Photos by Arthur Puu
Pepperdine dropped its only home game in two weeks to Saint Mary’s, 91-67 Saturday night.
Junior Eric Cooper Jr. led the Waves with 19 points and freshman Colbey Ross followed with 16 points and 5 assists.
— Pepperdine M. Hoops (@PeppBasketball) January 14, 2018
Six games into West Coast Conference play, Pepperdine is still seeking its first win. With the loss, the Waves fall to 3-15 on the season (3-7 at home) and are tied for last place with Portland in the West Coast Conference standings.
“It’s obviously frustrating to not get the win, and we’re going back to the drawing board,” Head Coach Marty Wilson said. “We got two tough matchups coming up next week in Northern California, but we’ll be ready for it.”
In the first half, senior Matthew Atewe got Pepperdine on the board with six early points, as both teams wrestled in a close battle. However, Saint Mary’s finished the half on a 9-4 run to take a 15-point lead, 47-32. In the second half, the Gaels offense continued to stay lights out, keeping the game’s margin in double digits for the remainder of the game.
“I think we had a great offensive start against a strong team in the first half,” Cooper said. “However, we just need to continue playing with energy on both sides of the ball and keep that energy going throughout the whole game.”
Half-by-Half Scoring (vs. Saint Mary’s):
Half 1: 47-32 (SMC)
Half 2: 91-67 (SMC)
Pepperdine will travel to Northern California to take on Pacific on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.
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