Pepperdine beats Towson behind 23 points from Ross
Pepperdine advances to face Georgia Southern on Saturday night.
Towson's Jordan McNeil tied it at 42 with a jumper early in the second half, but Cooper hit a 3 amid a 6-0 run and Pepperdine took the lead and pulled ahead by as many as 11 points before the final buzzer.
Towson led 25-16 on Alex Thomas' jumper, but the Waves scored nine straight and led 33-29 after Edwards hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Edwards' jumper with 1:54 left in the first half put Pepperdine up 35-32 at halftime.
Nakye Sanders and Brian Fobbs scored 11 apiece for the Tigers (1-2), who face FAU on Saturday.