Jan. 11, 2014
(San Diego, Calif.) - In a hard-fought West Coast Conference contest, the visiting Pepperdine Waves (11-7, 4-2 WCC) came out on top against the Toreros, 69-65. Waves' sophomore forward Stacy Davis had a big night for Pepperdine finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds, including a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. USD was paced by senior Dennis Kramer with 17 points, but turnovers and free throw shooting played a key role why the Toreros came up a little short.
"Turnovers and missed free throws is the reason we lost this game," said head coach Bill Grier. "Overall I thought we played physical defense, and we guarded all right. That wasn't the issue. We held them to 43 percent shooting, and we shoot 54 percent and lose because we allow them 22 points off of turnovers and we go 14-for-25 from the line. It's just that simple."
The Toreros (10-8, 1-4 WCC) came out of the gate strong as they jumped to an early 14-5 lead in the first 6 ½ minutes of action. A Jito Kok made free throw with 11:09 to go also kept the advantage at nine points, 17-8. From there the Waves started battling back as they pulled even at 19-19 behind six made free throws from Davis, and five points from Malcolm Brooks. Pepperdine took its first lead of the half (23-22) on a Davis jumper at the 6:11 mark, and would hold it until a Chris Sarbaugh lay-up knotted the score at 26-all. Three-pointers by Jeremy Major and Davis at the end of the half gave the Waves a 36-30 intermission lead.
In the second half Pepperdine scored the first bucket to make it 38-30, but the Toreros went on a 12-4 run over the next 4:10 to knot the score at 42-all as Kok scored two buckets, Dee and Kramer hit threes, and Duda Sanadze scored. A Chris Sarbaugh bucket at the 11:48 mark gave USD its first lead of the second half (50-49), and five minutes later another Sarbaugh basket gave the Toreros a 59-51 lead with 6:51 to go.
A three-point play by Davis sparked Pepperdine's rally in the closing six minutes and a Brendan Lane dunk with 2:56 to go put the Waves back on top, 64-63. After Christopher Anderson made both free throws for a 65-64 lead (1:36 mark), Lane put them ahead for good with another dunk with 39 seconds left (66-65). Pepperdine would close the deal for the 69-65 victory. Over the final five minutes of action USD committed three turnovers and was just 2-of-6 from the line.
Kramer was followed in the scoring column by Sanadze (14 points), Chris Sarbaugh (career-best 12 points) and Dee (11 points). Dee moved into the #10 all-time Torero scoring spot, now with 1,244 points. With five assists, guard Christopher Anderson moved into the #3 all-time spot among Toreros with 454 dishes.
USD plays the first of four straight road games this coming Thursday at Santa Clara (Jan. 16th, 7pm).
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