Monday, December 29, 2008


Jackson Game-Winner Beats Eagles 58-56
December 29, 2008
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Lorne Jackson connected on a jumper with six seconds remaining in regulation lifting Pepperdine to a 58-56 victory over Coppin State in the consolation round of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in the Stan Sheriff Center on Monday.
The Waves turned the tables after losing their opening round game of the tournament to Buffalo on a jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining. Jackson, who scored Pepperdine's final four points including the game-winner, helped the Waves snap a 12-game losing streak.

Coppin State (1-10) had a chance to win the game, but Tywain McKee's three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark. The Eagles took a 55-54 lead on a three-pointer by McKee with 1:53 to play in the game.

Jackson answered with a jumper at the 1:40 mark of the period regaining the lead for the Waves at 56-55. McKee then tied the contest by making one of two free throws with 42 seconds to play. Jackson missed a jumper with 19 seconds left, but retained the ball when the Eagles were unable to collect the rebound. After a timeout, Jackson then connected on the game-winner with 6 seconds to play.
The game featured eight ties and nine lead changes and neither team held more than a three-point lead during the final 13:26 of play. The Eagles outshot the Waves 40.4 percent to 33.9 percent, but were hurt by missing 9-of-18 free throw attempts. McKee paced Coppin State with 21 points, eight rebounds, six steals and five assists. The Eagles also received 11 points and six rebounds from Sam Coleman and six points each from Vince Goldsberry and Mike Buckley.
Mychel Thompson led Pepperdine with 18 points, while Dane Suttle added 15. Jackson finished with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds. The Eagles started well and held an early lead behind hot shooting. After Suttle connected on a three-point basket cutting the CSU lead to 9-5, the Eagles answered with an 11-5 run capped by a three-pointer from Buckley to take a 20-10 lead with 7:38 remaining in the first half.
Pepperdine used a 12-0 run to take a 22-20 lead with 3:29 to play in the opening period.
Coleman ended the run with a dunk that tied the game at 22-22 with 2:41 to play in the period, but the Waves closed the half on a 5-0 run to take a 27-22 lead into the intermission.

A layup by Jackson gave Pepperdine a 33-24 lead with 18:14 left to play before the Eagles mounted a comeback. Ceslovas Kucinskas and Coleman each scored four points during a 13-2 run that gave the Eagles a 37-35 lead with 11:46 remaining. The teams then traded baskets for the remainder of the half until Jackson hit the game-winner. The Eagles will conclude tournament play against either George Washington or Hawaii on Tuesday.
NCAA Game Summary

- Pepperdine vs. Coppin State (Monday, December 29th)
Final Score: Pepperdine 58, Coppin State 56

Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Lorne Jackson knocked down a crucial field goal with 6.6 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Pepperdine to a 58-56 victory over Coppin State in the consolation round of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Jackson finished the game for the Waves (2-12) with 10 points, four assists, and four rebounds. Mychel Thompson led Pepperdine with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Dane Suttle Jr. came off the bench to add 15 points in the win.
Tywain McKee led all scorers with 21 points for Coppin State (1-10). McKee also recorded eight rebounds and five assists. Sam Coleman came in off the bench for the Eagles and added 11 points and six rebounds.
Pepperdine led at the half with a 27-22 margin, despite being down 16-5 midway through the first half.
Coppin State mounted a comeback in the second half, outscoring the Waves by three points, but Pepperdine was able to grab the two-point win despite shooting below 40.0 percent from the field in the stanza.
Pepperdine completely dominated the boards, outrebounding Coppin State, 46-33.
Pepperdine snaps losing streak, beats Coppin State
The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

HONOLULU: Lorne Jackson made a driving layup with six seconds left to lead Pepperdine to a 58-56 win over Coppin State Monday in a consolation game at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.
The Waves (2-12) snapped a 12-game losing streak dating back to Nov. 16 and will play in Tuesday's fifth-place game. The Eagles (1-10) dropped their 10th straight and will play in the seventh-place game.
Coppin State's Tywain McKee made the second of two free throws to tie it at 56 with 42 seconds left.
Jackson missed a 16-foot jumper with 19 seconds to play, but the Waves kept possession after the a Coppin State player knocked the ball out of bounds. Jackson then drove the lane, splitting a pair of defenders to lay it in with his right hand.
Mychel Thompson led Pepperdine with 18 points, Dane Suttle Jr. added 15 points and Jackson had 10. McKee led all scorers with 21 points.

