Pepperdine (3-2) at Montana State (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, November 29, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Worthington Arena (7,250) -- Bozeman, Montana. Television: None. Home Record: Pepperdine 2-0, MSU 1-0. Away Record: Pepperdine 1-2, MSU 0-3. Neutral Record: Pepperdine 0-0, MSU 0-0. Conference Record: Pepperdine 0-0, MSU 0-0. Series Record: Series tied, 3-3.
GAME NOTES: The Pepperdine Waves try to run their win streak to four in a row on Thursday as they meet up with the Montana State Bobcats in non-conference action at Worthington Arena.
Since starting off the new season with back-to-back defeats against Cal State Northridge and California on the road, Pepperdine has bounced back in a big way. Over the weekend the team delivered a convincing 72-62 win over UC Irvine at home, after having to go to overtime to capture victories over Washington State and Houston Baptist.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats have just one win in four opportunities thus far, but the good news is that it came at home against Portland (83-64) 11 days ago. Since that lone victory the Bobcats have been dealt losses by Air Force and Oregon State.
With a lopsided 59-36 win in the most recent matchup between the teams, Pepperdine managed to knot the all-time series at three games apiece.
The Waves rolled out to an early lead against Irvine in the most recent outing and never looked back, the hosts shooting 26-of-36 at the free-throw line in order to overcome 17 turnovers. By way of comparison, the Anteaters converted just 7-of-12 at the charity stripe. Lorne Jackson assumed the lead in the scoring department with 28 points, while Stacy Davis and Jordan Baker responded with 12 and 11 points, respectively, the latter adding seven rebounds and five assists. As the player with the most experience on the team who owns a career scoring average of 9.8 ppg, Jackson has come alive in the early part of 2012-13 with 17.2 ppg thanks in large part to his 27-of-32 (.844) accuracy at the charity stripe. Unfortunately, the team overall is shooting just 64.6 percent at the line entering play this week.
Montana State opened the meeting with the Beavers on a 6-0 run, but that advantage didn't last long as OSU moved out to a 14-point lead at the break and cruised to the 13-point victory at Gill Coliseum. Trying to keep the Bobcats in the mix were Antonio Biglow with 14 points, Flavien Davis with 12 and nine boards, as well as Xavier Blount who tacked on 10 points, but he shot just 2-of-10 from the floor for a group that was only 30.0 percent accurate from the field in the setback. Biglow, the leading scorer in all but one game thus far for the Bobcats, paces the program overall with his 16.0 ppg, although he could stand to practice a bit more at the free-throw line where he is just 57.1 percent accurate. Davis (13.5 ppg) is another one who can't seem to settle in at the free-throw line, making just 52.2 percent of his chances.
The Bobcats need more than just playing at home in front of a friendly crowd to get them into the win column these days, what they need is more focus at the charity stripe.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Pepperdine 67, Montana State 63
11/29 10:37:22 ET