CU Men Continue Opening Trip Against Pepperdine

The University of Colorado men's basketball team will continue its three game season-opening non-conference road trip when they travel to Malibu to take on Pepperdine Monday night. CU is riding the momentum of a season-opening 67-56 victory over Northwestern Friday night, the eighth consecutive regular season opening victory the program has notched dating back to the 1996 season. Here is a sneak peek at what to expect along the Pacific shore.

Michel Morandais scored 21 points and Colorado held the Wildcats to three baskets in the final 13 minutes Friday night to seal CU's first win of the season. 6-foot-6 senior Blair Wilson added 16 points and junior center David Harrison 10 for Colorado, which shot 42 percent on the game. Vedran Vukusic had 13 for Northwestern, after the Wildcats led at halftime, hitting better than 50 percent from the field in the first.

Pepperdine dropped its first decision of the year to Dayton 90-77 Friday night, despite 26 point efforts by junior guard Terrance Johnson and forward Glen McGowan, each of whom shot better than 50 percent from the field, including a combined 9-for-18 from beyond the three point line.

Pepperdine trailed by as many as 16 after missing 10 of its 11 field goal attempts late in the second half. A three-pointer by Johnson narrowed the gap to 65-61, before Dayton pulled away to seal the win, using a run during which Dayton dropped 18 of 20 free throws in the final two minutes.

Monday's game will be the first meeting between Pepperdine and CU since the first round of the 1999 NIT Tournament in Fort Collins, when Colorado edged out a 65-61 victory over the Wave.

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