Nov. 18, 2004
By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Alex Acker and Yakhouba Diawara each scored 19 points, Marvin Lea added a career-high 14 assists and Pepperdine held off Siena 87-72 Thursday in the loser's bracket of the BCA Invitational.
The Waves (1-1) scored the first 22 points of the second half, and later withstood a 32-12 run by the Saints (0-2). Glen McGowan had 18 points as all five Pepperdine starters reached double figures.
Kojo Mensah led Siena with 15 points, but the freshman point guard also totaled 11 of his team's 24 turnovers. Teammates Antoine Jordan and Michael Haddix scored 11 apiece.
The Waves fell apart in the second half a day earlier in a loss to East Carolina, and apparently, they were intent on doing a little better in this one.
After taking a three-point halftime lead, they made their first four shots after the break - with Lea assisting on three of them - and forced Siena into an 0-for-10 start. Lea also had a steal and dunk in that span.
The Saints had six turnovers before they made a shot and trailed 59-26. The margin grew to 27 points a couple of minutes later on a layup by Diawara before Siena rallied.
Mensah made two free throws to start a 12-0 spurt, then added a layup to make it 69-56. Tay Fisher and Tommy Mitchell later had 3-pointers sandwiched around a leaner from the lane by Jordan, and suddenly, Siena was within nine.
Another 3 by Fisher made it 77-70, but Pepperdine held on at the free throw line. The Waves converted 6-of-8 down the stretch, and the Saints missed their final five shots.
The second half was quite a change from the Waves' performance against the Pirates in the first round. Pepperdine shot only 21 percent after halftime and were outscored 47-19 in an 80-58 loss.
The Waves will play the winner of the Fairleigh Dickinson-New Orleans game Friday.