Portland 73, Pepperdine 69
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Darren Cooper overcame a shaky ball-handling night with a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Portland to a 73-69 victory over Pepperdine on Saturday.
It was the Pilots’ third consecutive win over the Waves and it gave first-year Portland coach Eric Reveno a victory in his first West Coast Conference game.
Portland (5-12, 1-0) took the lead for good when Taishi Ito canned a three-pointer to give the Pilots a 50-48 advantage with 10:30 left in the game. That started a nine-point run that eventually pushed the Pilots’ lead to 56-48.
But the Waves (4-13, 0-1) cut their deficit to 60-58 after a pair of free throws by Gregg Barlow with five minutes left. When Pepperdine’s Kingsley Costain hit a three-pointer 90 seconds later, Portland’s lead was down to 64-63.
Portland then answered with two foul shots by Ben Sullivan and a three-point play by Cooper to push the Pilots’ lead to 69-63.
Down 71-68, Pepperdine had a chance to close the margin to one but the Waves’ Willie Galick missed a layup with 40 seconds left. That led to a Pepperdine foul and Sullivan hit both attempts to give the Pilots a 73-68 lead. The Waves then missed four shot attempts in the final 30 seconds to keep Portland’s lead intact.
Sullivan finished with 14 points while Sherrard Watson and Jamie Jones had 13 and 12, respectively. Chase Griffin led the Waves with 17 while Costain and Marvin Lea had 15 points each.
Costain tied a Chiles Center record by attempting 16 three-pointers. He made five of them. The Waves also set a Chiles Center record by attempting 40 three-pointers but made only 12.
The Pilots won despite committing 24 turnovers, seven by Cooper.