Pepperdine Opens WCAC Play Tonight Against St. Mary's

Pepperdine's basketball team, which likes to run and shoot, will open its West Coast Athletic Conference schedule tonight at 7:30 against St. Mary's, which emphasizes defense and balanced scoring, at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.

The Waves (8-5) also will play host to the University of San Diego (7-5) in a conference game at 7:30 Saturday night.

St. Mary's (8-3) has won five of its last six games and has one of the nation's best records in scoring defense, having allowed opponents an average of 54.6 points a game.

Four have been scoring in double figures. Forwards Erick Newman and Robert Haugen are each averaging 13.5 points a game, center Dan Curry 11.6 and guard Al Lewis 10.9.

Senior Mike Cumberland, ineligible last term, will start at center for Pepperdine in place of sophomore Dexter Howard.

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