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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 27, 10 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104) -- Malibu, California. Television: TheW.TV. Home Record: San Francisco 13-5, Pepperdine 8-4. Away Record: San Francisco 5-5, Pepperdine 6-7. Neutral Record: San Francisco 0-0, Pepperdine 1-2. Conference Record: San Francisco 11-5, Pepperdine 8-8. Series Record: San Francisco leads, 72-50.
GAME NOTES: The San Francisco Dons have won three straight games, and will look to improve on that streak as they travel to face the Pepperdine Waves in a West Coast Conference clash at Firestone Fieldhouse.
San Francisco is 11-5 in the West Coast Conference this season, and has just two games left on the docket. The Dons have fared well recently against conference competition, winning three in a row and four of their last five games, including a 64-59 defeat of Pacific on Saturday.
Pepperdine had lost three games in a row before a 72-69 win over Loyola Marymount last Thursday put a stop to the skid. The Waves are 8-8 in conference action this season with two games remaining on the regular season slate.
San Francisco has a pretty firm grip on the all-time series with Pepperdine, 72-50. The Dons beat the Waves earlier this season, 76-66, and have won six of the seven previous matchups with Pepperdine.
San Francisco fought to a 12-point advantage at the end of the first half against Pacific on Saturday. The Tigers managed to battle back in the second half and shave seven points off the Dons' first-half lead, but came up short in the end by five points. Avry Holmes scored a team-high 15 points with five assists in the win for San Francisco, while Cole Dickerson notched a double- double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Mark Tollefsen chipped in 11 points for the Dons, who shot 47.8 percent from the floor.
Dickerson has put together a solid season for himself, leading the Dons in scoring with 14.4 ppg, and in rebounding at 7.5 rpg. Kruize Pinkins chips in 12.7 ppg, and Holmes adds 11.9 ppg. Matt Glover leads San Francisco in assists on the year with 91 total, followed closely by Holmes' 82. Tollefsen rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.5 ppg.
Pepperdine got a significant contribution from Stacy Davis in the contest with Loyola Marymount, in which the Waves had to fight off a late Lions rally that fell just short. Davis had a huge game with 27 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double. He connected on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor, and added two blocked shots, two assists and a steal to his stat line. Malcolm Brooks contributed 15 points and Malte Kramer scored 12 off the bench.
Davis has really come on strong for the Waves this season, especially in recent weeks with several huge performances. Davis leads the team with a 15.1 ppg average, hitting 47.5 percent of his shot attempts from the floor. His 7.6 rpg mark is tied for the team lead with Brendan Lane. Lane is second on Pepperdine's roster in scoring with 13.6 ppg, and Brooks is third at 10.2 ppg. Jeremy Major tops the squad with 125 assists and 37 steals.
San Francisco got the best of Pepperdine the last time out, and has really dominated the series in its recent history. Since they'll be making a push in the last few weeks for a top seed in the West Coast Conference, the Dons will be gunning for the finish line.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 76, Pepperdine 67
02/27 10:53:58 ET
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