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  • An evening with Coach Westphal

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Members of BreakingWaves sat down with men's basketball head coach Paul Westphal on February 9. The conversation ranged from offensive strategy to recruiting to his future at the program. We talked about, in Coach's words, "The State of the Program, for everyone who cares." Following are the highlights from that conversation.

  • Olé! Waves spear Toreros, 83-67

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Glen McGowan, Yakhouba Diawara, and Alex Acker each scored over 20 points for Pepperdine, who overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat the University of San Diego in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.

  • Free throws, rebounding cost Pepperdine at UCLA

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Throughout history, there have been precious few basketball seasons in which Pepperdine could visit UCLA boasting a better record, favored by the oddsmakers, and expecting to win. <p><p> This was one of those years. <p><p> But at the final buzzer, this game ended the way 14 of the previous 18 matchups had: with the dejected Waves watching the Bruins celebrate a victory.

  • Waves Dispose of Rebels, win 7th Straight

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Two former NBA coaches reunited on the Firestone Fieldhouse floor Wednesday night at Lon Kruger's UNLV team visited Paul Westphal's Pepperdine. <p><p> Westphal, the former Phoenix Suns and Seattle SuperSonics head man, got the upper hand on this night. Glen McGowan dominated both ends of the floor as Pepperdine defeated UNLV, 86-78.

  • Plenty to be thankful for

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Surviving one of the nastier season-opening schedules it's faced in many years, Pepperdine entered Saturday night's home opener with a 3-1 record despite flying over 5,000 miles for their first four games. Still, one blowout loss and three shaky wins left the Waves feeling they had something to prove to doubters. <p><p> After Saturday's performance, any lingering doubts were destroyed as convincingly as #17 Wisconsin was, as the Badgers fell, 75-61.

  • 49ers can't strike gold, fall 82-78

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    The bad news: for the fourth time in as many games, Pepperdine allowed an opponent to stage a major run that cost them a significant second-half lead. <p><p> The good news: for the third time in those four games, they hung on for a victory. <p><p> The best news: the Waves' brutal season-opening road trip is over.

  • Waves tune up for opener

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    In two exhibition games against lower-division collegiate teams, Pepperdine fans got a glimpse of a 2004-05 team that boasts greater size, greater commitment to defense and greater opportunity for a successful season.

  • Pilots Crash in Malibu

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Glen McGowan's 24 points and Alex Acker's 21 offset a career-high 33 from Portland's Pooh Jeter Saturday night in the Waves' 97-88 win that snapped an ugly five-game slide and evened their conference record at 1-1. <p><p> Acker pulled down eight rebounds and blocked five shots, and Derick Grubb registered his first career double-double, as the Waves offered a glimpse of what this season was supposed to look like.

  • Zags Roll in WCC opener, 87-70

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    In a game that typefied two teams moving in opposite directions, Gonzaga rolled past Pepperdine Thursday night in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. <p><p> Corey Violette scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Blake Stepp added 19 points for the 17th-ranked Zags.

  • Pep Finally Wins a Close One, 81-80

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Glen McGowan scored 24 points on a nearly perfect 9-10 shooting, including the game-winning dunk with 2.8 seconds remaining, as Pepperdine overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to defeat Bradley Saturday afternoon. <p><p> It wasn't pretty early on, but McGowan made sure it was a masterpiece late.

  • Waves' Hearts Broken Again in Double OT

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    It's difficult to imagine a more evenly matched game. <p><p> Tied at halftime, at the end of regulation, and at the end of the first overtime, Pepperdine and UC Irvine battled to a stalemate for 49 minutes Thursday night. A controversial finish to regulation, a frantic end of the second overtime, and some questionable decision-making by all parties culminated in a thrilling but devastating 85-83 loss for the hard-luck Waves.

  • Lipscomb No Match for Pep, 95-74

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Glen McGowan scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as a balanced Pepperdine team overcame 30 points from Lipscomb's James Poindexter and three technical fouls on Coach Paul Westphal to register its first relatively easy victory of the season in Nashville, TN.

