Big Second Half Carries USF Dons To Rout Of Pepperdine

The USF Dons shot 65 percent in the second half while holding the Pepperdine Waves to just 28 percent accuracy after halftime, riding that combination to a 77-53 drubbing of the Waves at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu Thursday night.

The Dons (19-10, 12-5 West Coast Conference) led by as much as 16 points, getting off to a sizzling start and taking a 25-9 lead midway through the first half before the Waves (15-14, 8-9) rolled to a 23-5 run to close out the half.

Pepperdine got up by four early in the second half before USF roared to an 18-2 run to go up 54-40 with 9:04 to go in the game.

It’s the first time the Dons have 12 conference wins since 1978-79.

Cole Dickerson paced the Dons with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Avry Holmes added 17 points and Kruize Pinkins scored 12. Mark Tollefsen handed out six assists as USF notched 23 helpers on 27 made field goals while committing only nine turnovers.

Stacy Davis scored 15 points and had eight rebounds for the Waves, Malcolm Brooks had 11 points and four assists and Lamond Murray Jr. tossed in 10 points.

USF was 27-for-53 (50.9 percent) overall, 10-for-23 (43.5 percent) from long distance and 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) from the free throw stripe. Pepperdine was 19-for-57 (33.3 percent), 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) and 13-for-18 (72.2 percent).

The Dons had a 40-29 edge on the glass.

USF closes the regular season Saturday at Loyola Marymount with a chance to get to 20 wins for just the second time since restarting the program in 1985. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

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