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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 2, 2008

Gonzaga - 87 (2OT)
Santa Clara - 82

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Austin Daye scored 13 of his career-high 22 points in overtime, including the go-ahead basket, as Gonzaga survived Santa Clara's upset bid, escaping with a 87-82 victory on Saturday night.

Steven Gray, who scored 16, made a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Santa Clara's Andrew Zimmerman's short basket with three seconds left forced the second overtime.

Josh Heytvelt added 14 points for the Bulldogs (17-5, 6-0 West Coast Conference), who won their eighth in nine games. Jeremy Pargo had 13 points and seven assists.

Brody Angley scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Broncos (11-10, 3-3), who had won three of their previous four games. John Bryant scored 22 points and set a career-high with his 12-of-13 effort from the foul line. Jonathan Gunderson added 15 points.

Santa Clara was all set to celebrate its second straight regular-season upset over the Bulldogs after Bryant blocked a shot in the final four seconds to preserve a two-point lead.

All that remained was for the Broncos to inbound a pass and run out the clock. A long pass was tipped in the backcourt and Gray was fouled by Angley to set the tying foul shots.

Santa Clara ended Gonzaga's 50-game home winning streak last year and was looking to end the Bulldogs' 11-game win streak in Santa Clara.

Gonzaga fell out of the rankings after losing to Oklahoma last Dec. 20, and have won eight of 10 since. Gonzaga looks to pad its conference lead when the team travels to No. 21 St. Mary's on Monday night. It's the first of two games with the Gaels, which will likely determine the WCC regular-season champion.

Gonzaga entered the game with an RPI rating of 30, just behind No. 14 Stanford. The seven-time defending WCC champion Bulldogs have a strength of schedule rating of 33, helped by a tough nonconference slate that featured three top 10 teams, including top-ranked Memphis last Saturday.

The Broncos made 12 of their first 16 shots of the second half and held a 61-54 advantage going into the final four minutes.

The Bulldogs closed to within 63-61 when Austin Daye hit a 3-pointer with 1:32 left.

The Broncos worked the clock, grabbing a key offensive rebound, down to 19 seconds before freshman Ben Dowdell was fouled by Daye during a loose ball.

Dowdell missed both foul attempts. Matt Bouldin grabbed the rebound to set up the tying free throws.

Santa Clara outrebounded the Zags 16-8 in the first half, and that's with the WCC's leading rebounder (Bryant) held to one board.

The rebounding edge helped the Broncos stay with Gonzaga, as both teams struggled from the field over the final eight minutes of the half. The Bulldogs scored the game's first seven points, but Santa Clara recovered to take a 27-25 lead at halftime.

Saint Mary's - 86
Portland - 49

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Ian O'Leary scored a season-high 20 points and No. 21 Saint Mary's routed Portland 86-49 on Saturday night in the Gaels' final tuneup before facing West Coast Conference unbeaten and rival Gonzaga.

This was the Gaels' first victory as a ranked team since 1988-89, and came in their first home game during two stints in the AP poll this season - though they might be bumped come Monday considering the team's 63-55 loss at San Diego on Jan. 28 that snapped a five-game winning streak.

Diamon Simpson had 13 points and 15 rebounds, Omar Samhan added 18 points and nine boards and Tron Smith scored 10 off the bench for the Gaels (18-3, 5-1 WCC), who shot 54 percent and won for the 11th time in their last 13 meetings with the Pilots.

O'Leary swished a 3-pointer with 15:03 left that put Saint Mary's ahead 58-26. The Gaels shot 10-for-24 from 3-point range and committed only nine turnovers.

Next up is the highly anticipated showdown with perennial WCC power Gonzaga (17-5, 6-0) on national television Monday night. The Gaels have beaten the Bulldogs at home in McKeon Pavilion two of the last three years, including last season.

In that game, Simpson scored a career-high 29 points and keyed a 19-2 second-half run as Saint Mary's handed Gonzaga its first conference loss in nearly two years, 80-75. It snapped the Zags' 26-game WCC winning streak and a 30-game winning streak against conference opponents including tournament play.