  • Back in the Win Column

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Glen McGowan led all scorers with 21 points, and Pepperdine outrebounded an opponent for the first time all season, as the Waves pulled away for an 87-73 win over Long Beach State. <p><p> Closing out a week in which they had lost three games by nine total points, Pepperdine found its stride again in defeating a team that has been struggling even more.

  • Waves Foiled Again at Thunderdome, 65-62

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Casey Cook's three-pointer with 0.5 seconds remaining lifted UC Santa Barbara to a victory over Pepperdine Wednesday night. The loss dropped the Waves to 1-4, including two straight losses to Big West schools this week.

  • Season Turns Sour vs. Fullerton, 78-74

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Following heartbreaking losses to two of the nation's better teams, the Waves were looking to right the ship agains perennial bottom-feeder Cal State Fullerton Monday night. <p><p> Instead, that ship went far, far astray, as the previously winless Titans pulled a remarkable upset.

  • Davis Slays Goliath

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    The record will show that the Pepperdine Waves defeated the Colorado Buffaloes, 94-77, on Monday night. But to those in attendance, it will be remembered as a titanic battle of wills between tiny Shaun Davis and Colorado giant David Harrison. <p><p> The Waves' slingshot found its mark, as Davis managed to dominate the tempo on both ends of the floor and lead his team to its first victory of the season.

  • Flyers Soar Past Waves in Opener, 90-77

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Pepperdine and Dayton, two of the most successful yet unheralded programs in the country the past several seasons, initiated a new cross-country rivalry Friday night in the season opener for both teams. <p><p> The hard-fought game was never out of reach for the Waves, but it was the first 12 minutes of the game that proved the difference on this night as Pepperdine never tasted the lead.

  • Pepperdine Waves Season Preview

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Whom do you guard? <p><p> That's the toughest question facing opposing coaches preparing for the Waves this season – a season in which it could be argued that Pepperdine fields its best and deepest team ever.

  • Dayton Flyers Season Preview

    Matt Schwade | Scout Pepperdine

    The Dayton Flyers finished the 2002-03 season on a sour note last spring. The highest seeded team in school history at fourth in the Midwest Region, the Flyers were upset by the 13th-seeded Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Following the loss, their head coach Oliver Purnell packed his belongings without a real warning and moved to Clemson, SC, to try his luck in the ACC.

  • Pepperdine Runs Away Late, 98-84

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Robert Turner had a career game with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Waves had a difficult time putting away a pretty good German Ratiopharm team Thursday night, but used their depth to go on a huge second-half run to take control of the game in the final ten minutes.

  • Waves Get In the Game, 107-77

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    During pregame warmups and introductions, EA Sports' All-Stars created quite a buzz among the crowd of 456 at Firestone Fieldhouse. 1995 NCAA champion Ed O'Bannon and fellow UCLA alumni Matt Barnes and Ray Young highlighted a team of recognizable former college standouts who certainly looked like a formidable exhibition opponent for Pepperdine. <p><p> It didn't take long for the Waves to put them in their place.

  • First practice report

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Here's a quick preliminary evaluation of each player, in alphabetical order. For the new players, a comparison to a familiar player is included.

  • New look for the Fieldhouse

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Firestone Fieldhouse has already undergone its facelift in an effort to incorporate the Athletic Departement's new logo initiative. Here's what the new floor looks like. <p> It is unclear when Athletics will retape the floor with the new trapezoidal lane. <p> Thanks to regular message board poster "edge" for the image.

  • Lady Waves Win WCC Crown

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Ending an improbably successful season the right way, Pepperdine's women's basketball team polished off Santa Clara, 69-57, to win the West Coast Conference tournament and earn an automatic berth to the NCAA's for the second consecutive year.

  • Waves Fall as Gaels Advance to Semis, 75-71

    Henry Price | Scout Pepperdine

    Pepperdine seniors Jimmy Miggins, Mike Westphal, Boomer Brazzle, and Dustin Johnson did not want to go out in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament. Miggins and Westphal, especially, fought valiantly and made multiple clutch shots, but were unable to overcome a spirited St. Mary's team in the end.