Pepperdine Beats BYU in second meeting 76-73

Pepperdine Waves #4 Colby Ross (G) getting foul driving to the basket. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

1/27/21 MALIBU, Ca - The Pepperdine Waves (6-7, WCC 2-2) shot poorly last Saturday on the road against the BYU Cougars (13-1, WCC 4-1) and lost 65-54, and were looking to redeem that loss at home in the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu against the Cougars.

Alex Barcello (G) leads the Cougars in scoring, averaging 15.1 ppg and Matt Haarms (F) 11.5 ppg. The Waves are led in scoring by Kessler Edwards (F) 18.1 ppg and Colby Ross (G) 16.3 ppg.

BYU led Pepperdine in the first half, 7-3, after a layup by Alex Barcello. Lorenzo Romar, the head coach for Pepperdine, called a timeout, and you could tell he wasn't happy about how they were playing. Colby Ross basket had the Waves trailing

The Waves were trailing 15-11, after a layup by Jan Zidek with 11:00 left in the first half. Ross would later make a pair of free-throws that had the Waves down 15-13 with 9:49 left in the first half. Pepperdine tied the game 15-15 after a basket by Sedrick Altman. BYU regain the lead 18-15 after a three-pointer by Caleb Lohner with 7:59 left in the first half.

The Cougars built a four-point lead 21-17 after a three-point shot by Spencer Johnson. The Waves trail the Cougars 29-22 after a layup by Matt Haarms with 4:12 left in the first half.

Pepperdine cut into BYU 33-28 lead with a three-pointer by Kessler Edwards. Edwards made a jump shot just before the buzzer went off that had the Waves trailing the Cougars 37-32 at halftime.

Edwards led Pepperdine in scoring, with 10-points, Ross with 9-points, and Altman Sedrick with 6-points. Caleb Lohner led BYU in scoring with 11-points, and Haarms and Barcello both with 6-points.

The Waves made 12 of 33 shots from the floor, 36.3 percent, and 1 of 8 from the three-point arc, 12.5 percent. The Cougars made 14 of 29 shots from the floor 48.3 percent, and 3 of 10 from the three-point arc, 30.0 percent.

BYU Cougars #20 Spencer Johnson (G) driving layup against Pepperdine. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

BYU scored first in the second half to lead 39-32 after a hard-fought battle for a rebound and a put-back basket by Kolby Lee. Edwards jump shot got the Waves on the scoreboard that made the score 44-35.

Spencer Johnson's driving layup gave the Cougars a seven-point lead, 46-39, with 15:21 left in the game. Kene Chukwuka three-pointer had Pepperdine down by two-points, 46-44.

The Waves tied the game 46-46 with a layup by Zidek. Pepperdine got their first lead of the second half, 50-48 after Ross was foul on his shot and made his free throw with 12:14 left in the game.

The Cougars took the lead back after Johnson was foul and made his free throw, made the score 55-52. The Wave regained the lead 58-57, after a basket by Altman with 8:53 left in the game.

That lead didn't last long after a pair of free throws by Barcello gave BYU a one-point lead, 60-59. The Cougars tied the game 61-61 after a reverse-layup by Richard Hardware.

Pepperdine led 67-66 after a layup by Zidek with 4:07 left in the game. Ross made two free throws that gave the Waves a three-point led 69-66. BYU was down by five-points, 71-66, after a layup by Edwards with 3:34 left in the game.

Pepperdine Waves #31 Jan Zidek (F) going to the basket strong. Photo by Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

Johnson tied the game 71-71 after his three-pointer went in with 2:03 left in the game. Zidek gave the Waves a 73-71. Harward layup for the Cougars tied the game 73-73 with 55 seconds left in the game.

Pepperdine led 74-73 after a free throw by Ross with 44 seconds left in the game. BYU missed a shot on the other end of the court, and Ross was foul and made two free throws to give Pepperdine a three-point lead 76-73.

Edwards had a chance to ice the game but missed a pair of free throws, and BYU called a timeout 0.3 left in the game. That would be the final score, 76-73, to avenge an earlier loss to the Cougars.

Pepperdine, one of the top free-throw shooting teams in the country, will have to credit their free-throw shooting for their victory today, made 17 of 22 shots from the line, 77.3 percent.

"We were able to make some big shots, and was able to get to the free-throw-line, Edwards said." In the last game we played, we didn't make those shots."

Ross led Pepperdine in scoring with 19-points, Edwards 18-points, Zidek 13-points, and Altman 11-points. Johnson led BYU in scoring with 15-points, Lohner 13-points, Barcello 12-points, and Harward 10-points.

"Our guys battle back in the second half, and we did a much better job of rebounding in the last minutes of the game, "Pepperdine head coach Lorenzo Romar said." "None was no bigger than Zidek fighting for a rebound and falling backward, made a basket that gave us a 73-71 lead, and clutch free-throws by Ross we were able to get the win."

The Waves have a big game in the WCC as they host the #1 team in the country Gonzaga, on Saturday at 5 PM, and the Cougars host the University of San Francisco. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #wcc #pepperdinembb #byumbb #pepperdinewaves #byucougars #spencerjohnson #colbyross #janzidek #tgsportstv1