Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Bell Helps Rally Waves Over CSUSB
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 11/20/2009
Pepperdine-CSUSB Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. - Sophomore guard Keion Bell helped rescue the Pepperdine men's basketball team by scoring the team's final 12 points of a 72-70 comeback victory over Cal State San Bernardino in Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday night.
Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half, including 12 in the final three minutes, as the Waves (1-2) won their first game of the season.
Cal State San Bernardino (0-1), traditionally a strong team at the NCAA Division II level, led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Waves rallied. Pepperdine had a 39-37 lead with 17 minutes left in the second half, but recorded only one field goal over the next 9 1/2 minutes as the Coyotes pulled ahead 58-46.
Six points by sophomore forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) and three-pointers by sophomore forward Dane Suttle Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Summit College Prep) and freshman guard Joshua Lowery (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) helped the Waves to close the gap.
Bell began his game-ending run with a three-point play with 2:56 left that cut San Bernardino's lead to 64-63. His dunk off a teammate's miss tied the game at 66 with 2:10 remaining, and his putback with 40 seconds left gave Pepperdine a 70-69 advantage. He then hit two free throws with 19.8 seconds left to give the Waves a three-point lead.
On the Coyotes' final possession, Aaron Hill made one of two free throws with 12.1 seconds left. San Bernardino got the offensive rebound, but Lawrence Tyson's jumper at the buzzer was off the mark.
Bell, who also had game highs of eight assists and seven rebounds, was one of five Waves in double-figures. Sophomore guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) had 12 points, Darby scored 11 along with seven rebounds and both Suttle and junior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Stoneridge Prep) had 10 points apiece.
Bell has scored 20 or more points in each of his three games this season. Though he was Pepperdine's leading scorer last season at 12.9 ppg, he had only three 20-point games all last year.
Jackson hit all four of his three-pointers in the first half, helping Pepperdine rally back from as much as a six-point deficit. His third one tied the game at 27-27, and his fourth one gave the Waves their largest lead of the half at 32-29. Still, the teams went into the break tied at 34.
Pepperdine had advantages of 48.1%-40.7% in field goals and 38-27 in rebounding.
After three games at home to start the season, the Waves play their next five away from Firestone Fieldhouse, starting at UCLA on Monday (Nov. 23) at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports West. Fans can also listen to Al Epstein's broadcast at with a subscription to Wave Casts.
Anderson's 15-second half points pushes The Beach to a win at Pepperdine
LBSU gets first win in Malibu since 1986

Nov. 17, 2009
Box Score
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Larry Anderson had a huge second half to help Long Beach State break open a tight game en route to a 67-58 non-conference win in Firestone Fieldhouse Tuesday night.
Anderson scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals after the break to help LBSU (2-0) overcome a two-point halftime deficit. He finished the game with 20 points, five boards, four assists and five steals.
T.J. Robinson added his second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Greg Plater added 11 points, nine in the second half, to help The Beach beat the Waves (0-2) in Malibu for the first time since Dec. 11, 1986. The 49ers were 0-5 on the road against the Waves since their last win at Pepperdine.
Long Beach State jumped on Pepperdine early in the second half. After falling behind 32-29 on a Taylor Darby free throw 13 seconds into the half, the 49ers outscored the Waves 25-9 over the next 11:21 to build a 13-point lead.
The Waves couldn't get closer than 10 points until Keion Bell, who had a game-high 21 points, scored with 2:17 left to cut the 49ers lead to nine. Pepperdine would get as close as seven, but Plater sealed the win with three 3-pointers in the last 6:11 of the game, including the back-breaker with 1:40 to play.
Long Beach State held Pepperdine to 30.8 percent shooting (20-of-65), including just 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from beyond the arc. The Waves committed 10 more turnovers, 18 to 8, than LBSU but pounded The Beach 54-33 on the boards. The rebounding advantage led to Pepperdine attempting 16 more shots than the 49ers, but Long Beach State made enough (42.9 percent) to come away with the win.
The first half was close throughout with eight ties and neither team leading by more than five. Pepperdine led 31-29 at the break thanks to a 24-13 advantage on the glass. The 11-rebound advantage led to a 10-6 advantage in second-chance points. The Waves finished the game with an 18-6 second-chance points advantage, but were still outscored in the paint 30-22 by Long Beach State. LBSU also outscored Pepperdine 10-4 in transition.

