NCAA Basketball

Pepperdine beats Santa Clara 85-69 in WCC opening round

LAS VEGAS (AP) Kameron Edwards scored 25 on 11-of-15 shooting and 10th-seeded Pepperdine shot 70.8 percent from the field in an 85-69 win over 7th-seeded Santa Clara in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament on Friday night.

Pepperdine (6-25) made 34 of 48 shots and advanced to face No. 22 and second-seeded Saint Mary's in the quarterfinals on Saturday night. It was the Waves' third-best shooting performance in program history.

Santa Clara (11-20) briefly threatened in the second half, going on a 10-0 run to close the gap to 51-44. But Pepperdine quickly turned it around with a 9-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way.

The Waves took the lead for good at 4-3 and led by as many as 16 in the first half.

Trae Berhow added 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and made 5 of 6 from 3-point range for Pepperdine. Colbey Ross added 15 points.

Matt Hauser had 15 points, KJ Feagin scored 14, Henry Caruso added 12 and Josip Vrankic 10 for Santa Clara.

Updated March 3, 2018

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