Men's Basketball Upset By Pepperdine, 88-79
Jan 18, 2002
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Gonzaga was beaten at its own game Friday night.
Terrance Johnson scored 21 points and Glen McGowan added 15 of his 19 in the second half as Pepperdine upset No. 13 Gonzaga 88-79 Friday night for its third victory this season over a ranked team.
Boomer Brazzle pulled down 12 rebounds for the Wave, who outrebounded the Bulldogs 47-33, including 24-8 on the offensive end.
Gonzaga (15-3, 2-1 West Coast Conference), which had won 12 straight games, entered the game tied for first in the nation in rebounding margin at plus 11.1 per game.
"For the first time in a hostile environment we didn't match the home team's energy and enthusiasm and physical play," Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. "We've been a very physical team all year and tonight we were off."
Glen McGowan had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Brazzle added 15 points before a crowd of 3,547 at 3,104-seat Firestone Fieldhouse.
Rebounding kept the Waves (10-6, 3-0) in the game in the first half when they made just 14 of 44 first-half shots, including 2-of-15 on 3-pointers. Pepperdine had a 27-19 rebounding advantage, including 15 offensive rebounds to Gonzaga's four. Pepperdine trailed 36-34 at halftime.
The Waves found their shooting touch in the second half, making 16 of 31 shots, including 5-of-11 3-point shots.
"I think we were maybe a little too pumped up in the first half," said Pepperdine coach Paul Westphal, whose team beat ranked UCLA and Southern California earlier this year. "I thought we were getting good shots, but we were shooting them long, so we just relaxed a little bit."
Both coaches agreed that McGowan, playing just his fourth game of the season after being suspended by the school for the first semester after getting into a fight with a teammate, was a key factor.
"The first half of the year when we didn't have him, we were a small team," Westphal said. "Now we can move guys who were playing power forward to the small forward and they're pretty good rebounders for small forwards, but power forwards, they get overpowered. It made us a much better rebounding team just bouncing people down a position."
In a second half with four ties and six lead changes, the Waves took the lead for good on McGowan's basket with 8:25 left. Craig Lewis and McGowan followed by each making two free throws, giving Pepperdine a 66-61 lead with 7:07 to play.
After Dan Dickau made one of two free throws, Craig Lewis 3-point basket began a 7-2 run for the Waves, which put them ahead, 73-64, with four minutes left. The Waves led by at least seven for the remainder of the game.
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