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Pepperdine Suffers Tough 89-87 Loss to Manhattan Tuesday Night

Jan. 2, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Getting close but falling just short has been a painful theme of the 2006-07 season for the Pepperdine men's basketball team. The Waves felt that pain once again on Tuesday as they fell 89-87 to Manhattan at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Pepperdine (4-12) had a chance to win the game at the end, but senior guard Chase Griffin's three-point basket came after the buzzer sounded and the Waves dropped their sixth game by five points or less and third by two points.

The loss overshadowed a career-high 25 points from Griffin as he led all scores. Junior guard Kinglsey Costain scored 19 points, while senior guards Marvin Lea and Gregg Barlow added 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Devon Austin scored 22 points and collected a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the Jaspers (4-8).

The game featured 12 lead changes with the final one coming with 1:06 remaining when Patrick Bouli hit a three-pointer to give Manhattan an 87-86 lead. Darryl Crawford's basket with :19 remaining gave the Jaspers an 89-86 lead that sealed the win.

Griffin made one of two free throws with :11 remaining to cut the deficit to 89-87.

The Waves were give one final chance to either tie or win the game after Austin missed two free throws with :03 remaining.

However, Griffin couldn't get his three-point shot off before the buzzer sounded and Pepperdine was left with another frustrating loss.

The Waves open West Coast Conference (WCC) play on Saturday when they travel to the Northwest to take on Portland at the Chiles Center beginning at 7 p.m.