Pepperdine (1-12) vs. Coppin State (1-9)
By Sports Network - The Sports Network
GAME NOTES: Two teams searching for just their second wins of the season clash in the 45th annual Rainbow Classic in Honolulu on Monday, as the Coppin State Eagles and Pepperdine Waves meet up on the loser's side of the bracket at the Stan Sheriff Center. Sunday saw the Waves lose their 12th game in a row in a 72-71 overtime decision against Buffalo in the opening round of the tournament. With the setback,

Pepperdine remains winless away from home and has not beaten anyone since opening the campaign with a 91-82 triumph over Cal State Monterey Bay. As for the Eagles, a team that has yet to play a single home game this season, they lost by double digits for the fourth straight game with their 80-63 setback versus Colorado on Sunday night. Like Pepperdine, Coppin State has not won since the season opener against Wilmington, a stretch of nine in a row. This will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams on the hardwood, and they will both be back in action on Tuesday to close out the three-day event.
Pepperdine had a 14-point lead in the second half against the Bulls on Sunday but saw that all disappear, along with a possible win in the overtime setback. Lorne Jackson was the only starter for the Waves to score in double figures as he dropped in 14 points, while reserve Rico Tucker matched his scoring output but also added five assists. Mychal Thompson came up- a point shy of a double- double as he tallied 11 boards and was the only starter to have even a single assist for the Waves.
A total of 22 turnovers, 14 by the starters, didn't help matters. Thompson is again one of only two players scoring in double figures for the team on a regular basis with his 10.1 ppg, trailing only Keion Bell and his 11.5 ppg. Bell is also second on the team in assists with 24 but already has 57 miscues, although the problem is not his alone because the team as a whole is averaging just under 20 turnovers per contest.

Coppin State missed all seven chances behind the three-point line in the first half and failed to make a single trip to the charity stripe in the frame, leaving the Eagles in a 12-point hole from which they were never able to climb out from. Michael Harper was the lone double-digit scorer for the program with his 11 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor, but he was the only starter to make more than two field goals the entire game. The squad forced 18 turnovers, but allowed Colorado to shoot not only 55.3 percent from the field, but also 7-of-14 behind the three-point line.
This team has just one consistent double- digit scorer in Tywain McKee who is accounting for 19.4 ppg, shooting 38.2 percent from three-point range and already having made more free throws (31- of-37) than any of his teammates has even attempted to this point. After 10 games the Eagles are scoring just 61.4 ppg, but giving up 72.9 ppg to the opposition.
One of these teams will have to come out on top today, but that doesn't necessarily mean the winner deserves that second victory of the season. Assume that Pepperdine will have the advantage because it didn't have as far to travel for this event.

Waves End Streak, Beat Coppin State
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information

Release: 12/29/2008

HONOLULU, Hawaii ­— A driving lay-up by freshman guard Lorne Jackson with 6.6 seconds left helped the Pepperdine men’s basketball team end its 12-game losing streak and defeat Coppin State, 58-56, in a consolation bracket game at the 45th Annual Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic on Monday afternoon.

Pepperdine (2-12) won for the first time since its season opener against Cal State Monterey Bay on Nov. 14. Coppin State (1-10) lost its 10th straight, but the 2008 NCAA Tournament team has played all 11 of its games on the road and has competed against one of the nation’s most difficult schedules to this point.

