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Pepperdine Takes Down Colorado, 78-72

Dec. 4, 2006

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Senior guard Chase Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds and fellow senior Marvin Lea scored all of his 17 points in the second half to lead Pepperdine to a 78-72 victory over Colorado Monday night at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colo.

Lea scored nine of his points from the free throw line as Pepperdine (2-6) ended a four-game losing streak. Sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas scored 15 points on five 3-pointers and junior guard Kingsley Costain also scored 15.

Richard Roby had a season-high 32 points for Colorado (3-5), while Xavier Silas had 19 points and Dominique Coleman had his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Costain gave Pepperdine its first lead, 41-38, with a 3-pointer three minutes into the second half and moments later 3-pointers by Costain and Gregg Barlow extended it to 47-41.

Colorado, which had only Roby's 3-pointer and six field goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half, was behind 59-51 when Roby's two free throws began an 11-4 run that cut it to 63-62 with 5:24 remaining.

But the Buffaloes failed to score on their next five possessions and Chase Griffin's 3-pointer keyed a mini 5-0 run to make it 69-62. Roby closed the gap to 74-69 with a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left. Costain and Lea sealed the game with two free throws each.

Roby had five points before Pepperdine attempted a shot and the Buffaloes had a 25-17 lead after Coleman's 3-pointer with 12:14. Two 3-pointers by Pranciliauskas got Pepperdine to within 25-23 with 10:58 left, but Pepperdine connected on only 3-of-17 shots the rest of the half and trailed 35-31 at halftime.

The Waves connected on 52.0 percent (13 of 25) of their shots from the field in the second half, including 58.3 percent (7 of 12) from behind the three-point arc.

Pepperdine's second-half run also was aided by a strong defensive effort that forced 13 turnovers in the final period. The Waves forced 21 for the game.

Pepperdine returns to action on Thursday when it faces Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid beginning at 7 p.m.