San Francisco (9-13) at Pepperdine (10-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 5:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104) -- Malibu, California. Television: Comcast SportsNet California. Home Record: San Francisco 6-5, Pepperdine 5-5. Away Record: San Francisco 2-5, Pepperdine 4-6. Neutral Record: San Francisco 1-3, Pepperdine 1-0. Conference Record: San Francisco 2-7, Pepperdine 2-6. Series Record: San Francisco leads, 73-46.
GAME NOTES: The San Francisco Dons have yet another tough test ahead of them as they challenge the Pepperdine Waves in West Coast Conference action at Firestone Fieldhouse.
The Dons are coming off of consecutive losses to Gonzaga (66-52) and Saint Mary's (67-63), which are in first and second place in the WCC standings, respectively. The back-to-back setbacks dropped USF to a 9-13 overall record including its 2-7 performance in league play. Junior forward Cole Dickerson is one of the top interior players in the conference this season. He is pacing the team with 14.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest and has eight double- doubles to his credit. Cody Doolin is a solid point guard with 12.2 points and 5.5 assists to 2.8 turnovers per tilt, while De'End Parker chips in 12.0 ppg.
Pepperdine let a strong start go to waste as it allowed BYU to overcome a 12- point deficit and win the Thursday night thriller. The loss lowered the Waves one game below the .500 mark and to a dismal 2-6 WCC standing. Coach Marty Wilson's squad owns the fifth-best scoring defense mark in the WCC with just 65.5 points allowed per contest. The Waves played one great defensive half on Thursday, as BYU went 10-of-32 from the floor (31.3 percent) including 0-of-9 from 3-point range in the opening half. The Cougars eventually figured Pepperdine out and shot 53.6 percent from the field with a 6-of-7 clip from beyond the arc after the break. Stacy Davis and Nikolas Skouen scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss.
Dating back to the 1956-57 season, USF leads the all-time series with Pepperdine, 73-46. The Dons and Waves have split their last 10 meetings, including last year, when each team claimed lop-sided victories on their home courts.
In their close loss to Saint Mary's on Wednesday, Doolin netted 16 points for the Dons as they lost for the seventh time in nine games. Parker had 12 points, Avry Holmes chipped in 10 points, and Dickerson tallied nine points and 11 rebounds. Saint Mary's dominated the battle of the boards by a 44-22 margin, and although the Dons committed just nine turnovers, the Gaels took advantage with 18 points off of those miscues. San Francisco was trailing by 16 points with just over six minutes to play, but it used a 22-8 run to make it a two- point game in the closing seconds. It ended up running out of time as SMC iced the game at the charity stripe.
Lorne Jackson is one of few upperclassmen on the young Waves' roster. He has produced a team-best 14.0 ppg on 42.7 percent shooting, while Josh Baker, a 6- foot-4 sophomore, nets 11.8 points, 4.7 boards, and 3.2 assists per tilt. Davis, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound freshman forward, chimes in with 10.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per tilt to round out the team's double-digit scorers. The 16- point performance against BYU by Skouen was a season-high for the junior shooting guard.
Davis is showing promise in his rookie campaign for Pepperdine, but he will face another tough test in USF's Dickerson. BYU's Brandon Davies managed to compile 20 points and 12 rebounds against the Waves, there is a strong chance that Dickerson matches those numbers and leads the Dons to a road victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 69, Pepperdine 66
02/02 10:37:07 ET