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.
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.