David Harrison seemed in many ways Colorado's only bright spot in the unexpected loss, but his 30-points, eight rebounds and six blocks were not enough to lift the Buffaloes over Pepperdine, which took advantage of a CU shooting slump late in the opening half to pull within one at halftime. CU's first half lead was at one point as high as eight.
"We did a good job of getting the ball into David, but I thought we should have been more patient," head coach Ricardo Patton said. "I didn't think we got much production out of the bench tonight. We had some guys that played okay, but it wasn't the same as the other night at Northwestern. We need to get Blair (Wilson) and Michel (Morandais) some rest and have some guys who can come in and score."
Pepperdine wasted no time in jumping on the lead in the first minute of the second half, as a jumper by Glen McGowan established the rhythm for what would be a frustrating second half for CU, which would not see another reasonable shot at victory from that point on. A Shaun Davis 3-pointer midway through the second half was equally important for the Waves' momentum, giving Pepperdine a 67-57 lead, and a subsequent Pinegar tre increased the margin to an eventually insurmountable 80-65 lead with 5:36 remaining.
CU didn't post the offensive numbers that would correspond with a typical 17-point loss. The Buffs posted a notable .464 field goal percentage but a below average, and typical, 10-22 mark from the free throw line. Eventually, though, Colorado was done in by the sheer number of field goals Pepperdine was able to hit Monday night. CU was simply unable to keep up with the Waves' .423 three-point mark and .656 percentage from the free throw line.
Colorado is now the only team in the Big 12 conference with a loss early in the season, and its' 80.5 points per game is the lowest among the 10 teams in the conference which have seen action.
The Buffs return to action on Wednesday night with an 8 p.m. tip at Cal-Poly to finish off its season-opening three-game nonconference road trip.