Friday, December 19, 2008

Pepperdine vs Cal State Northridge

Waves Visit Cal State Northridge on Thursday
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 12/16/2008
Pepperdine Men's Basketball Notes>

UPCOMING — The Pepperdine men’s basketball team, in the midst of playing four games in eight days, visits Cal State Northridge on Thursday night before coming home to host Georgia Tech on Saturday. Assuming historical records are correct, then the game at CSUN is the 2,000th in Pepperdine men’s basketball program’s history. The Waves hope that a strong second-half showing at USC on Monday will carry over and allow them to end a nine-game losing streak. Underclassmen are dominating the young Pepperdine lineup, as freshmen and sophomores are scoring 85% of the points.
GAME #11 — Thursday (Dec. 18) at the Matadome in Northridge, Calif.: Pepperdine (1-9) at Cal State Northridge (2-6) at 7 p.m.
GAME #12 — Saturday (Dec. 20) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Pepperdine vs. Georgia Tech (5-2) at 2 p.m.
ON THE WEB — Subscribers to "Wave Casts" can catch all Pepperdine men’s basketball games on the internet at Veteran play-by-play man Al Epstein, now in his 24th season with the Waves, is behind the microphone (Epstein called his 700th consecutive Pepperdine broadcast vs. Pacific on Dec. 13). Home games will have live audio and video, while road games will be audio only. Go to the Pepperdine Athletics website and look for the WaveCasts link. An annual pass costs $69.95 and monthly subscriptions are also available. Live statistics will be available for all home matches free of charge, and links are provided to the home team’s website when the Waves are on the road.
OPPONENTS — Pepperdine is 8-5 all-time against Cal State Northridge. This is the fourth consecutive season the teams have met. Pepperdine won at home in 2005-06 and the Matadors have won the last two. The Waves are 2-3 in Northridge. One of CSUN’s starters is Willie Galick, a former Pepperdine player who transferred ... Pepperdine is 0-1 all-time against Georgia Tech, with the lone meeting (a 67-56 loss) taking place in December 1983 in Stockton, Calif.
ROTATION — Pepperdine’s regular rotation currently consists of 10 players. Eight are freshmen or sophomores and seven weren’t on the roster last year.
LAST GAME — After trailing by 23 points at halftime at USC on Monday night (Dec. 15), the Waves played some of their best basketball of the season to cut the deficit to as few as five points before the Trojans posted a 91-77 victory at the Galen Center. It was just a six-point game at 77-71 with 3:40 to play before USC pulled away. Five Waves scored in double-figures, led by Keion Bell’s 18 points and Dane Suttle Jr.’s 14 points.
FRESHMAN SCORING — Last year, freshmen scored 63.6% of Pepperdine’s points. It looks like the new group of freshmen may lead the way in 2008-09 as well. Right now they account for 54.1% of the scoring, compared to 30.9% by the sophomores and 14.9% by the seniors.
STAT LEADERS — Scoring leaders are freshman Keion Bell (12.4), sophomore Mychel Thompson (9.5), senior Ryan Holmes (8.8) and freshman Dane Suttle Jr. (7.8) ... Rebounding leaders are freshman Taylor Darby (6.3), sophomore Denis Agre (4.9) and freshman Corbin Moore (3.5).

CSUN routs Pepperdine
By Lauren Peterson, Special to the Daily News
Article Launched: 12/19/2008 12:00:00 AM PST

