Nov. 22, 2007
Pepperdine - 92
Long Beach State - 81
MALIBU, Calif. - Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley scored 25 points and freshman forward Malcolm Thomas added 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pepperdine men's basketball team to its first win of the season, 92-81 in overtime, over Long Beach State at Firestone Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening.
Though the 49ers (1-3) sent the game into overtime with a near-halfcourt heave by Maurice Clady at the buzzer, the Waves (1-4) responded in overtime by scoring the first five points and outscored Long Beach State 17-6 in the extra period.
Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) added nine rebounds and four steals. Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) recorded his third double-double of the season and also had three blocks. Freshman guard Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) added a season-high 14 points and made 4 of 5 three-pointers, all of which came after halftime.
Long Beach State, which led by as many as 10 points in the first half, was led by Greg Plater's 21 points and six assists.
Pepperdine freshman guard Jon Reed (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Peninsula HS) hit one of his three three-pointers with two seconds left in the first half to cut Long Beach State's lead to 36-31 at the break.
The 49ers' lead got back up to as many as nine points early in the second half, but a 15-6 run over about four minutes erased an eight-point deficit and gave the Waves their first lead of the half at 57-56 with 8:31 to play. Thompson hit three three-pointers during the spurt and a Thomas three-point play gave the Waves the lead.
The lead went back and forth a few times, though another three-point play by Thomas put the Waves up 69-68 with 3:12 to play. The Waves led 73-72 with under 12 seconds to play, but left the door open by making just two of four free throws, which set up Clady's buzzer-beater.
Overtime belonged to the Waves, however, as Thompson opened the scoring with his fourth three-pointer, and Shelley followed with a steal and a dunk to make it 80-75. With Pepperdine holding an 84-80 lead and the shot clock running down, Shelley nailed a three-pointer to put the game out of reach at 87-80 with 1:04 left.
The Waves outrebounded an opponent for the first time this season (44-41). The Waves had a big edge at the foul line, as they made 75% (24-for-32) compared to 57.7% (15-for-26) for the 49ers. Four Long Beach State players fouled out.
Freshmen continued to lead the way for Pepperdine, scoring 79 of 92 points (85.9%).
Pepperdine avoided what could have been its first 0-5 start since the 1972-73 season. Pepperdine has won nine of the last 10 meetings with Long Beach State.
The Waves play their next 10 games on the road (the longest such stretch in school history), beginning with a game at Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday (Nov. 25) at 2 p.m. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.