SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Taylor Darby had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Pepperdine opened the second half on a 14-2 run en route to a 63-57 victory over Santa Clara on Thursday night.
Caleb Willis added 15 points for the Waves (10-18, 4-12 West Coast), who closed out their regular season and will go into the conference tournament as either the No. 7 or No. 8 seed, depending on the outcome of Portland's game against BYU on Saturday. A Portland loss vaults Pepperdine to No. 7 and a game against No. 6 seed San Diego. A Portland victory keeps the Waves at No. 8, where they would play Santa Clara again in an opening-round game.
Santa Clara (8-20, 0-15) has one regular-season game remaining Saturday at Loyola Marymount but is locked in as the No. 9 seed.
There's nothing to suggest the Jayhawks won't end up atop the Big 12 for a 13th season in a row. But what about a return to the Final Four?
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.