Oklahoma St. 69, Pepperdine 49
MALIBU, Calif. (AP)—Torre Johnson career highs of 20 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma State cruised to a 69-49 victory over Pepperdine Wednesday night.
Johnson, a junior reserve whose previous career highs were 17 points and seven rebounds, went 10-for-14 from the field.
Mario Boggan and Jamaal Brown each added 11 points for the Cowboys (10-4), who held Pepperdine to a season-low 27.1 percent (13 of 48) shooting percentage.
The Waves (4-8) were particularly futile in the first half, making just four of 22 shots (18.2 percent) on the way to a 37-16 halftime deficit.
Michael Gerrity led Pepperdine with 13 points.
The Waves showed signs of life early in the second half, going on a 6-0 run to get to within 17, 39-22, but a quick time-out by Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton, who was coaching his 500th game at the school, halted the momentum.
Johnson made consecutive baskets after the time-out, and the Cowboys did not allow the Waves to get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
After both teams started slow—the Cowboys making two of their first 12 shots and the Waves two of their first nine—both teams went to their benches, but only Sutton got positive results.
With Johnson leading the way, the Cowboy bench outscored the Pepperdine reserves 19-7 in the first half and 43-14 for the game.
Consecutive baskets by Jameson Curry gave Oklahoma State its first lead, 6-5, and triggered a 13-0 run that eventually stretched to 34-10 by halftime as the Waves made just two field goals in the last 17 minutes.