Nov. 7, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Junior guard Kingsley Costain scored a team-high 23 points to lead a group of five players in doubles figures as the Pepperdine men's basketball team closed out its two-game exhibition schedule with a 103-91 victory over Fresno Pacific Tuesday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The contest marked the Waves' final tune-up before they open their 2006-07 regular season against No. 16 Washington in an opening-round game of the Basketball Travelers Classic in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The contest will be televised live throughout Southern California on FSN Prime Ticket.
In Tuesday's win over Fresno Pacific, Pepperdine appeared to be more comfortable in first-year head coach Vance Walberg's up-tempo system than it was against Cal Baptist last week. The Waves used a 10-0 run at the end of the first half to build a 49-39 halftime lead and never trailed the remainder of the game.
Pepperdine led by as many as 16 points in the second half following a three-pointer by senior guard Marvin Lea that gave the Waves a 70-54 lead with 13:30 remaining.
Lea, along with senior guard Chase Griffin, finished with 18 points and was joined in double figures by sophomore forward Willie Galick (12) and sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas, who scored 10 points in 18 minutes before fouling out midway through the second half.
Pepperdine shot 50 percent (35 of 70) from the field, including 33.3 percent (12 of 31) from behind the three-point arc. The Waves also held a 37-32 rebounding advantage and forced 22 turnovers while committing 19.
Forward Adrian Sanchez led Fresno Pacific with a game-high 35 points, on 12 of 21 shooting, including nine of 16 from three-point range.
In its two exhibition games, Pepperdine averaged 106.5 points a contest and connected on 48.3 percent of its 151 field goal attempts (73 of 151). Despite being out-rebounded by an average of 4.5 a game, the Waves had a plus-3.5 advantage in the turnover category.
Junior guard Kingsley Costain