LBSU stayed in the game early at the free throw line and thanks to 10 Pepperdine turnovers in the first half. The Beach made 12-of-17 from the stripe before the break, including its last eight points of the half. The 49ers finished 20-of-31 (64.5 percent) from the line.
Robinson led LBSU in the first half scoring nine points and grabbing five of the team's 13 boards. Anderson added five points, while Eugene Phelps and Stephan Gilling had four points each. Phelps scored all of his points in the first 3:50 before picking up his second foul with 15:55 to play. He sat out the rest of the half. Phelps came back to play 14 minutes in the second half and scored four more points and grabbed seven of his eight rebounds. Casper Ware finished with a team-high six assists and three steals for the 49ers who travel to Notre Dame on Thursday and Green Bay on Saturday to finish a three-game, five-day, road trip.

Nov 14 2009 1:17AM
Associated Press

Pacific outlasts Pepperdine for 67-64 ( 2 OT) victory
AP NewsNow.

(MALIBU, Calif. (AP) Pacific's Lavar Neufville scored the final three points of the second overtime, lifting the Tigers to a 67-64 victory at Pepperdine on Friday night.Pacific made the score 64-64 on a basket by Pat Eveland with 1:15 remaining in the second OT, and the Tigers (1-0) went ahead by two on Neufville's driving layup with 27.5 seconds left.Neufville added a free throw with 11 seconds remaining.The Waves (0-1) erased a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation. Mychel Thompson's tip-in with 4.7 seconds left sent the game to overtime.Pepperdine's Keion Bell had game highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime. Terrell Smith scored 14 points to lead Pacific.

Long Beach, Pepperdine cross paths
49ers travel to face the Waves in nonconference matchup.
By Frank Burlison, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/16/2009 11:03:53 PM PST

A couple of men's basketball programs that seem to be on similar rebuilding paths hook up in a nonconference game today in Firestone Pavilion on the Pepperdine campus in Malibu at 7 p.m.
The visiting Long Beach State 49ers, who opened Season III under Coach Dan Monson with an 86-65 home victory over Alaska-Anchorage Saturday evening, are expected to start four sophomores with a freshman and another sophomore also expected to see action off the bench.
And the host Pepperdine Waves, who started Season II under Coach Tom Asbury (his second stint with the program) by losing a 67-64, double-overtime decision to Pacific Friday night in Malibu, are expected to start three sophomores and a freshman, with two other sophomores and a couple of other frosh likely to play as well.
Only two players (reserve posts Andrew Fleming and Arturas Lazdauskas) remain on the LBSU roster who played for the coach Monson replaced, Larry Reynolds, while there is just one current Wave - junior forward Mychel Thompson, the son of the former NBA player and now-Lakers' radio commentator - who played under Vance Walberg at Pepperdine.
The 49ers went from 6-25 to 15-15 in Monson's second season and, truth be told, Asbury would take a comparable improvement in his program and be something close to giddy over it in March after going 9-23 last season.
"Where we are right now," Asbury said Monday morning, "is really about where I hoped we would be right now.

"We have quality kids who are also good students. A lot of the kids that we had before (referring to the nine years he served as an assistant under Jim Harrick and then six as the head coach before departing for Kansas State) would have never gotten into school now. The curriculum is harder and it's a dramatically different school, academically, than when I was here before."
Asbury watched video of Long Beach's win Saturday "and I think they are pretty solid," he said.
"I think they are going to be a factor in the Big West. (Larry) Anderson is a nice player and (Casper) Ware is decent. They are going to be good. I'm not sure who in the Big West I would pick over them (the 49ers). I don't think Pacific is better."
Six-foot-three sophomore Keion Bell, who played at both Serra and Pasadena as a prep before leading the Waves in scoring last season, is projected to be an All-West Coast Conference selection this season.
"He's bigger and stronger than he was as a freshman," Asbury said of Bell, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds Friday night. "He's extremely athletic but he's a turnover machine right now. He's one of those guys that lives on a tight rope. He'll turn the ball over but go steal it and dunk. He can drive a coach a little crazy."
The 6-5 Anderson, the co-Big West Player of the Week for his 18-point and seven-assist performance Saturday, came off the bench to score four points and grab three rebounds when the 49ers beat the Waves, 80-61, last Dec. 3 in the Walter Pyramid.
Ware had one of his better performances (15 points, eight assists and five steals) as the 49ers beat a Pepperdine team for only the second time in a stretch of 11 meetings in as many seasons.
The Waves lead the all-time series, 16-7.
"I think they are a much improved team," Monson said, after watching video of the Waves' narrow loss to UOP.
"Their players are much more experienced and they've adjusted to his (Asbury's) system.",0,2973541.story
Anderson, Robinson lead Long beach State to a 67-58 victory over Pepperdine
By Associated Press
12:31 AM EST, November 18, 2009