The Waves will next face the winner of tonight’s Hawaii-George Washington contest in the fifth-place game on Tuesday (Dec. 30). If Pepperdine plays George Washington, the game will be at 11 a.m. HT / 1 p.m. PT. If Pepperdine plays host Hawaii, the game will be at 5 p.m. HT / 7 p.m. PT.

Coppin State’s Tywain McKee sank one of two free throws with 42.3 seconds left to tie the game at 56-56. On Pepperdine’s final possession, Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) missed his first shot attempt, but the rebound went out of bounds and the ball was awarded to the Waves with 20.7 seconds left. After a timeout, Jackson let the clock wind down a bit before driving down the right side of the line and making a tough running shot in traffic with 6.6 seconds remaining.

“I knew I could take my man and get by him,” Jackson said. “Once I did that I just had to get up high enough and shoot it off the glass. It worked out and the ball went in.”
Fortunately for the Waves, they weren’t victimized by a buzzer-beater for the second straight night (Buffalo’s Andy Robinson hit a jump shot with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Bulls a 72-71 win over the Waves in the tournament’s first round). McKee’s last-gasp three-point attempt at the horn was far off the mark.

“Young teams have to figure out how to win,” Pepperdine Coach Tom Asbury said. “It’s really easy to lose. You can get ahead and play well for a while, but then young teams can lose their poise, lose their confidence, and start to play nervous, and next thing you know it’s over. Young teams have to figure out how to win, and it’s a maturation process. This was a good win for us. We could have won yesterday. Both situations were good learning experiences.”

Sophomore forward Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and also pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman forward Dane Suttle Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Summit College Prep) made 5-of-8 three-pointers and scored 15 points. Jackson had 10 points and freshman forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) pulled down 11 rebounds.

The Waves were able to recover from a horrific early shooting performance. At the 9:30 mark of the first half, they had made just two of 17 shots and trailed 16-5.

A three-pointer by Thompson left with 9:18 got things going, however. Senior guard Mike Hornbuckle (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS/Azusa Pacific) scored the Waves’ next five points, Jackson made a fast-break lay-up, Suttle sank a three-pointer and Thompson’s tip-dunk tied the game at 20-20 with 4:40 left.

Pepperdine took its first lead on a short jumper by freshman guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS), making it 22-20 with 3:25 left. Suttle’s third three-pointer of the first half made it 26-22 with 2:08 left. The Waves went into halftime with a 27-22 lead despite shooting 29.4% from the field. But, they held the Eagles to 33.3% shooting.

The Waves took their biggest lead of the game at 33-24 after a Jackson lay-up with 18:15 to go. But Pepperdine hit a cold spell once again, missing eight straight field goal attempts and allowing Coppin State to go on a 13-2 run and take a 37-35 lead with 11:45 left.

Over the next six minutes, all of Pepperdine’s offense came via the three-pointer, as Thompson hit three and Suttle sank two. Thompson’s last one broke a 47-47 tie and put Pepperdine up by three points with 5:18 left.
Coppin State retook the lead on a McKee three pointer, making it 55-54 with 1:55 left. Jackson sank a 15-foot jumper on the Waves’ next possession, giving Pepperdine a 56-55 edge with 1:40 to go, setting up the last-minute heroics.

Of the final play, Asbury said: “We were looking for the first good shot inside of 10 seconds, and everyone was going to go to the glass looking for an offensive rebound. We had enough dribble-penetrators out there to create something. Lorne put his head down and made it happen.”

The Waves made a season-high 10 three-pointers (five by Suttle and four by Thompson) and won despite shooting 33.9% from the field. Coppin State shot 40.4% from the field. The Eagles entered the game as one of the top free-throw shooting teams in the country at 78% but shot an uncharacteristic 9-for-18 from the line. Pepperdine had a 46-33 rebounding edge
Of the 10 players that saw action for the Waves, eight were freshmen or sophomores, and seven weren’t on the roster last year. The Waves played their 10th 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. Sophomore forward Jonathan Dupre' (Houston, Texas/Marshall HS/Collin County CC), who sprained an ankle in the Georgia Tech game a little more than a week ago, will not play in this tournament.

