MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Pepperdine made it look easy against
Glen McGowan scored 29 points to lead Pepperdine to its fourth
straight win, a 75-61 victory over the Badgers (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) on Saturday
Alex Acker added 17 points and seven assists for the Waves
(4-1), who defeated a ranked opponent for the first time since
beating Gonzaga 88-79 on Jan. 8, 2002.
"This is our court so we had to show them," Acker said. "It
was about defense. They turned the ball over, were making silly
mistakes and we just took advantage."
With the score tied at 34 at the break, Pepperdine opened the
second half with a 25-4 run, turning the close game into a runaway.
The Badgers were scoreless for more than 6 minutes, turned the
ball over nine times and shot 2-for-13 as Pepperdine built a 59-38
lead with 11:06 remaining.
"We outrebounded them (39-27), got to the free-throw line, but
we turned the ball over," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "If
you're turning the ball over, that means you're giving in."
Wisconsin shot 50 percent in the first half and just 32 percent
(8-for-25) over the final 20 minutes.
The Badgers went on a 10-0 and took their first lead at 18-17
with 7:54 left in the first half. They extended the lead to 22-19
before Pepperdine stormed back and tied the game by the break.