Waves crush Hope International 118-76

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP)—After a month and a half away from home, the Pepperdine men’s basketball team Tuesday showed how happy it was to be back in Firestone Fieldhouse as the Waves crushed Hope International, an NAIA school, 118-76.

Due to differences between NCAA and NAIA rules, it was an official game for Pepperdine (6-10) while Hope International (1-9) considered it exhibition.

Pepperdine took a 68-26 lead at halftime and then only played its reserves in the second half. All 14 Pepperdine players scored in the game.

The Waves set season highs for points, points in a half (68), field goal percentage (.588), three-pointers (16), rebounds (54), rebound margin (+22) and assists (26).

Five Waves reached double-figures. Freshman guard Jon Reed scored a career-high 15 points, all on three-pointers, to lead the Waves. Freshman forward Daniel Johnson had 14 points and junior guard Ryan Holmes had a career-high 12 points on six-for-six shooting, and both players only appeared in the first half. Junior guard Mike Hornbuckle had 12 points and senior guard Tyler Carr added 10.

Hope International senior guard Aron Cline scored a game-high 19 points, and junior guard Ryan Sewitsky had 14 points.

The Waves were playing their first home game in 47 days after a stretch of 10 straight games on the road. This was only the third home game of the season for Pepperdine.

The 68 points in the first half was only four shy of the school record for points in a half, which occurred with 72 against Morehead State on Dec. 23, 1974. The Waves had three double-digit first-half runs of 13-0 (making it 24-4 with 14:25 left), 16-0 (making it 44-14 with 6:45 left) and 10-0 (making it 59-18 with 1:44 left).

The Waves took a 50-point lead on a dunk by senior center Jarrad Henry, making it 82-32 with 14 1/2 minutes left. The Royals then had their nicest offensive stretch, hitting five three-pointers in a 17-0 run.

Pepperdine surpassed the 100-point mark on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Vuk Vojinovic with 4:32 left. The Waves last broke the century mark last season against Northern Arizona in a 101-86 win. It was Pepperdine’s most points since setting the school record with 131 points against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 17, 1990.

Sixteen of the Royals’ 27 field goals were three-pointers. Hope shot 36 percent from the field and 40 percent on three-pointers.

Pepperdine opens up West Coast Conference play on Saturday with a home game against Portland. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by FSN Prime Ticket.

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