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LOS ANGELES - Opening West Coast Conference play against the longest running rival in program history, LMU saw Pepperdine use a 20-5 run in the middle of the contest to help them to a 69-56 victory at Gersten Pavilion Monday night.
The Waves (8-4, 1-0) hit 12 for their first 15 shots of the second half and turned a three-point game into a double-digit lead. The Waves finished hitting 53.8 percent in the second half and 50 percent for the game. The Lions (4-9, 0-1) finished hitting just 40.4 percent from the field.
"We had a poor defensive effort in terms of pressuring the ball, especially in the second half," said Head Coach Mike Dunlap. "Our ability to move the ball and not turn it over continues to hurt us. I like our rebounding. We are finally finding that we can rebound game in and game out."
Evan Payne led the Lions with 15 points, adding two assists and two steals. Patson Siame had 11 points and six rebounds with a block, while Marin Mornar had 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks. The Lions out-rebounded Pepperdine 34-27 but had 13 turnovers to the Waves' 11.
Jett Raines led all scorers with 17 points and seven rebounds. Amandi Udenyi added 11 points. The Waves leading scorer entering the game, Stacy Davis, had just seven points, 11 under his season average. However, he had six assists. The Waves finished with 25 assists on 27 field goals.
"We had several deflating plays at the rim that we couldn't capitalize on and it seemed to change how we played," said Dunlap. "Our post game continues to develop and Patson continues to really give us a presence. He was a positive for us."
Siame had a jumper with 6:35 to play, making the score 23-20. Neither team would do anything offensively for the next three minutes until Udenyi hit a lay-up with 3:13 to play. It would start the Waves run as the Lions would get just one field goal over a 10-minute span, a lay-up from Siame with four seconds left.
The Waves would start the half on an 11-0 run, stretching the lead to 43-25 with 16:50 to play on a Shawn Olden dunk. Siame would end the run at 16:05 on a lay-in.
The Lions finished hitting 21-for-52 from the field, going 0-for-6 from three. It was the second time in three games the Lions went without a three-pointer.
LMU continues a three-game home stand to start conference when they face Pacific on New Year's Day at 1 pm.
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