Simpson, Samhan lead Saint Mary’s by Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Diamon Simpson had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Omar Samhan had 14 points to lead Saint Mary’s past Pepperdine 62-49 on Thursday.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Gaels (23-5, 8-5 West Coast Conference), who won their fourth straight game and 11 of the last 12 meetings against Pepperdine.
Mychel Thompson had 15 points and Lorne Jackson 10 for the Waves (8-21, 5-8).
Pepperdine pulled as close as 38-34 when Keion Bell hit a floater, but then Saint Mary’s responded with 11 unanswered points.
Unlike the first meeting between the two teams that Saint Mary’s won 96-56, neither team exploded offensively to start the game.
Pepperdine missed 15 of its first 18 shots and didn’t score in double digits until Thompson made one of two free throws with 5:44 in the first half, trimming Saint Mary’s lead to 20-10.
The Gaels, who led by as many as 14 in the first half, led 27-20 at halftime.