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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 15, 2008

Gonzaga - 92
Pepperdine - 57

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Austin Daye scored 19 points and Matt Bouldin had 16 points and six rebounds as the Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the Pepperdine Waves, 92-57, in a West Coast Conference battle Monday night .

Daye hit seven of eight from the field, including two 3-pointers, and hit all four of his free throws.

David Pendergraft had 14 points and Josh Heytvelt scored 11 with seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (13-4 overall, 2-0 West Coast), who have a four-game win streak.

Gonzaga - which never trailed - led by 23 points at intermission, then kicked off the second half with a 10-point spurt.

With five minutes left, the Bulldogs' lead grew to 38 - its biggest of the evening.

Tyrone Shelley scored 15 points and had four steals for Pepperdine (6-12, 0-2), which has lost six out of seven.

The Bulldogs blazed out to a 20-point lead just eight minutes into the game, and, when the first half ended, they led 50-27.

Jeremy Pargo had eight assists and six steals for the Bulldogs, who outrebounded the Waves, 43-30.

The Bulldogs return home Saturday to face the University of San Diego, followed by a visit from the University of San Francisco the following Monday.

Loyola Marymount - 73
Portland - 68

Los Angeles, CA - In a game that featured the two youngest teams in the West Coast Conference, Loyola Marymount University showed maturity down the stretch with an 8-0 run late to pull away for 73-68 win over Portland in WCC action at Gersten Pavilion on Monday night. The Lions shot 54 percent with just four turnovers in the second half to turn a three-point halftime deficit into their first WCC win of the season.

Four players finished in double figures for the Lions, including the second career double-double for freshman Orlando Johnson who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Shawn Deadwiler added 16 points and five assists while Corey Counts added 14 points and Tim Diederichs 10.

With the win, the Lions snap a seven-game skid overall and an eight-game skid at home to improve to 1-1 in the WCC and 4-14 overall. Portland also sits at 1-1 in conference play and 6-11 overall with the loss.

"This was a good win for us and I am really happy for the players," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "We have been working really hard in practice at getting better. Wish we had more wins, but we are 1-1 in conference play and that is all that matters."

LMU entered the game averaging 20 turnovers per contest on the season but finished with a season-low 12, outscoring the Pilots 20-5 in points off turnovers. "The guys fought hard tonight. The win is a direct reflection of taking care of the ball. We turned it over just four times in the second half and we won. There is a direct correlation to success and taking care of the ball."

In a game that featured 11 lead changes and eight ties, the Lions fell down 35-30 early in the second half. Then with 17:32 left, the Lions trailed 37-33 after a lay-up by Kramer Knutson. A 7-0 run put the Lions right back in front, capped by a Counts three-pointer with 15:29 remaining.

Back-to-back baskets by the Pilots gave them a 41-40 lead with 14:41 to play. Deadwiler would swing it right back to the Lions with a three-pointer at 13:27 and the Lions would never trail again.They would deliver the final dagger in the final six minutes. Leading 57-55, the Lions scored eight straight to make it a 10-point game at 65-55. The final four points of the run came on free throws from Counts who would hit two more to keep the lead at 10. The Lions finished the final 1:30 of the game by going 12-for-16 from the charity stripe to earn the victory.

LMU finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three. Portland hit 42.9 percent overall and 31.3 from three.