After a tight first half ended with the score tied, the Pepperdine Waves opened the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 45-38 lead.
The Pacific Tigers doubled their fun, scoring the next 14 points to grab a 52-45 lead and never trailed again en route to a 76-66 victory at the Spanos Center Saturday night.
Amadi Udenyi converted a three-point play 2:45 into the second half to cap the burst to open the second half for the Waves (12-10, 5-5 West Coast Conference). Andrew Bock’s layup got the Tigers (11-8, 2-6) on the board in the second half and Bock closed the run with a pair of free throws with 10:33 to go. Pacific maintained the lead the rest of the way, pushing the advantage to 11 points on Aaron Short’s dunk with 57 seconds to go.
Sama Taku scored 18 points for the Tigers, Tony Gill added 17 points and five rebounds and Bock had 12 points. Trevin Harris finished with six assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Stacy Davis had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Waves. Malcolm Brooks also scored 12 points and Udenyi notched 11, while Jeremy Major nabbed three steals.
Pepperdine was 24-for-57 (42.1 percent) overall, 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from the land of plenty and 14-for-19 (73.7 percent) from the foul line. Pacific was 28-for-50 (56 percent), 7-for-14 (50 percent) and 13-for-17 (76.5 percent).
The Tigers had the rebounding edge, 32-29 and overcame 20 turnovers while forcing the Waves into 17 miscues.
Pacific hits the road for the next four games, starting Thursday night at BYU (13-9, 5-4) at 6 p.m. Pacific.