Lamond Murray Jr. scored 30 points and Pepperdine toasted the nets in Malibu from the start, defeating BYU 99-83 on Thursday night.
Murray shot 10 of 20 from the field and 10 of 10 from the line on the way to his game high, improving Pepperdine to 8-17 and 4-9 in West Coast Conference play.
After the Waves extended their 52-43 halftime lead to 17 points in the second half, a Davin Guinn 3-pointer made it 83-74 with 7:44 left.
Neither team scored in the next three minutes until a Murray and-one and a Nolan Taylor free throw put Pepperdine up 87-74 with 4:26 to play.
Former Utah Ute forward Chris Reyes totaled 16 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
Nick Emery led BYU (17-9, 8-5) with 19 points. Elijah Bryant totaled 15 points and six assists in BYU’s first game without point guard L.J. Rose, who is preparing for knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.
Eric Mika added 18 points for the Cougars, who fall into a third-place tie with San Francisco.
AROUND THE WCC THURSDAY
No. 1 Gonzaga 90, Loyola Marymount 60: Gonzaga (25-0, 13-0 WCC) continued to run roughshod over the conference with a blowout of LMU (11-13, 4-9). Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Zags.
No. 20 Saint Mary’s 51, Portland 41: The Gaels (22-2, 12-1) got bogged down in a slugfest but prevailed over Portland (9-16, 2-11). Jock Landale totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
San Francisco 61, Santa Clara 58: USF (18-8, 8-5) pulled into a third-place tie with BYU despite scoring only 17 points in the second half to hold off SCU (13-13, 7-6). Matt McCarthy scored 10 as the only Don in double figures.
Pacific 61, San Diego 58: T.J. Wallace scored 16 points to lead Pacific (9-17, 3-10) in a comeback win over San Diego (11-14, 4-9). The Tigers scored 42 points in the second half after totaling only 19 in the first.