Waves Win Tournament
Boomer Brazzle had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Pepperdine’s quickness and rebounding carried the Waves to an 88-68 victory over New Mexico in the championship game of the Lobo Invitational Sunday night at Albuquerque, N.M.
Pepperdine (8-4) never trailed and used scoring runs of 12 and 13 points in each half to defeat the shorter, slower Lobos (4-6).
The Waves consistently scored on fastbreak baskets. Pepperdine had a 44-31 lead in rebounds, including a 26-9 advantage in the first half when it built a 44-33 lead.
It was only the 12th time in the 38-year history of the Lobo Invitational that New Mexico has not won the title.
A three-point basket by walk-on freshman Jeff Hart got New Mexico within 53-44 with 16:15 left. That rally ended when Mike Westphal, the son of Pepperdine Coach Paul Westphal, made consecutive three-point baskets.
The Waves, who are 6-1 on the road this season, scored nine more points before New Mexico’s Mark Walters made a three-pointer. By then, Pepperdine was in front, 66-47, and the Lobos would get no closer than 15 points.
Jimmy Miggins scored 16 points, Alex Acker had 13, and Patten and Westphal each had 11.
New Mexico was led by Jamaal Williams with a career-high 23 points.
Siena 79, Loyola Marymount 71 -- Prosper Karangwa scored 16 points, including six free throws in the last three minutes, to lead the Saints (6-3) in a Holiday Stores/Big R Classic tournament game at Bozeman, Mont.
Loyola Marymount (5-7) pulled to within 69-65 on Brandon Worthy’s free throw with 1:56 left. But Siena made six of eight free throws over the next minute to lead, 75-65, with 55 seconds left.
Keith Kincade’s putback with 16 seconds left cut the margin to 77-71.
Sherman Gay led the Lions with 16 points and Worthy had 13. Siena’s Tommy Mitchell led all scorers with 17 points.
UCLA 58, Oregon State 54 -- This might have been the last weekend the Bruins sneak up on anyone -- at least in the Pacific 10 Conference.
The Bruins (7-4, 2-0) parlayed 29 points by senior guard Michelle Greco and a full-court press into a victory at Corvallis, Ore. The victory ended a five-game losing streak to Oregon State.
It was the first home loss this season for the Beavers (7-4, 1-1), who outrebounded the smaller Bruins, 40-34, but were pressured into 26 turnovers, which UCLA converted into 22 points.
Brina Chaney had 15 points for Oregon State.
Oregon 79, USC 73 -- The Trojans will gladly wave goodbye to the month of December because there has been nothing jolly about it.
The loss at Eugene, Ore., was the third in a row for USC (5-7, 0-2) and the fifth in seven games this month.
Oregon (5-6, 1-1) survived 25 points and seven rebounds by Ebony Hoffman because the Trojan junior forward was limited to 26 minutes because of foul trouble. Junior guard Rometra Craig scored 14 points for USC, which had a 38-34 lead at the half.