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Larry Anderson scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to lead visiting Long Beach State to a 67-58 victory over Pepperdine on Tuesday night.nderson also had five rebounds and five steals. T.J. Robinson provided 15 points and 10 rebounds for the 49ers (2-0).Pepperdine (0-2) was led by Keion Bell, who scored a game-high 21 points. Taylor Darby grabbed six offensive rebounds and 10 total Long Beach State's lead hit double-digits for the first time at 49-39 after Casper Ware's lay-up with 12:15 left. The 49ers led by as many as 13 while Pepperdine got no closer than seven.epperdine led 31-29 at halftime and was up 34-32 with less than 17 minutes to play, but Anderson then scored seven straight points, helping the 49ers take the lead for good. He drained a 3-pointer, then had two dunks following Pepperdine turnovers.

Men's Hoops Beaten by Long Beach State
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 11/17/2009

MALIBU, Calif. - An enormous rebounding advantage wasn't enough as the Pepperdine men's basketball team lost to visiting Long Beach State, 67-58, at Firestone Fieldhouse on Tuesday night.
Pepperdine (0-2) had a 54-33 edge on the boards, including 25-6 in offensive rebounds, but the Waves couldn't find the mark on enough of their opportunities, as they shot 30.8% for the game.
Sophomore guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) led the Waves again with 21 points and three assists, but he was the only Pepperdine player in double-figures. Sophomore forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) had eight points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) also had eight points.
Long Beach State (2-0), which shot 42.9% and forced 18 Wave turnovers, got 20 points from Larry Anderson and 15 points and 10 rebounds from T.J. Robinson.
The Waves trailed by as many as five points early in the first half, but came back to take a five-point lead of their own on a three-pointer by Bell, which made the score 25-20 with 6 1/2 minutes left. Another three-pointer by Bell and a free throw by Darby in the final minute of the half sent the Waves into the break with a 31-29 lead.
A jumper by junior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Stoneridge Prep) gave the Waves their final lead at 34-32 with 17 1/2 minutes left in the game. Anderson took over the next few minutes for Long Beach State, scoring the game's next seven points on a three-pointer and two dunks.
Bell scored the next two baskets to get the Waves back within one point at 39-38 with a little less than 14 minutes left, but a 12-1 run by the 49ers over the next two minutes gave Long Beach State its first double-digit lead of the night. The 49ers maintained that lead the rest of the way, going up by as many as 13. Pepperdine got no closer than seven, and that was in the final minute.
Pepperdine concludes its three-game homestand to start the season on Friday (Nov. 20) against Cal State San Bernardino at 7 p.m. Fans that can't make the game can watch on-line and listen to Al Epstein's broadcast at with a subscription to Wave Casts.

Waves Continue Homestand vs. Long Beach State
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 11/16/2009