Well, somebody had to win, and it turned out to be Cal State Northridge, going away.
Deon Tresvant and Willie Galick made sure of that as the Matadors routed Pepperdine, 99-64, in a nonconference men's basketball game between two struggling teams in front of 821 fans Thursday night at Cal State Northridge.
Tresvant, a senior guard, came off the bench and sank five of 11 three-point shots and 10 of 17 free throws to finish with a game-high 25 points, while Galick, a redshirt-junior transfer who, two years ago, played at Pepperdine, had 14 points and equaled his career-high with 10 rebounds to spark the Matadors in their biggest victory of the season.
"It felt good to me, since I played there" said Galick. "You want to do that every game, but it just kind of happened. We just needed to get into the flow, and I think we got the job done."
The Matadors, who surrendered a season-low point total by an opponent in an 80-53 victory over Denver in their last game on Dec. 9, snapping a six-game losing streak in process, came close to limiting the Waves to the same total but settled instead for registering the largest margin of victory by either team in the series' 14 meetings.
The previous best was a 19-point difference in a 90-71 victory by Pepperdine on Dec. 7, 1963.
The 35-point margin of victory - by Northridge, this time, equaled that accomplished in an 82-47 victory over UC Davis back on Jan. 10 of last season, and was the Matadors'
largest point differential since beating Vanguard, 94-49, on Dec. 20, 2007.
Northridge (3-6), which last scored more than 90 points against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on March 8 of last season and was bidding to break 100 for the first time since beating Long Beach State, 100-61, on Jan. 26 of last season, failed to hit that mark but twice led by as many as 43 points in the final three minutes.
"Obviously, this is a really big step for us," Northridge coach Bobby Braswell said. "We always tell the guys, 'You're probably not as good, or as bad as you think you are, and I think that's where we're at - somewhere in the middle. "We're not quite as good as a 99-64 team, but we're not as bad as a 3-6 team, either."
Pepperdine (1-10), which won its season opener against Cal State Monterey Bay, 91-82, but has lost every game since, equaled a more dubious mark than the margin-of-victory standard set by Northridge.
With the loss, the Waves have the worst record they have ever had in their first 11 games of a season, equaling a mark also registered during the 1965-66 campaign.
Northridge, returning to the court after a nine-day layoff between games, actually got off to a slow start against Pepperdine. But, unfortunately for the Waves, it didn't last long.
The Matadors trailed in the opening minutes of the game, falling behind 12-6. But they rallied by scoring nine of the next 10 points to take over a 15-13 edge that they built up over the last 10 minutes 45 seconds of the first half.
Following a three-point basket by Pepperdine forward Mychel Thompson that gave the Waves the lead again at 16-15, Northridge went on an 18-0 scoring run during which Pepperdine missed 11 shots in a row and committed seven turnovers, four on steals by the Matadors.
The Waves, who beat Northridge - the best-rebounding team in the Big West Conference - by a 51-44 margin on the boards, were nonetheless done in by their poor shooting. Pepperdine hit just nine of 37 shots (24.3 percent) from the floor in the first half and never recovered, making 23 of 71 (32.4 percent) for the game. Northridge, by contrast, shot 50 percent from the floor, making 38 of 76 attempts.
The Waves' early-season problems haven't been helped by the loss of senior point guard Ryan Holmes, who suffered a sprained knee at New Mexico State on Nov. 21 and sat out his seventh consecutive game.
Pepperdine had three players in double figures in scoring, including Holmes' replacement, Simi Valley High product Lorne Jackson, and Keion Bell, who each finished with 13 points. Taylor Darby added 10 points, but the Waves' efforts were hardly enough to offset those of Tresvant and Galick.
"I was making shots like mad, and it was about time," Tresvant said. "I've been struggling from the beginning, and not confident, and in a shooting slump.
These last 10 days, I've been really trying to take advantage of the time off, and, every night, I was going to gym by myself, and taking shots by myself. I guess practice brings you good results."
Another key cog in the Matadors' two-game winning streak - a stretch that has been short but still far more far satisfying to them than the recent six-game losing skid - has been senior point guard Josh Jenkins. He had just three points against Pepperdine but handled the offensive controls deftly and finished with 10 assists and just one turnover.
"I was pretty surprised at the ease of it," Jenkins said. "I didn't think Pepperdine would give in to our pressure defense as much as they did.
"It's just a confidence booster when you can put somebody down on the floor like that, and keep them there. What else can you expect but a win?"
Pepperdine (1-9) at Cal State Northridge (2-6)
By Sports Network - The Sports Network

GAME NOTES: In an effort to snap a lengthy nine-game slide, the Pepperdine Waves make the trip to The Matadome tonight where they will challenge Cal State Northridge in a non-conference event. Since winning their season opener versus Cal Sate Monterey Bay, the Waves have lost every single outing, including a 91-77 decision against USC on Monday night in Los Angeles.
After this meeting Pepperdine will host Georgia Tech on Saturday and then have a little more than a week off before competing in the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu versus Buffalo in opening-round action. As for the Matadors, they too were having trouble getting into the win column in recent weeks after starting the campaign with a win over Cal Lutheran, but the squad finally put together solid effort on December 9th and blew away the Denver Pioneers in an 80-53 decision. The victory snapped a six-game slide for the Matadors, who have been off ever since the Denver triumph. Except for the annual Bracketbuster event in late February, Cal State Northridge isn't even slated to leave the state of California the rest of the season. With regard to the all-time series between these two programs, Pepperdine maintains an 8-5 edge over the Matadors
Except for Denis Agre who finished with just four points, every starter hit for double figures for the Waves on Monday night, yet that still wasn't good enough against local foes USC on the road at the Galen Center.
Keion Bell posted 18 points, backup Dane Suttle tallied 14, Taylor Darby 12 points and five rebounds, while Lorne Jackson and Mychal Thompson tacked on 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Defensively the Waves forced 20 turnovers on the night, but also allowed the Trojans to shoot close to 60 percent from the field. Bell, who has started all but one game for the team thus far, is also the lone double-digit scorer on the roster with his 12.4 ppg. Bell is the top passer with 21 assists, is first with 14 steals and is collecting almost three and a half rebounds per contest, yet his 44 turnovers seem to cancel out all the positive along his stat line. As a team, Pepperdine is committing an average of 19 miscues per game and averaging just over 11 assists, which goes a long way in explaining how and why the school is being outscored by more than 13 ppg at the moment.

