, but none are putting in more than
the 13.7 ppg being produced by Dickerson. Dickerson also accounts for a team-
best 7.7 rpg while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, which somewhat makes
up for the fact that he has made a feeble 47.5 percent at the free-throw line.
When not getting into foul trouble, reserve Kruize Pinkins (11.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
has been a tremendous help for USF as well.
The fact that the Dons have lost Cody Doolin means the squad has lost a
terrific perimeter player, and that's not something that USF can replace in a
span of only a few weeks.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Pepperdine 71, San Francisco 66
01/04 10:37:53 ET
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