San Diego 95, Pepperdine 82
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Ross DeRogatis had 22 points, including five 3-pointers and San Diego beat Pepperdine 95-82 Friday evening to advance in the first round of West Coast Conference Tournament.
Marvin Lea had 17 points, seven rebound and four steals for the eighth-seed Waves (8-23). Gregg Barlow, Willie Galick and Chase Griffin each added 12.
Gyno Pomare 20 points and seven rebounds for the fifth-seeded Toreros, who move on to face fourth seed San Francisco on Saturday. Nir Cohen added 19 points and Brandon Johnson had 11 rebounds.
The Toreros (17-13) entered the game off a 74-64 loss to Gonzaga in the regular-season conference finale.
DeRogatis, the Toreros’ leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, hit three 3-pointers and had three steals in the first half. San Diego, which shot 58.1 percent for the game, led by as many 16 before halftime, but the Waves put together a 13-2 run going into the break and trailed 48-41.
San Diego went up 62-50 with 14 minutes left after a three-point play from Cohen and a 3-pointer by DeRogatis. The Waves hung around—Lea scored at 8:35 to cut the lead to 72-65—but Ray Murdock hit a 3-pointer and De’Jon Jackson muscled up a layup for the Toreros.
Another 3 from Murdock extended the lead to 12. Pomare’s turnaround jumper at 3:55 sent the Waves into a timeout and essentially put the game away.
Pepperdine is rebuilding under first-year coach Vance Walberg after posting a second-straight 20-loss season. The Waves won just four conference games this season, but are coming off an 88-82 overtime upset of Santa Clara.
Walberg came to Pepperdine after a 133-11 run with Fresno City College.
Pomare, an all-WCC first teamer, is second on the team in scoring and the top rebounder in the conference at 8.1.
Murdock had 13 points.
The tournament is being held at the Chiles Center on the campus of University of Portland.