The end came swiftly and decisively for Pepperdine, which equaled its worst defeat of the season Friday night in losing to St. Mary’s, 87-61, in a West Coast Conference basketball game.
The Waves (5-16, 3-6 in the WCC) fell behind, 30-12, midway through the first half and were never a factor in losing for the fifth time in six games.
St. Mary’s (15-7, 5-4) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Marques Johnson scored 16 points and Bryan Hill added 15 for Pepperdine, which dropped to 1-10 in road games. The 26-point margin matched the Waves’ 80-54 loss at Weber State in their season opener.
Eric Schraeder, getting a rare start, made five of St. Mary’s first six baskets in the second half and finished with a season-high 23 points on 10-for-13 shooting.
Schraeder replaced A.J. Rollins, the Gaels’ second-leading scorer, who did not play because of a sore back.
David Sivulich added 16 points for St. Mary’s and center Brad Millard, a 7-foot-3, 345-pound sophomore, had a school-record six blocks and 10 rebounds.