Ross, Edwards lead Pepperdine over San Diego, 76-71

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Sophomore guard Colbey Ross scored a career-high 27 points and Kameron Edwards added a season-high 23 for the Pepperdine Waves, who dominated the last four minutes to hand the San Diego Toreros their first home loss this season, 76-71 Saturday.

San Diego, which played the last 10 minutes without its second-leading scorer, guard Olin Carter III, had a 61-58 lead when Andrew Ferguson was whistled for a flagrant 1 foul against Edwards. Edwards made both free throws and then was fouled during the ensuing possession and made one of two free throws to tie it at 61.

Tyler Williams made two free throws for the Toreros’ last lead before Ross made two free throws and then hit a pretty floater in the lane to give Pepperdine a 65-63 lead with 2:39 to go.

Edwards’ brother, Kessler, made a dagger 3-point shot with 1:54 left for a five-point lead and the Toreros couldn’t recover.

Kessler Edwards scored 13 points for the Waves (9-9, 2-2 West Coast), who outscored USD 18-10 in the final four minutes.

Ross’ previous career high was 25, done several times.

Isaiah Pineiro scored 19, Carter 12, Williams 11 and Finn Sullivan 10 for USD (12-6, 1-2).

Carter suffered an abdominal injury with 10:27 left and the Toreros trailing 47-44. He didn’t return. The Toreros were already without guard Isaiah Wright, who has a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

USD fell to 9-1 at home this season under first-year coach Sam Scholl.

Pepperdine scored the last seven points of the first half, including Kessler Edwards’ 3-pointer, to take a 30-26 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Pepperdine: The Waves were coming off three-point losses in their last two games.

San Diego: The Toreros played their fourth game without Wright, who was hurt Dec. 23 against Drake. USD had a week off since its last game, a 73-64 win against Pacific.

UP NEXT

Pepperdine hosts BYU on Thursday night.

San Diego is at Portland on Thursday night.