Waves Lose Heartbreaker to Buffalo

Pepperdine-Buffalo Box Score
Courtesy: Ron Hall
HONOLULU, Hawaii ­— Andy Robinson’s short jumper with 0.8 seconds left was a heartbreaker for the Pepperdine men’s basketball team, which lost 72-71 in overtime to Buffalo in the first round of the 45th Annual Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic on Sunday evening.
The Waves (1-12) had a 14-point lead in the second half and a six-point lead in overtime, but couldn’t hold on and suffered their 12th straight loss. The Bulls improved to 6-4 after their first-ever meeting with Pepperdine.

Pepperdine now drops to the consolation bracket and will face the loser of tonight’s Colorado-Coppin State game at 1:30 p.m. HT/3:30 p.m PT on Monday (Dec. 29).
Senior guard Rico Tucker ( San Diego , Calif. /University HS/Minnesota) had a season-high 14 points to go with five assists, but he couldn’t connect on a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation. Freshman guard Lorne Jackson ( Simi Valley , Calif./Simi Valley HS) also had 14 points and sophomore forward Mychel Thompson ( Ladera Ranch , Calif. /Stoneridge Prep) grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points.

After falling behind 12-6, the Waves played some of their best defensive basketball of the season for the remainder of the first half. A 7-0 run with baskets in the paint by sophomore center Denis Agre (Sofia, Bulgaria/Central Arizona JC) and freshman forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) and a three-pointer by freshman forward Dane Suttle Jr. ( Los Angeles , Calif. /Summit College Prep) gave the Waves their first lead at 13-12 with 10 minutes left. The lead went back and forth a couple of times until another Suttle three-pointer with 8:05 remaining put Pepperdine up 19-17.

The score was 24-20 at the final media timeout of the half, and a putback by Darby made it 26-20. Tucker was then mostly responsible for a four-point possession, putting the Waves up by 10 at 30-20 with about a minute left. He made a steal at midcourt and was grabbed from behind, resulting in an intentional foul. After he made two free throws, the Waves retained possession and Tucker fed Agre for a dunk. Agre also scored off an offensive rebound with one second remaining to send Pepperdine into halftime with a 32-20 edge.
In the final eight minutes, the Waves held the Bulls to one field goal and one free throw. The 20 points were the fewest by a Pepperdine opponent in any half this season, and the Waves built their lead despite 14 first-half turnovers. Buffalo was held to 25.8% shooting in the first half.
The Bulls cut the lead to 36-29 three minutes into the second half, but the Waves sank three-pointers on three consecutive possessions – two by Jackson and the one in the middle by Thompson – to push the lead to 45-31. The Waves were up 47-33 with 14 minutes left but hit a lull that lasted about four minutes. Buffalo repeatedly got to the free throw line, but made just six of nine and missed the front end of two one-and-ones. Still, the lead was cut to 47-39 with 10 ½ minutes left.

Tucker hit a three-pointer and later scored on a fast break to make the score 52-42 with a little less than nine minutes left. But the Bulls went on a 10-2 run to close the gap to within two points at 54-52 with six minutes to play.
The Waves added some cushion to their lead when Jackson beat the shot clock with a three-pointer and Bell converted a lay-up after a Buffalo turnover, making the score 59-52 with a little less than five minutes to go.

