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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Jan. 29, 2007

Gonzaga - 91
San Diego - 82

Spokane, Wash. (AP) - Jeremy Pargo and Matt Bouldin each scored 18 points Monday night to lead Gonzaga to a 91-82 win over San Diego.

Josh Heytvelt added 15 points and Sean Mallon had 11 for Gonzaga (15-7, 6-1 West Coast Conference).

Ross DeRogatis led San Diego (13-9, 3-4) with 23 points and helped limit Gonzaga's Derek Raivio to seven points and 1-for-4 shooting from the floor. Nir Cohen scored 18 for the Toreros, who have lost nine consecutive games against Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs shot season bests of 67 percent from the field and 73 percent on 3-point field goals to extend the longest active home winning streak in NCAA Division I men's basketball to 49 games.

The Toreros trailed 42-34 at the half, wasting their 14-4 advantage in offensive rebounds in the half by shooting just 33 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Gonzaga led only 56-52 before Micah Downs sank three 3-pointers in three minutes to help push the Bulldogs ahead 67-58 with 8 minutes left. Those were the only shots taken by Downs, a Kansas transfer, in his fifth game with Gonzaga since recovering from foot surgery.

Saint Mary's - 69
LMU - 54

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Wayne Hunter scored 15 of his career-high 22 points in the second half to lead Saint Mary's to a 69-54 win over Loyola Marymount on Monday night.

Diamon Simpson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels (13-10, 5-2 West Coast Conference), winners of seven of eight.

Matthew Knight and Adoyah Miller had 17 points apiece for Loyola Marymount (9-14, 1-6 WCC), which failed to capitalize on momentum from Saturday's 74-71 upset win over Santa Clara. The Lions trailed the entire game against Saint Mary's, falling behind by as many as 16 en route to their ninth loss in 10 games since losing leading scorer Brandon Worthy to a knee injury.

Saint Mary's, which was coming off a heartbreaking 68-66 loss to Pepperdine on Saturday that knocked the Gaels out of a first-place tie in the WCC, struggled at times with its offense against the Lions. But the Gaels committed just eight turnovers for the game and held Loyola Marymount to nine points over the final 9:30.

The Lions also struggled down the stretch to slow Hunter, whose previous career-high of 21 came during a Dec. 28 win over Western Carolina. The sophomore guard made three 3-point plays over a three-minute span in the second half to break open a close game and put Saint Mary's comfortably ahead for good.

Hunter finished 8 of 13 from the floor and scored 12 of the Gaels' final 23 points.

Saint Mary's, which had won four straight including a 85-78 upset of perennial power Gonzaga on Jan. 15 before the loss to Pepperdine, led 33-25 at halftime, but saw its lead cut to one early in the second half after Damian Martin's layup with 12:28 remaining.

Hunter then made the first of his trio of three-point plays to ignite a 14-4 run for the Gaels. Todd Smith and Brett Collins followed with consecutive 3-pointers before Hunter's short, spinning jumper off the glass put Saint Mary's ahead 64-48 with 5:30 left to play.

Knight made his first seven shots against Saint Mary's and finished 8 of 10 from the floor.

Saint Mary's will return to West Coast Conference play on Saturday, Feb. 4 against the Santa Clara Broncos at 4 p.m. Santa Clara defeated the Gaels 76-69 at Santa Clara on Jan. 6 to open WCC action. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m., but was moved to 4 p.m. for the Comcast SportNet West television production.

San Francisco - 66
Portland - 65

Portland, OR - Alan Wiggins, Jr. scored 24 points to pace four Dons in double figures as the University of San Francisco topped Portland 66-65 Monday night at the Chiles Center.

The Dons, who led 65-52, almost let the game go into overtime, scoring just one point in the final 4:38, while the Pilots rallied. Portland had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Taishi Ito missed the second of two free-throws with 0.8 left and the Dons survived.

"I thought that the first half we had things going our way, but didn't come away with the lead we could have." said USF head coach Jessie Evans. "The second half we were able to get ahead 13, but then it got tough. We have to learn to handle success and build on the lead. We missed a couple of free-throws and gave up some offensive rebounds and let them back in. But we survived."

The Dons (8-14, 4-3 WCC) appeared to break the game open with about 12 minutes left when Manny Quezada hit consecutive three-pointers followed by a three by Armondo Surratt to give USF a 51-41 lead.

Manny Quezada scored 12 points, Danny Cavic 11 and Johnny Dukes 10 for USF. The Dons survived deep foul trouble throughout the game, but were forced to play without Alan Wiggins who fouled out late.

Portland (6-17, 2-5 WCC) was paced by 16 points by Jamie Jones and 13 by Parker Emerson, whose consecutive three-pointer help spur the Pilots run.

USF has played seven WCC games and all but one has been close. They have two overtime wins, two one-point wins, an overtime loss and a three-point loss.

The Dons played the game with several players with flu symptoms, including Armondo Surratt, who recorded seven assists and were also without Antonio Kellogg, who stayed at home to work on his academics.

The Dons led 35-30 at the half despite having two guards, Manny Quezada and Danny Cavic forced to the bench with three fouls each. Alan Wiggins, Jr. was the star offensively with 18 points in the first half, making seven of 11 shots. The Dons shot 54% in the first stanza, and Danny Cavic hit three three-pointers prior to the break.

The Dons continue their four game roadtrip playing a Saturday afternoon game at San Diego and then returning to the Bay Area next Monday to play at Santa Clara on ESPNU.

USF is also expected to hear Tuesday who they will host in February in the Bracket Busters event. That game will be Feb. 16th or 17th.

Santa Clara - 77
Pepperdine - 55

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Scott Dougherty scored 14 points to lead six players in double figures and Santa Clara defeated Pepperdine 77-55 on Monday night.

Brody Angley had 12, Joey Kaempf added 11 and Danny Pariseau, John Bryant and Sean Denison each had 10 as the Broncos (15-7, 5-2 WCC) won their fourth in five games.

Kingsley Costain scored 13 to lead the Waves (6-17, 2-5), who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.

The Broncos, taking a page out of the Waves' playbook, hit six of their first eight 3-pointers of the second half and widened their lead to 69-43 with less than six minutes remaining to play.

Santa Clara took control of the game with an 11-0 run midway through the second half, holding the Waves scoreless for over four minutes during that span.

Pepperdine is the WCC leader with 229 3-pointers, but the Broncos were more successful from long range on their home court. Santa Clara hit a season-high 12 of 23 3-pointers while the Waves were 10-of-37.

Pepperdine attempted 16 3-pointers - of 24 total shots - in the opening period, making five. The Waves shot just under 30 percent for the half while the Broncos made over 53 percent of their attempts, including 5-of-12 from long range.

Santa Clara outscored the Waves 12-3 over the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 34-23 lead into the intermission.

During halftime, Santa Clara honored the late Nick Vanos, who played two years with the NBA Phoenix Suns before tragically dying in a plane crash in 1987. The seven-footer remains the school's all-time leader in blocked shots with 159.

The Broncos hit the road for their next game on Saturday, Feb. 3 taking on the Saint Mary's Gaels in a pivotal WCC contest. The game tips off at 4:05 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet. Both Saint Mary's and Santa Clara enter the game with a 5-2 record in the conference in a tie for second place behind Gonzaga.