HONOLULU -- Jordan Baker had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Pepperdine to a 63-56 victory against Hawaii on Saturday night.
Baker's 3-pointer with 12:40 remaining gave Pepperdine a 41-38 lead and began giving the Waves breathing room. Willis scored seven straight points to increase the cushion to 48-40 with 8:28 to play.
Hawaii got no closer than five the rest of the way and hurt its cause by shooting just 50 percent (13 of 26) on free throws.
The Waves made a season-high 10 3-pointers.
Malte Kramer, making his season debut because of a knee injury, hit two shots from behind the arc late in the first half to help Pepperdine to a 31-23 lead at the break.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.