Buffalo scored the next six points, and even though Jackson recorded a lay-up with 2:40 left to make it 61-58, Buffalo ’s Andy Robinson sank a three-pointer with 2:23 left that tied the game at 61-61. That’s how regulation ended, as the Bulls missed several opportunities to take the lead. Tucker forced a jumper with a couple of seconds left but didn’t come close. Buffalo got the ball back with less than two seconds on the clock and after a full-court pass, Buffalo ’s Robinson took a 15-foot shot that was off the mark.
Pepperdine scored on its first three possessions of overtime to take a 67-61 lead. Darby made two free throws, Tucker drove in for a lay-up and Thompson scored on a putback. Still, Buffalo scored on four straight possessions to take a 70-69 lead as Greg Gamble hit a short jumper from the left baseline with 31 seconds left.

On a well-designed play, Tucker drove to the basket down the left side, and when the defense collapsed on him, he found senior guard Mike Hornbuckle (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS/Azusa Pacific) for a lay-up on the right with 12 seconds left. That still gave Buffalo time, however, and Robinson dribbled around for a while in the left corner, got out of a trap, then drove and pulled up for a 10-foot jumper from the left wing, which he made with 0.8 seconds left. The Waves then committed an offensive foul on their final chance.

The Waves outshot the Bulls, 44.8% to 37.3%, but had more turnovers (22-17) and were outrebounded (42-35).

Of the 10 players that saw action for the Waves, eight were freshmen or sophomores, and seven weren’t on the roster last year. The Waves played their ninth 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. Sophomore forward Jonathan Dupre' (Houston, Texas/Marshall HS/Collin County CC), who sprained an ankle in the Georgia Tech game a week ago, will not play in this tournament.

Colleges roundup
Pepperdine falls to Buffalo in overtime
Daily News
Updated: 12/28/2008 10:22:51 PM PST

Andy Robinson made a jumper with two seconds left to lead Buffalo past Pepperdine 72-71 in overtime Sunday night in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic at Honolulu.
Lorne Jackson and Rico Tucker each had 14 points for Pepperdine (1-12).
Mike Hornbuckle hit a jumper for the Waves with 12 seconds left in overtime to give Pepperdine a 71-70 lead. Pepperdine led by as many as 14 points in the second half, and led 50-39 with 10:22 left in the second half. But Robinson hit a 3-pointer for Buffalo (6-4) with 2:24 left in the second half, and neither team scored again until the extra period.
Pepperdine led 67-61 with 3:26 left in overtime after a Mychel Thompson jumper, but Buffalo rallied and took a 70-69 lead with 32 seconds left on a jumper by Greg Gamble.

December 29, 2008
Late shot boosts Buffalo

By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
Out of sight and out of mind, the Buffalo basketball team is hoping to give its fans a reason to cheer for something other than football this week.
The Bulls defeated Pepperdine, 72-71, in an overtime thriller of the first round of the 45th Annual Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic last night.
A crowd of 757 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched last night's two first-round games.
Andy Robinson hit an off-balance jump shot from 12 feet with 0.8 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bulls the victory. Buffalo had trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, and six points early in the overtime.
"It means a lot," Buffalo head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "We had three overtime games last year and didn't win any of them. Everything appeared to be going wrong, and yet our guys hung in there and kept fighting, and I think that's a sign of growth."
The win prevented what would have been a significant upset. Buffalo improved to 6-4; Pepperdine lost its 12th straight game to fall to 1-12.
The Bulls are rated No. 115 among NCAA Division I teams by CBS Sports. The Waves are rated No. 332 out of 343 total teams.
"Nothing against (Pepperdine), but we were thinking from the beginning of the game that we should have been ahead," Buffalo guard Calvin Betts said. "But we knew if we kept fighting it would work out."
Betts had game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Buffalo. Robinson added 12 points off the bench.
Pepperdine took a 71-70 lead with 12 seconds remaining in overtime when Mike Hornbuckle scored on a layup off a nice assist from Rico Tucker.
On Buffalo's ensuing possession, Robinson got the ball in the corner, faked a pass, then drove toward the lane for his winning shot.
"I had a pretty good look at the basket," Robinson said. "I had a really good first step and I knew I beat (the defender), so all I had to do was kind of fade a little bit."
Betts, who was another option on the final play, said: "At first I wanted him to kick it because I was wide open. But great players make shots like that, and Andy's a great player."
Robinson also hit a 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining in regulation to tie the score at 61. Neither team scored after that, forcing the five-minute overtime.
The Bulls will play Colorado in a semifinal game today at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, it is 34 degrees back in Buffalo, where most of the fans are preparing for the football team's upcoming International Bowl on Saturday in Toronto against Connecticut. Buffalo upset Ball State to win the Mid-American Conference football title.
"Everybody's excited about the football team, including us," Betts said. "But this is a chance for us to make some noise and hopefully get people talking about basketball, too."
Lorne Jackson and Tucker led the Waves with 14 points each. Pepperdine will play Coppin State in a consolation game today at 1:30 p.m.