Pepperdine Men's Basketball Notes

THE FACTS - The Pepperdine men's basketball team looks to bounce back from a season-opening double-overtime loss as the Waves continue their three-game homestand to open the 2009-10 campaign. Pepperdine hosts Long Beach State on Tuesday and Cal State San Bernardino on Friday.
GAME #2 - Tuesday (Nov. 17) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Pepperdine (0-1) vs. Long Beach State (1-0) at 7 p.m.
GAME #3 - Friday (Nov. 20) at Firestone Fieldhouse: Pepperdine vs. Cal State San Bernardino (0-0) at 7 p.m.
PROMOTIONS - With a donation of a new children's book at Tuesday's Long Beach State game, adult general admission tickets will be just $5. This benefits Firstbook, a charity associated with Pepperdine's Pi Beta Phi sorority ... The first 300 students at the Long Beach State game will get a burrito from Lily's Cafe ... If the Waves score 75 points or more against Long Beach State or Cal State San Bernardino, certificates will be given out afterward for a free piece of grilled chicken at the KFC in Malibu.
TICKETS - Men's basketball single-game tickets cost $15 (lower reserved), $12 (upper reserved), $10 (adult general admission) or $5 (children general admission). Call (866) WAVE-TIX to purchase tickets.
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 25th season with the Waves, is behind the microphone. 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.
LONG BEACH STATE - Pepperdine is 16-7 all-time against Long Beach State. This is the 12th straight season that the schools have met (Pepperdine is 9-2 in this stretch). The Waves have won all five home games during this run. The 49ers were victorious in last year's meeting at the Pyramid, 80-61. Two years ago at home, the Waves won 92-81 in overtime.
LAST GAME - Pepperdine opened the season with an exciting second-half comeback that unfortunately ended in a 67-64 double-overtime loss to Pacific last Friday (Nov. 13) in Firestone Fieldhouse. The Waves trailed by 10 with 4 1/2 minutes left in regulation but scored 10 of the final 12 points, including a tip-in by Mychel Thompson with 4.7 seconds left to send the game to overtime.
In the first OT, Dane Suttle Jr.'s three-pointer tied it at 60-60 with 51.9 seconds left and both teams missed their final chances. In the second OT, Gus Clardy gave the Waves' a 64-62 lead with 1:34 left with a putback, but Pacific scored the final five points of the game. Keion Bell had 20 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime, and Suttle added 13 points.
FOR OPENERS - The loss to Pacific was Pepperdine's seventh in the last eight season openers. The exception was last year, when the Waves beat Cal State Monterey Bay in the first game. All-time in season openers, Pepperdine is now 40-32. When the season opener is at home, the Waves are now 28-10.
OVERTIME - Pepperdine has lost its last three overtime games since beating Portland at the 2008 WCC Tournament. The last time the Waves went to overtime in a season opener was in 2002-03 at Bradley (a 95-81 loss). The last double-overtime game the Waves played was also in 2002-03 against Arkansas-Little Rock (a 116-110 win).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES - Keion Bell had his fifth career double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) in the season opener against Pacific. His four last season all came in WCC play. The last Pepperdine player to record a double-double in the season opener was Kelvin Gibbs (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a loss to Indiana to start the 2000-01 season.
TEAM CAPTAIN - Mychel Thompson was selected as team captain for 2009-10 after a landslide vote by his teammates. The junior forward is Pepperdine's only player that has been with the team for two full seasons. Now in his third year as a starter, he is averaging 8.8 points for his career and made 91 three-pointers.
YOUTUBE SENSATION - Keion Bell, a preseason All-WCC first team selection, got Pepperdine a ton of publicity in mid-October. At Blue & Orange Madness, Pepperdine's event to kick off the start of practice, the sophomore guard finished up the dunk contest by leaping over five teammates and slamming it home. A Pepperdine fan happened to record the dunk on his iPhone and uploaded it onto YouTube. It quickly spread around the internet and at last check had nearly 1.1 million hits. ESPN's SportsCenter picked up the video and made the dunk the #2 Play of the Day. Bell led the team in scoring last year as a freshman at 12.9 ppg.
WCC PRESEASON POLL - According to the WCC's coaches, the Waves are predicted to finish seventh in the conference. Their poll went in the following order: Gonzaga, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Santa Clara (tied), San Diego, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount. Several national publications and websites have differing opinions on the Waves, including fourth (The Sporting News), fifth (The Sports Network), sixth (Athlon and Lindy's) and seventh (, and
ROSTER - Pepperdine returns 11 letterwinners from last season (believed to be among the most in school history). There are also five newcomers, bringing the roster total to 16. There are no seniors on the squad, and 12 of the 16 players are underclassmen. The roster features four juniors, seven sophomores and five true freshmen. Twelve are on scholarship and four are walk-ons.
