The Pepperdine Waves defeated the San Diego Toreros by a score of 75-64 on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse. Malcolm Brooks led Pepperdine with 20 points and Brendan Lane came up big with 18 points on 8/10 shooting. Jeremy Major scored 13 points for the Waves while Stacy Davis struggled, scoring only 11 points on 3/13 shooting. Davis did however grab 10 rebounds to record his 3rd double-double of the season.
Johnny Dee led the Toreros with 26 points on 10/19 shooting while Dennis Kramer had 13 points on 6/10 shooting. Duda Sandaze and Christopher Anderson both struggle for USD, going 4/12 and 2/9 from the field respectively.
REVISITNG KEYS TO THE GAME
✓ - Attack the interior: While Stacy Davis did not play his best game, he still managed 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and the Waves wen
✓ – Johnny Dee for three: Dee was 4/6 from beyond the arc and was the main reason the Toreros were even able to keep up with the balanced Wave offensive attack.
X – Kramer must match Lane’s production: While Dennis Kramer had a nice game with 13 points, he gave up 18 points to Lane, and they both took the same number of shot attempts.
STAT(S) OF THE NIGHT
Pepperdine: Five different players had at least 3 assists. Stacy Davis and Amadi Udenyi had 5 each, Jeremy Major had 4, and Atif Russell and Malcolm Brooks had 3 each. Peppedine had 20 assists on 27 field goals, while San Diego had only 9 assists on 23 made field goals.
San Diego: 2 total bench points for the Toreros. This bench could really use Mike Davis to return from injury. They are getting nothing from Brett Bailey, Simi Fajemisin, Thomas Jacobs, and former Gonzaga player Chris Sarbaugh.
For Pepperdine, all of the pieces are starting to come together. They have four legitimate scorers, and got key contributions from Amadi Udenyi returning from injury and Atif Russell. Look for them to challenge a BYU team that cannot seem to stop anyone.
For San Diego, the Toreros need more help for Johnny Dee. Kramer has played well, but they need Duda Sandaze and Christopher Anderson to shoot well and the bench to step up in order to win more games in the West Coast Conference.