Los Angeles, CA – Last night Pepperdine (7–4) cruised past LMU (4–8), 69–56, with swift ball movement and better shooting, including 24 points from 3-land. Pepperdine racked up 25 assists (only 13 for LMU) and shot 50 percent, including 57 percent on triples, while LMU shot 40 percent with zero three-pointers. Amadi Udenyi (11 points with 3 triples, four assists) and Jett Raines (17 points, seven rebounds, two assists) led the way for the Waves, while Evan Payne netted 15 points, two assists and two steals for the Lions.
Pepperdine junior F Stacy Davis (6’6, 235) finished below his team-leading season averages (15 points, 8.5 boards), but is a solid overseas and NBDL draft prospect. Davis has a strong frame and can score on mid-range jumpers (15–18 ft), in the post, and from offensive rebounds. He’s a savvy rebounder, plays decent defense, and runs the floor well. If he can improve his shooting range and ball handling skills, he’ll make a better case to have a solid overseas career.
The Waves’ junior F Jett Raines (6’7, 225) is a solid on-ball and team defender and rebounder, has good shooting form, and can score in the low block and mid-range (15–18 ft.). Raines has a high basketball IQ and is fundamentally sound in both individual and team skills, which will help his case as an overseas and NBDL draft prospect. He’s second on the team in points (11.5) and rebounds (6.5) per game, but needs to improve his shooting range and quickness to succeed at the next level.
LMU sophomore G Evan Payne (6’1, 200) is lightening fast with amazing jumping ability, which allows him to challenge bigs in the paint. Payne was an All-WCC Freshman Team selection and set an LMU freshman record for most points in a season. He leads the Lions with 20 ppg, shooting 48 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line. Although Payne is a natural scorer, he sees the floor well and can break down defenses off the dribble. He could improve his passing and ball handling abilities to thrive as an overseas pro and NBDL prospect at the PG position. He’s a bit undersized to be a SG at the pro level, but his tremendous hops help compensate for that. Time will tell if Payne settles in as SG or PG in the pros.
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