Published: Dec 29, 2008 02:51 AM
Modified: Dec 29, 2008 02:56 AM

Recap: Pepperdine vs. Buffalo
By Sports Network, The Sports Network

Andy Robinson hit a jumper with two seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Buffalo Bulls over the Pepperdine Waves, 72-71, in the opening round of the 45th annual Rainbow Classic.
Calvin Betts racked up 18 points and 14 rebounds for Buffalo (6-4), which got 12 points from Robinson.
Lorne Jackson and Rico Tucker posted 14 points apiece
in the painful setback for Pepperdine (1-12), which had its losing skid extended to 12 games.
Pepperdine owned a commanding 32-20 lead at intermission after limiting Buffalo to 8-of-31 shooting from the floor in the first half.
Robinson hit a three-pointer with 2:24 remaining in the second half to tie the score at 61-61, and neither team was able to score again in regulation.
In the overtime period, Robinson proved to be the hero. The Waves lost despite hitting 4-of-5 field goal attempts in that extra session.
The Bulls finished the contest with a 42-35 rebounding edge, and they forced 22 turnovers in the triumph.
Buffalo will take on Colorado in the semifinal round on Monday, while Pepperdine will face Coppin State in the consolation round.
Future NBA stars that were named
to Classic all-tournament teams.

1967 Elvin Hayes (Houston)
1969 Pete Maravich (LSU)
1971 Bob Nash (Hawai‘i)
1972 Tom Henderson (Hawai‘i)
George Karl (North Carolina)
Bobby Jones (North Carolina)
1974 Quinn Buckner (Indiana)
1976 Otis Birdsong (Houston)
Bill Cartwright (San Francisco)
1977 Danny Ainge (Brigham Young)
Phil Ford (North Carolina)
1979 Eddie Johnson (Illinois)
Darrell Griffith (Louisville)
1980 Isiah Thomas (Indiana)
1981 Ricky Pierce (Rice)
Thurl Bailey (North Carolina State)
Quintin Dailey (San Francisco)
1982 Michael Jordan (North Carolina)
Sam Perkins (North Carolina)
Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma)
Byron Scott (Arizona State)
1984 Detlef Schrempf (Washington)
Mark Price (Georgia Tech)
1985 Hersey Hawkins (Bradley)
1986 Charles Smith (Pittsburgh)
1987 Vinny Del Negro (North Carolina St.)
1988 Dennis Scott (Georgia Tech)
Nick Anderson (Illinois)
1989 Christian Laettner (Duke)
1990 Allan Houston (Tennessee)
1991 Latrell Sprewell (Alabama)
1992 Chris Webber (Michigan)
Jalen Rose (Michigan)
George Lynch (North Carolina)
Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State)
1994 Corliss Williamson (Arkansas)
1995 John Wallace (Syracuse)
1996 Anthony “A.C.” Carter (Hawai‘i)
1997 Paul Pierce (Kansas)
Tyronne Lue (Nebraska)
2002 Danny Granger (Bradley)
2004 Jeff Green (Georgetown)