Neither one of these teams appears to be playing very well these days, but the fact that the Matadors have had plenty of time to prepare and they are at home should factor heavily into
into the outcome of this meeting.

Men's Hoops Falls at Cal State Northridge
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 12/18/2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ­— The 2,000th game in Pepperdine men’s basketball history turned out to be something less than memorable, as the Waves lost 99-64 at Cal State Northridge on Thursday evening in the Matadome. The Waves dropped to 1-10 overall and lost their 10th straight while suffering their largest defeat of the season. The Matadors improved to 3-6.

Freshman guards Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) and Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) scored a team-high 13 points apiece. Freshman forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) had 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Freshman center Corbin Moore (Cypress, Calif./Los Alamitos HS) pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds.
Pepperdine hit just 32.4% of its shots, compared to 50.0% for CSUN. The Matadors had a 40-14 edge in points off turnovers thanks to 24 miscues by the Waves. The Matadors got a game-high 25 points from Deon Tresvant. Willie Galick, a former Pepperdine player who transferred to CSUN, had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Waves actually led for the first six-plus minutes of the contest. A Jackson three-pointer from the left wing and a tip-in by Moore made the score 5-2. Bell pulled down a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up, followed by Jackson’s second three-pointer, and that put the Waves up by six at 10-4 with 15 minutes remaining.

Pepperdine still led 13-8 with 13 ½ minutes left after Moore made one of two free throws, but CSUN went into an entirely different gear from that point forward. The Waves began to struggle against the Matador defense, as in the next 8 ½ minutes they made just one of 14 shots and turned the ball over six times. During this time, CSUN went on a 25-3 run to pull ahead 33-16.

The Matadors then hit four three-pointers in the final three-plus minutes to go into the break with a 47-24 lead. The second half wasn’t any kinder to the Waves, as CSUN would lead by as many as 43 points before Pepperdine scored the final eight points of the contest.

Of the 12 players that saw action for the Waves, 10 were freshmen or sophomores, and eight weren’t on the roster last year. The Waves played their seventh straight game without Ryan Holmes (Phoenix, Ariz./Millennium HS/Phoenix CC), their starting point guard and one of just three seniors, who is sidelined by a knee injury.

The Waves complete a stretch of four games in eight days when they host Georgia Tech this Saturday (Dec. 20) at 2 p.m. Subscribers to “Wave Casts” at can watch the game and listen to Al Epstein’s call of the action.

CS Northridge defeats Pepperdine
The Matadors led by as many as 43 points in routing the Waves.
December 19, 2008
at CS Northridge 99, Pepperdine 64: The Matadors (3-6) led by as many as 43 points in routing the Waves (1-10). Deon Tresvant scored 25 points for Northridge, which had a 47-24 lead at halftime. Keion Bell and Lorne Jackson had 13 points each for Pepperdine, which has lost 10 in a row.

Recap: CS-Northridge vs. Pepperdine
By Sports Network - The Sports Network

Deon Tresvant poured in 25 points off the bench to lead the Cal State Northridge Matadors to a 99-64 romp over the Pepperdine Waves in a non-conference clash.
Willie Galick posted 14 points and 10 rebounds in the victory for Cal State Northridge (3-6), which got 11 points apiece from Rob Haynes and Xavier Crawford.
Keion Bell and Lorne Jackson both had 13 points for Pepperdine (1-10), which got 10 points and 14 rebounds from Taylor Darby.
Pepperdine shot a lowly 24.3 percent from the floor in the first half, and Cal State Northridge owned a 47-24 lead at intermission. The Matadors sealed the victory with 54.3 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes. Pepperdine turned the ball over 24 times, overshadowing a staggering total of 25 offensive rebounds.