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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 13, 2007

Gonzaga - 77
Santa Clara - 69

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Mark Few became the third-fastest coach to reach 200 wins and Gonzaga extended its winning streak against Santa Clara to 14 games, beating the Broncos 77-69 on Saturday night.

Few, in his eighth season at the Spokane, Wash., school, reached the mark in his 247th game. Only Clair Bee and Jerry Tarkanian got there faster; Bee got to 200 wins in 231 games at Rider and Long Island, while Tarkanian did so in 234 games as coach of Long Beach State and UNLV.

Few's 50th, 150th and 200th victories have come at Santa Clara's expense.

Derek Raivio had 25 points and Josh Heytvelt scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds in the Zags' 26th consecutive West Coast Conference win and 30th in a row against a conference opponent including tournament play.

Gonzaga (12-6, 3-0 WCC) led 67-53 with 4:37 left but Santa Clara used a 13-2 run to close within 69-66 on Scott Dougherty's 3-pointer with 37.3 seconds remaining. David Pendergraft hit two free throws at 35.3 for the Zags. Dougherty finished with 18 points to lead Santa Clara (11-6, 1-1).

Raivio missed his first free-throw attempt of the game at the 8:53 mark of the first half, ending a streak of 44 straight made shots from the line - a WCC and school record. The streak began Nov. 24 against Butler when he went 8-for-8, and the senior point guard has missed only four free throws all season.

Sean Denison had 11 points and seven rebounds for the scrappy Broncos, who couldn't do enough offensively in the second half to pull this one out. Santa Clara hasn't beaten the six-time defending WCC champions since an 84-71 victory at home on Feb. 22, 2001. That ended the Zags' 14-game winning streak - the longest in the nation at the time.

Heytvelt scored Gonzaga's first six points of the second half and Raivio made back-to-back layins to end a 10-2 run that put the Bulldogs up 51-43 lead with 16:09 to play. The Broncos answered with an 8-2 spurt featuring a 3-pointer by role player Joey Kaempf at 13:00, but then went scoreless for 6:13.

It was another tough loss to the Zags for a sellout crowd of more than 4,500 fans who packed the Leavey Center, where they were as raucous as ever for the nationally televised game even though the Bulldogs aren't ranked for a change.

Santa Clara, which had won three of four with an emotional 76-69 victory over Bay Area rival Saint Mary's on Jan. 6, shot 40 percent and was outrebounded 35-32.

The Zags knocked the Broncos out of the conference tournament in 2001 and 2004 by a combined four points.

Jeremy Pargo's layin at 4:53 capped an 11-3 Gonzaga run for a 33-28 lead and the Zags held the Broncos without a field over the final 5:45 and only one basket in the last 7:15 of the half.

Santa Clara made 6 of its first 8 shots but shot 33 percent the rest of the half to trail 41-39 at the break.

The theme for the game was "Dick Davey argyle sweater night," in honor of Santa Clara's 15th-year coach and his signature look. Several of his assistants sported the sweaters and so did athletic director Dan Coonan.

Saint Mary's - 73
Portland - 57

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Omar Samhan and Wayne Hunter each scored 12 points to lead Saint Mary's to a 73-57 West Coast Conference victory over Portland Saturday.

Saint Mary's led by 16 at the half, but Portland cut the lead to 49-42 after Jamie Jones scored six straight points.

After Portland (6-13, 2-1) closed to within seven points, Samhan, Hunter and Blake Sholberg scored consecutive baskets, and Saint Mary's (9-9, 1-1) regained its double digit lead, and kept it that way the rest of thw way.

Samhan scored from inside, then Hunter scored on a 3-on-1 fast break and Sholberg completed the mini run with a jumper.

The Saint Mary's victory snapped a three-game winning streak for Portland.

John Winston added 10 points and five assists, including the pass that set up Hunter during the Gaels' mini-run.

Saint Mary's defense limited Portland to 30.4 percent shooting for the game as the Pilots hit only 17 of 56 shots. The Gaels limited Portland's leading scorer Darren Cooper to 1-for-10 from the floor, but Cooper went 10-for-10 from the free throw line to finish with 12. Jones and Chris Jackson also scored 12.

Saint Mary's used its depth, outscoring Portland 40-20 off the bench. The Pilots were without Ben Sullivan, who had started 10 games but had to sit out a one-game suspension.

The Gaels will return to action on Monday night, as they continue West Coast Conference play against Gonzaga. Saint Mary's will host the Bulldogs in a 9 p.m. game that will be televised on ESPN's "Big Monday".

San Diego - 71
Pepperdine - 67

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Gyno Pomare had 22 points and a career-best 15 rebounds as San Diego beat Pepperdine 71-67 Saturday night.

Daniel Fleming had 10 points, Brandon Johnson had nine assists and Chris Lewis had eight rebounds for the Toreros (11-6, 1-2 West Coast Conference).

With 1:20 remaining, Pepperdine pulled within three after Marvin Lea hit a 3-pointer. But San Diego scored the next four points to stop the comeback.

Lea scored all of his 11 points in the final six minutes.

Chase Griffin had 23 points and seven rebounds to lead the Waves (4-15, 0-3), who are amid their worst season since 1965-66, when they began 2-17. They've lost five straight.

Pomare, who also had two blocks, dominated early with 10 points and six rebounds in the first nine minutes. He finished with 14 first-half points and the Toreros took a 37-30 lead.

San Francisco - 68
LMU - 61 (OT)

Los Angeles, CA - The USF Dons let a late nine point lead slip away in the final six minutes of regulation, but outscored host Loyola Marymount 15-8 in overtime to take a 68-61 victory over the Lions Saturday.

USF (6-11, 2-0 WCC) broke open the game in overtime when Danny Cavic made a three-point driving basket, followed by a two-point and then a three-point bomb by Vince Polakovic to give USF a 63-56 lead. USF was able to hang on despite missing four free-throws in the extra session.

The Dons were paced by Armondo Surratt's 18 points and 15 by Antonio Kellogg. LMU (8-10, 0-2) was led by Matthew Knight's 20 points.

USF, after losing seven straight has now won its first two West Coast Conference games. The win was also coach Jessie Evans first against Lions, the last WCC team that he had not yet defeated.

"I thought we had a good start," said head coach Jessie Evans. "We played excellent defense and held them to just 27 points. We still need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. It's a good win, and if we have to go overtime to get a win, we'll take it.

USF, along with Gonzaga, are the only two undefeated teams in the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs won at Santa Clara Saturday night.

The Dons looked to be in control of the game with 6:10 left in regulation after Armondo Surratt made three free-throws to give USF a 53-44 lead. But USF failed to score while the Lions finished the half on a 9-0 run finally tying the game on a three-point play by Matthew Knight with 1:15 left. USF then had a chance to retake the lead but Vince Polakovic missed the front end of a one and one free-throw sequence. Polakovic almost won the game on a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer but it rimmed out.

USF made just 5 of 19 shots in the second half, and failed to hit a field goal in the final 11:50 of regulation.

The Dons led 34-27 at the half after finishing the first period on a 16-6 run, The Dons guards led the way with 24 of the 34 points prior to intermission, paced by Armondo Surratt's 10 points including a three at the halftime buzzer.

USF shot 46.4% in the first half, made six of 13 three-point shots and forced 14 first half turnovers.

The Dons stay in the Los Angeles area to face Pepperdine in Malibu Monday night in another game to be televised live by ESPNU.