Edwards scores 37-points to help Pepperdine beat Pacific 85-68

Pepperdine Waves #15 Kessler Edawrds (F) gliding to the basket for a layup. Photo by Nick Koza/T.G.Sportstv1.

1/21/21 MALIBU, Ca - The Pepperdine Waves (5-6, WCC 1-1) got their first win in the West Coast Conference after beating the Portland Pilots 80-65 last Saturday, had to deal with the visiting Pacific Tigers (5-1, WCC 2-0), and got their second conference win 85-68.

Edwards leads Pepperdine in scoring with 17.3 ppg, and Colby Ross (G) 16.7 ppg. Pacific are led in scoring by Daniss Jenkins (G), averaging 15.8 ppg, followed by Jeremiah Bailey (F), averaging 12.8 ppg.

Pepperdine came out the gate to take a 9-3 lead after three free-throws by Edward after being fouled behind the three-point line. The Waves led 16-5 after a three-pointer by Edwards.

The Waves went on a 5-0 run capped off by Kene Chukwuka's three-point shot, now led 21-5 with 13:22 left in the first half. The Tigers were scoreless for over five minutes.

Pacific was held scoreless again for over five minutes before scoring, after Jalen Brown's three-point shot that made the score 23-8. The Waves went on another run, 8-0, increasing their lead to 29-8 after a three-pointer by Jan Zidek with 7:32 left in the first half.

Pacific Tigers #3 Pierre Crockrell II looking over Pepperdine defense. Photo by Nick Koza/T.G.Sportstv1.

Pepperdine led 34-10 after a jump shot by Darry Polk Jr. The Waves defense smothered the Tigers offense and closed out the first half leading by twenty-four points, 44-20. Edwards had a great first half with 18-points 3 of 4 from the three-point line, Jade' Smith 9-points, and Chukwuka 7 points.

"Coach Romar stress in practice about playing hard and team defense will win games," Kessler Edwards said. "We came out ready to play and focus."

Pacific made only 6 of 20 shots from the floor, 30.0 percent, and Pepperdine 16 of 34 shots from the floor, 47.1 percent. The Tigers committed 12 turnovers, and the Waves 6 turnovers.

The Waves led 50-24 in the second half after a dunk by Edwards. The Tigers trail 55-28 after a layup by Jonathan Salazar with 15:10 left in the game.

Pepperdine led by thirty-points 58-28 after a three-pointer by Edwards. Pacific's Jahbril Price- Noel three-pointer made the score 61-34 with 12:13. Stoudamire called another timeout after trailing 70-36.

Pepperdine Waves #15 Kessler Edwards reverse layup. Photo by Nick Koza/T.G.Sportstv1.

The Waves didn't take their feet off the gas padel, continue to bomb the Tigers from the three-point line after another three-pointer by Polk Jr. with 7:49 left in the game.

The Tigers were still fighting as they trail 82-54 after a layup by Jordan Bell. Pacific went on a 7-3 run, and after Jeremiah Bailey layup, made the score 85-61. Pierre Crockwell II layup had the Tigers trailing 85-68, and that would be the final score of the game.

"We had two good days of practice to get ready for this game, and which helped us to come out the gate and dominate the first half, and we played a solid game until the last eight minutes, I wasn't happy about that, Pepperdine head coach Lorenzo Romar said."

Edwards led all scorers with 37-points and went over the 1000th points of his career at Pepperdine, and Polk Jr. 11-points. Pierre Crockrell II had 19-points for Pacific and Price-Noel 15.

The Waves made 7 of 13 shots from the three-point arc in the first half, 53.8 percent, and in the second half, made 5 of 11 from the three-point arc, 45.5 percent. The Tigers shot poorly from the three-point arc in the first half, 3 of 11 27.3 percent, and in the second half, 3 of 10, 30.0 percent.

Pepperdine's next game will be this Saturday at BYU, and Pacific will travel to take on the #1 team in the country, Gonzaga. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #pepperdinembb #wavesmbb #pacifictigersmbb #wcc #kessleredwards #pierrecrockrell #ncca #tgsportstv1