RETURNERS - Four of the five starters from last year's team return (Keion Bell, Taylor Darby, Corbin Moore and Mychel Thompson). Pepperdine's returning players account for 82.5% percent of last year's scoring (1629/1974), 88.3% of the rebounds (919/1041), 65.4% of the assists (223/341), 95.0% of the blocked shots (96/101) and 77.2% of the steals (166/215).
NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE - Tom Asbury believes in preparing his team for league play with a difficult non-conference slate of games, and so that's what the Waves have ahead of them. The Waves play six games against non-conference teams that took part in the postseason last year: Portland State, UCLA and Utah made the NCAA Tournament, Miami (Fla.) was in the NIT, Wyoming was in the College Basketball Invitational and Pacific was in the inaugural Tournament. Nine of the 16 non-conference games are at home.
TELEVISION - The Waves are slated to appear on television several times once again in 2009-10. Six games will be shown locally - Nov. 23 at UCLA on Fox Sports West, Jan. 14 vs. Santa Clara on ESPNU, Jan. 21 at Gonzaga on Prime Ticket (delayed), Jan. 30 vs. San Diego on Prime Ticket, Feb. 18 vs. Portland on Prime Ticket and Feb. 20 vs. Gonzaga on Fox Sports West.
TOM ASBURY - Now in his second stint in charge of the Waves is coaching great Tom Asbury. He returned to Malibu prior to the 2008-09 campaign to become the Waves' head coach again after 14 seasons away. Asbury was previously at Pepperdine for nine years as an assistant coach (1980-88) and then the next six as the head coach (1989-94). He went on to serve as head coach at Kansas State from 1995-2000 and was an assistant coach at Alabama from 2004-07. Asbury went 125-59 (.679) in his first head coaching job at Pepperdine and took the Waves to the postseason five times in six years with three NCAA Tournament appearances (1991, '92, '94) and two in the NIT (1989, '93). Pepperdine won three regular-season WCC titles and the school's only three WCC Tournament championships came under Asbury. Prior to the start of the 2009-10 season, his seven-year record at Pepperdine was 134-82 (.620) and his 13-year record as a head coach was 219-170 (.563).
ASSISTANTS - Upon his return, Tom Asbury wanted to find assistants with a passion for Pepperdine and an understanding of its mission, so he turned to three former student-athletes. It's believed that Duke and Pepperdine have the only two college basketball staffs where the assistant coaches are all alums. Associate head coach Marty Wilson (1985-89) and assistant coaches Damin Lopez (1990-94) and Will Kimble (2001-03) played in three different eras, all successful. In the 13 seasons that made up their playing careers, Pepperdine went a combined 261-135 (.659), had 12 winning seasons, won six WCC regular-season titles and three WCC tournament titles, and made six NCAA Tournaments and four NITs.
LAST SEASON - Tom Asbury's return to Pepperdine brought much-needed stability to the program in his first season back. With only five players returning, Asbury and his new staff brought in 10 newcomers well after the regular letter-of-intent signing period. The young Waves posted a 9-23 overall record but got much better as the year went on, placing sixth in the WCC with a 5-9 record and winning a first-round game at the WCC Tournament. Keion Bell was named to the WCC All-Freshman team after averaging a team-best 12.9 ppg.
PEPPERDINE HISTORY - This is the 72nd season of Pepperdine basketball, and the Waves opened 2009-10 with an all-time record of 1,111-910 (.550). Pepperdine has been to the NCAA Tournament 13 times (last in 2002), and has won 12 West Coast Conference regular-season titles (last in 2002) and three WCC Tournament crowns (last in 1994).
BEST IN THE WEST - Pepperdine has long been one of the top Division I programs on the West Coast. Over the 31-season period from the 1978-79 season through the 2008-09 campaign, of the 32 schools that currently play Division I basketball in California, Oregon or Washington, the Waves began the 2009-10 season ranking third overall in postseason appearances (16) and fifth in both wins (525) and winning percentage (.565) over the past 31 years.
WAVES IN THE PROS - This is the 34th consecutive season where at least one Pepperdine alum has been on an NBA roster. Currently in the NBA is Yakhouba Diawara, now in his fourth season overall and his second with the Miami Heat. A total of 16 former Pepperdine players have gone on to play in the NBA, most notably Dennis Johnson (the 1979 NBA Finals MVP) and Doug Christie (a 15-year NBA veteran who was a mainstay on the All-Defensive Team). Some recent players have been playing in foreign countries, including Alex Acker (Italy), Tezale Archie (Netherlands), Brandon Armstrong (Venezuela), Gerald Brown (Poland), Jelani Gardner (Greece), Kelvin Gibbs (Germany), Chase Griffin (Germany), Dana Jones (Switzerland) and Glen McGowan (Dominican Republic). Robert "Hollywood" Turner, formerly a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, is now playing in Finland.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE - Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won a total of nine NCAA championships in five different men's sports - one of just 14 schools to have accomplished this feat. Of the 14, Pepperdine is the only non-BCS school and has by far the smallest enrollment. The majority of Pepperdine's teams are ranked nationally year after year and compete for conference and national titles.

