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Red-hot Pepperdine downs Denver in Shootout

Brett Olson, of the Denver Pioneers, and Malcolm Brooks, of the Pepperdine Waves, try to control the rebound. The Pepperdine Waves defeated the Denver Pioneers 68-56 in a second round basketball game of the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at the Sullivan Arena on Friday, November 29, 2013.
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BOB HALLINEN /Anchorage Daily News Jeremy Major, of the Pepperdine Waves, pulls the loose ball away from Nate Engesser and Jalen Love of the Denver Pioneers, in a second round basketball game of the 2013 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at the Sullivan Arena on Friday, November 29, 2013. 131129
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Pepperdine made some waves Friday at the Shootout.

Actually, the Waves made some shots. And missed very few.

Pepperdine set a Shootout record by hitting 71.4 percent of its shots in a 68-56 consolation-round victory over Denver.

The red-hot Waves netted 25 of 35 shots to break the old record of 69.8 (37 of 53) set in 1986 by an Iowa team led by Ray Marble. Iowa set the mark in a 103-80 championship-game win over Northeastern.

Pepperdine's Stacy Davis, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound sophomore, redeemed himself from a subpar game the day before by burying 8 of 9 field goals for 22 points.

Pepperdine hit 15 of 21 in the first half to race to a 38-15 halftime lead. It connected on 10 of 14 in the second half.

The Pioneers hit 27.3 percent of their first-half shots and 33.9 percent for the game.

Brendan Lane added 12 points for the Waves, who survived 15 turnovers.

Jalen Love's 20 points and Cam Griffin's eight points and nine rebounds led Denver.

Pepperdine (5-2) advanced to the fourth-place game against Indiana State. Denver (0-4) takes on UAA in the seventh-place game.

PEPPERDINE (68) -- Major 3-5 0-0 6, Davis 8-9 6-8 22, Brooks 3-5 0-0 8, Lane 3-6 6-8 12, Kramer 3-3 0-0 6, Jesperson 1-2 0-0 2, Mills 2-2 1-4 5, Murray 0-0 0-0 0, Skouen 2-3 2-2 7. Totals 25-35 15-22 68.

DENVER (56) -- Love 6-11 4-6 20, Olson 4-13 0-0 10, Bernstine 1-6 0-0 2, Engesser 2-4 0-0 5, Udofia 3-10 2-2 8, Rucker 1-2 0-0 3, Samac 0-3 0-0 0, Griffin 2-6 4-6 8, Byrd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 10-14 56.

Pepperdine 38 30 -- 68

Denver 15 41 -- 56

3-point goals -- Pepperdine 3-7 (Davis 0-1, Brooks 2-3, Jesperson 0-1, Skouen 1-2), Denver 8-23 (Love 4-7, Olson 2-7, Bernstine 0-1 Engesser 1-2, Udofia 0-1, Rucker 1-2, Samac 0-1, Griffin 0-1, Byrd 0-1). Rebounds -- Pepperdine 26 (Lane 5), Denver 27 (Griffin 9). Total fouls -- Pepperdine 13, Denver 20. Fouled out -- Love. Assists -- Pepperdine 16 (Major 7), Denver 13 (Olson 4). Turnovers -- Pepperdine 15 (Davis 5), Denver 10 (Griffin 3). Blocks -- Pepperdine 2, Denver 1. Steals -- Pepperdine 4, Denver 9 (Love 3). Officials -- Zakarian, McNew, Lujan.

 


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