The Zags - the preseason favorite to capture their eighth straight WCC regular-season title - needed two overtimes to win 87-82 at Santa Clara earlier Saturday, catching a break when Santa Clara's Brody Angley fouled and Steven Gray converted two free throws with three-tenths of a second left as the Bulldogs tied it to force overtime.

For Saint Mary's, reserve Carlin Hughes dished out eight assists and gave freshman starting point guard Patrick Mills a chance to rest up before Monday's game when he will likely play nearly the entire 40 minutes. Mills scored the first five points of a 7-0 Saint Mary's run to start the second half after the Gaels led 38-19 at the break, and he finished with eight, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Nik Raivio scored 18 points for cold-shooting Portland (7-15, 1-5). The team's second-leading scorer behind Raivio, Sherrard Watson, added 11.

Coming off a 79-41 loss to Gonzaga in their previous game, the Pilots shot 37 percent, got outrebounded 43-27 and lost their fifth of six.

These teams split their two regular-season meetings last season, then the Gaels earned an 87-47 victory in the WCC tournament last March.

The Pilots - who beat Pepperdine 82-78 on Jan. 12 for their lone conference win - missed their first four shots, all from close range. They started the game 3-for-13 while Saint Mary's made 8 of its first 13 from the field including three 3s on the way to a quick 22-8 lead.

San Diego - 72
Loyola Marymount - 48

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rob Jones had a career high 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Diego to a 72-48 victory over Loyola Marymount in a West Coast Conference game on Saturday.

Jones, a freshman, scored 10 points during an 18-3 run to open the second half for the Toreros, who have won four in a row.

Gyno Pomare added 14 points and five rebounds for San Diego (12-11, 5-1 conference) while Brandon Johnson had nine points, all coming on three first-half 3-pointers.

Tim Diederichs scored 10 points and Jon Ziri had 11 rebounds for LMU (4-18, 1-5), which has lost four in a row and 11 out of its last 12 games. It was the third time this season LMU has been held under 50 points.

San Diego scored 29 points on 18 LMU turnovers and dominated around the basket with a 50-22 scoring advantage in the paint. The Toreros shot 50 percent from the field and had 33 field goals to LMU?s 16.

LMU managed just nine assists in the game.

San Francisco - 85
Pepperdine - 82

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Eddie Sutton became just the fourth coach to win 800 games Saturday night as San Francisco came back from a 19-point second-half deficit to beat Pepperdine 85-82.

Danny Cavic made a 3-pointer with 14.9 seconds left to give the Dons the lead and give the coach the milestone win in his fourth attempt.

Sutton joins Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and Jim Phlean as the only Division I coaches to win 800, and trails only Knight among active coaches.

Dior Lowhorn had 28 points and 8 rebounds and Cavic had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Dons (6-15, 2-4 West Coast Conference).

Christian Hernandez made a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds to go and Pepperdine's Tyrone Shelley missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Shelley led the Waves with 16 points, and Malcolm Thomas and Ryan Holmes scored 12 apiece.

During 36 seasons at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State, Sutton won more than 71 percent of his games and reached the Final Four three times.

Pepperdine led by 19 early in the second half, but San Francisco went on a 21-5 run that featured eight points from Lowhorn to pull within three, 58-55 with 12:14 to play.

The Waves retook a double-digit lead after consecutive steals and layups from Rico Tucker and Mychel Thompson to go up 70-60 with 8:27 to go.

But San Francisco tied it at 77 with 4:05 to play after a 3-pointer from Danny Cavic, a rebound and putback from Manny Quezada and a layup from Lowhorn.

Hernandez then gave the Dons their first lead of the game with a free throw that made it 78-77 with 3:41 to play.

Pepperdine led by double digits for the last 10 minutes of a dominant first half.

Tucker followed a 3-pointer with a dunk and steal to put the Waves up 18-4 to open the game.

Thomas put Pepperdine up by 15 with a breakaway layup as the shot clock expired to make it 37-22 with 6:14 until halftime.

Cavic's 15 first-half points kept Pepperdine reasonably close.

He scored seven straight San Francisco points to pull within 10, 27-17 with 7:47 to play, and made a hard-fought layup after several Don misses at the end of the first half.