Men's Hoops Rallies, But Falls in 2OT to Pacific
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 11/13/2009

Pepperdine-Pacific Box Score

MALIBU, Calif. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team made a spirited comeback to send its season opener into overtime, but Pacific eventually prevailed, 67-64, in double OT at Firestone Fieldhouse on Friday night.
The Waves (0-1) trailed by 10 with a little more than four minutes to play in regulation, but scored 10 of the half's final 12 points, including a tip-in by junior forward Mychel Thompson (Portland, Ore./Stoneridge Prep) with 4.7 seconds left, to even things up.
Pepperdine was hurt when sophomore guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) fouled out with 2:59 left in the first overtime period. He finished with game highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds, good for his fifth career double-double. He scored 13 of his points in the final eight minutes of regulation, including a spectacular dunk and ensuing free throw with 1:24 left that pulled Pepperdine within two points.
The Tigers (1-0) took a 60-57 lead with a little more than a minute left in the first overtime, but sophomore forward Dane Suttle Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif./Summit College Prep) drained a three-pointer from the left baseline to tie it up at 60-60 with 51.9 seconds left. Both teams then missed their final chances of the period.
In the second overtime, Pepperdine took a couple of two-point leads, the last coming at 1:34 left at 64-62 on a fourth-chance opportunity when junior forward Gus Clardy (Nagocdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches HS) got an offensive rebound and a putback.
But the Tigers got driving lay-ups by Pat Eveland with 1:15 left and Lavar Neufville with 27.5 seconds left, putting Pacific back in front at 66-64. After a Waves' miss, Neufville hit one of two free throws with 11 seconds remaining. Pepperdine had a chance to tie it again and send the game to a third overtime, but couldn't get a three-point shot off before the buzzer.
Suttle scored 13 points and hit five of seven shots. Pacific was led by 14 points from Terrell Smith, 13 points from Sam Willard and 11 points from Joe Ford.
Both teams were harmed by their free throw shooting. Pepperdine went 19-for-33 (57.6%) while Pacific was 9-for-21 (42.9%).
The Tigers' biggest lead was 13 points at 35-22 in the second half. Pepperdine never led in regulation and never led by more than two points in overtime.

CAL 24 ASU 16
Chris Nguon Senior Writer

For all intents and purposes, the game was over. Shane Vereen had galloped into the end zone, giving the Bears a 24-16 lead. All that proceeded was a status quo extra point that has been practiced and performed time and time again. Every once in awhile however, even a simple task such as an extra point goes awry. Unfortunately for Cal, that "moment" came at the worst possible time, as the Bears botched the try, which gave Arizona one final chance to drive the field and possibly send the contest into overtime. But, as they had done the entire game however, the Cal defense stopped Arizona when it counted.

Wrapping up the win …
** All in all, a win is a win and you’ll take it.** Seeing the defense play well is a great sign as Cal heads to The Farm next week.** Here is the official recap of the game.** Here is the official statistics of the game.** Some game photos to take a look at.** The Cal offense came through when it needed.** The Cal defense stepped up time and time again.** Extra notes highlighting career highs by a couple Cal players.** Jahvid Best is back in a good sort of way.Additional quotes from the press conference …
November 14, 2009

Chris Nguon Senior Writer

For the first time since his scary fall last week, junior running back Jahvid Best talked publicly about the incident. In a pregame interview with Versus network, Best - who was an honorary captain during the pregame coin toss - updated his health status, thanked his supporters and gave an update as to when exactly he might be back on the field.

Best made his first public statement since his fall"I'm doing pretty well," Best said. "I mean, it was an unfortunate incident that happened, but I'm feeling good. I'm feeling a lot better and I'm just looking forward to getting back on the field with more of my guys."Best's touchdown to bring Cal to within 14-7 against Oregon State last week was the exclamation point on a furious, grinding down-field drive that Cal executed. What no one expected however, was what happened at the tail end of the final snap."I just tried to make a play and get in the end zone and then, unfortunately, a guy clipped me," Best said. "I lost my balance in the air and came down hard."Best, who was taken to the hospital right after the incident, said he has received tremendous support and love from everyone around the college football community."I'm been amazing, the amount of love and support I've been shown," Best said. "People came to visit me in the ER, I'm getting mail every day, I just got a lot of love. I want to say thank you to my family, my friends and all the fans around the world that have been showing me a lot of love."

