Thomas scores 21 to lead Pepperdine to 83-65 win over Pacific
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—Freshman Malcolm Thomas had a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Pepperdine past Pacific 83-65 on Saturday night, avenging an earlier loss this season to the Tigers.
Thomas had three consecutive transition dunks in the span of one minute to push the Waves to their biggest lead at 75-54 with 4:30 remaining to play. Pepperdine shot 55 percent from the field while outscoring Pacific 49-29 in the second half.
Tyrone Shelley had 20 points, Mychel Thompson scored 11 and Rico Tucker had 10 points and seven assists for Pepperdine (5-6), which lost to Pacific 84-78 on Nov. 12 at the World Vision Invitational in Oregon.
Bryan LeDuc came off the bench to score 14 points for Pacific (6-3), which got 13 points from Sam Willard, 12 from Steffan Johnson and 11 from C.J. Morgan.
Pacific led 42-40 early in the second half before Pepperdine assumed command with a 17-5 run over the next nine minutes.
The Waves built a seven-point lead three times in the first half and went ahead 32-21 on a transition dunk by Thomas with four minutes remaining before halftime.
But the Tigers roared back with a 12-0 run over the next two minutes, then took a 36-34 lead at the break on a 3-pointer by Johnson.
Thomas began the second half with back-to-back inside baskets, setting the tone as Pepperdine went on to score the most points allowed by Pacific in a game this season.