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Pepperdine Loses to Weber St., 66-63

<i> Associated Press</i>

Pepperdine suffered its first loss of the season Friday night as Kirk Smith had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Weber State to a 66-63 victory in the first round of the Dr Pepper Invitational.

Weber State (6-1) trailed, 36-32, at halftime, then moved ahead, 65-63, when Johnnie Moore hit a tip-in off the board with 1:34 remaining. Moore had eight points and 14 rebounds.

Robbie Johnson added a free throw with 11 seconds left and missed the second, giving Pepperdine (3-1) a chance to send the game into overtime.

But Bryan Parker, a senior guard, missed an open three-point shot with two seconds left, and Weber State advanced to tonight’s championship game against Baylor, the tournament’s host team.

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Pepperdine was led by Damin Lopez, who had 14 points. Parker had 12 points, nine assists and six rebounds.


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