SAN DIEGO — The Pepperdine basketball team, having seen its share of the run-and-shoot offense and been left gasping for air in a pair of losses to Loyola Marymount last week, decided to ease its foot off the gas pedal Thursday night against the University of San Diego.
A good idea, maybe, but one that still didn't work out. Pepperdine, which allowed 142 points in a loss to Loyola Saturday night, gave up nearly half that Thursday night but still lost to USD, 76-74, in front of 1,833 fans in the USD Sports Center.
Now, its one thing to be out-run by the nation's highest-scoring team, Loyola, but to be out-gunned by a USD team that scored more points in the first half, 42, than it had in two other entire games this season, is a different matter.
Pepperdine (16-10, 8-5) has lost three straight and must win at St. Mary's Saturday night to finish second in the West Coast Athletic Conference. Another loss could drop the Waves to fourth.