Outside of Vereen, several other players on the offensive side of the ball came up big down the stretch as well.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones notched a career-high 5 catches for 65 yards.
Wide receiver Verran Tucker hauled in 3 balls for 58 yards, including a crucial catch in traffic down the stretch that set up Tavecchio's go-ahead field goal.
Running back Covaughn DeBoskie's only carry of the night was a big one, as the freshman scampered for a 12-yard gain deep into Arizona territory that gave Tavecchio the short kick.
Quarterback Kevin Riley, who didn't have his best game by any stretch, made two key throws in the fourth quarter to put his team in a position to win. Riley completed 13-of-22 passes for 181 yards and a score.
The Cal offensive line, while not great, made some crucial blocks - especially on Vereen's run - and gave Riley just enough time in the fourth quarter to make the necessary plays.
But, the most unsung hero of the evening was probably tight end Skylar Curran, who pulled in a very important 27-yard leaping touchdown in the end zone that put Cal up 15-10 in the third quarter. All in all, a satisfying effort for Tedford.

Jeff Tedford has now compiled a 66-33 (.667) record as Cal's head coach, ranking him fourth on the school's all-time win list with only one more victory needed to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf (67-32-4, 1947-56) for the most wins at Cal in the modern era and move into a tie for third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). Tedford is also only one game from becoming only the third coach in Cal history to coach 100 games for the Bears with Waldorf (103) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) the only two to have previously done so. Tedford now has a 40-26 (.606) mark against Pac-10 opponents.
• Today's win, the Bears' seventh of the year, clinched a winning season to tie a school record with eight consecutive winning seasons from 2002-09 (also accomplished 1918-25).
• Cal held the ball for 11:30 in the first quarter to mark the second-longest the Bears had possession in a quarter in 2009.
• Today's attendance of 53,347 marked the 37th game in a row of over 50,000 fans at Memorial Stadium over the past six seasons.
• Cal finished its 2009 home schedule with a 4-2 mark at Memorial Stadium, which was the Bears' eighth consecutive winning season at home.
• Cal has now won four of its last five games overall.
• Cal is now tied for fifth with USC in the updated Pac-10 standings (Oregon 6-1, Stanford 6-2, Oregon State 5-2, Arizona 4-2, Cal 4-3, USC 4-3, Arizona State 2-5, UCLA 2-5, Washington 2-5, Washington State 0-7).
• A total of 15 Cal players -- LB Tyson Alualu, DL Kevin Bemoll, LB Devin Bishop, WR Nyan Boateng, DB Jesse Brooks, TE Skylar Curran, DB Marcus Ezeff, FB Brian Holley, DB Brett Johnson, TE Tad Smith, OL Chet Teofilo, OL Mike Tepper, DB Syd'Quan Thompson, WR Verran Tucker and LB Eddie Young -- were honored in a pregame ceremony before suiting for the Golden Bears in a home game at Memorial Stadium for the final time in their collegiate career.

RB: LANGSTON JACKSON 6-1, 227 pounds, R-Fr. Jackson is one of the more compelling running backs on the roster because of his size and strength running between the tackles. Could Jackson be the short-yardage 'back Cal is searching for?

String of 1,000-Yard Rushers on the Line TB Jahvid Best's 1,580 yards rushing in 2008 ranked second all-time at Cal and marked the seventh consecutive season in which a Golden Bear running back has gained over 1,000 yards on the ground. Best is closing in on the 1,000-yard mark again in 2009 with a current nine-game total of 867 rushing yards, but is currently out of action and his timetable to return uncertain after suffering an injury against Oregon State on Nov. 7. TB Shane Vereen is more than halfway to the mark with 545 rushing yards but would need to average 155.0 yards per game over the final two regular season contests and a bowl to reach the mark. Cal is one of only three Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to have current seven-year streaks, along with Missouri and New Mexico. The Golden Bears are also only three from USC's record 10-year run of 1,000-yard rushers from 1972-81. TB Joe Igber started the current trend in 2002 when he became the first Cal player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in nine years.
Cal's 1,000-Yard Rushers Since 2002
Year - Player (Yards) 2008 - Jahvid Best (1,580) 2007 - Justin Forsett (1,546) 2006 - Marshawn Lynch (1,356) 2005 - Marshawn Lynch (1,246) 2004 - J.J. Arrington (2,018) 2003 - Adimchinobe Echemandu (1,195) 2002 - Joe Igber (1,130)