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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 3, 2007

Gonzaga - 82
Pepperdine - 57

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Josh Heytvelt scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead Gonzaga past Pepperdine 82-57 on Saturday.

Heytvelt also blocked six shots, another personal best, for the Bulldogs (17-7, 7-1). He was the first Gonzaga player to tally more than 20 rebounds since Cory Violette grabbed 20 on Dec. 6, 2001, against Fresno State in The Forum.

Derek Raivio scored 19 points and David Pendergraft chipped in 10 points and five rebounds for Gonzaga, which out rebounded Pepperdine, 49-20.

The Bulldogs, who trailed in the series 26-6 following the 1993 season, have 12 consecutive wins against Pepperdine to take a 32-31 edge in the series. The Bulldogs went on two monstrous runs - an 18-0 surge in the first half and a 27-3 explosion in the second.

Trailing 9-4 less than four minutes into the game, the Bulldogs went on an 18-0 spurt. Heytvelt started it with a pair of free throws, Micah Downs drained a 3-pointer from the left corner and Heytvelt connected on a trey from the top of the circle. Following a Pendergraft rebound basket, Heytvelt hit a 16-footer from the right top of the key and then converted a pair of free throws his next trip down the court. A fast break layin by Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes off a pass from Pargo and a pair of Raivio free throws on the one-and-one capped the burst.

Trailing 24-12, Pepperdine mounted a 15-6 run that was started by a pair of Chase Griffin free throws, and then was ignited with three straight treys to close the gap to 30-27 with 4:28 to go in the half, Griffin scoring half of his team-high 22 points during the run. Pepperdine (6-18, 2-6) trailed 36-32 at halftime.

Griffin's two free throws with 12:58 to play brought the Waves to win 51-44, but A Heytvelt old-fashioned 3-point play launched the Bulldogs on a 27-3 run that increased the lead to 78-47 with 2:53 to play and the end was not in doubt.

Gonzaga helped keep the Waves in the game in the first half, 16 turnovers leading to 22 points. For the game the Bulldogs had a season-high 28 points that led to 32 Pepperdine points.

Gonzaga completes its Los Angeles trip Monday with a 9 p.m. Big Monday contest on ESPN2 from Gersten Pavilion on the Loyola Marymount campus.

LMU - 74
Portland - 59

Los Angeles, CA - The Loyola Marymount men's basketball team used 64 percent shooting to jump out to a lead as large as 20 in the first half and then used clutch free throw shooting from an unlikely source as they held off the University of Portland 74-59 in West Coast Conference action Saturday night at Gersten Pavilion.

For the first time on the season the Lions had four players in double digits, led by junior Jon Ziri, who came off the bench with 17 points to tie a career high, going 10-for-12 from the free throw line. Senior Adoyah Miller added 17, senior John Montgomery added a career-best 11 and senior Matthew Knight chipped in 13 points and six rebounds to move to 12th all-time in career scoring with 1,380 and ninth all-time in career rebounds with 710.

The Lions improve to 10-14 overall and 2-6 in the WCC while Portland falls to 6-18 and 2-6.

"It feels really good to get a win at home," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "We really came out focused on what we needed to do. We executed on both ends of the floor really well, especially at the start that set a good tone for us the rest of the game."

The Lions had their best half of the season to open the game, shooting 64 percent to build a lead as big as 20 with 4:09 remaining. They would take a 40-23 lead into the break, their largest and only sixth halftime lead of the season. Miller led the push with 11 while Knight had 10.

In the second frame, it was Ziri who kept the Pilots at arms length. Ziri, a fourth-year player from Tempe, Ariz., entered the game hitting 54.6 percent from the charity stripe on the season (22-for-39) and 46.4 percent in his career. While his teammates struggled, going a combined 6-for-19 (31.6 percent), Ziri raised his season average over eight percent in the win.

He scored 12 of his 17 in the second half, with all 10 free throws in the final stanza. The Lions saw their lead shrink to 10, 54-44 on a three pointer by Darren Cooper, who led all scorers with 19, with 7:13 remaining.

However, Miller came right back and hit a three pointer to put the lead back to 13, 57-44. After a defensive stop by the Lions, Ziri came down and put in a two-handed slam off a rebound to put the flow of the game back to the Lions. After senior Derick Grubb gave LMU a 61-46 lead, the Pilots began fouling with 5:00 remaining. Ziri would score 10 of the Lions remaining 13 points all from the charity stripe to clinch it.

"Jon came off the bench and really played with the role we asked him to play," said Tention. "He provided great energy and his effort on the free throw line in practice is starting to pay off."

The Lions outscored Portland 22-5 on turnovers, forcing the Pilots into 18 on the night while only committing 10 themselves. LMU finished the game shooting 25-for-53 (47.2 percent) while Portland went 18-for-44 (40.9 percent).

The Lions will face Gonzaga on ESPN2's Big Monday. The game is set for 9 p.m. on Feb. 5.

San Francisco - 99
San Diego - 88

San Diego, CA - The USF Dons, buoyed by 51 points by the backcourt trio of Antonio Kellogg, Armondo Surratt and Manny Quezada jumped on host San Diego early and coasted to a 98-88 win over the Toreros Saturday afternoon at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

It was a big win for USF (9-14, 5-3 WCC) who now has a two-game lead on the Toreros and also the key tie-breaker earned with the sweep.

The Dons were paced by 21 points by Antonio Kellogg, who scored 37 points in the Dons first win over USD. It was the sophomore from Oakland's first game since January 20th, as he sat to work on his academics. Kellogg was 6 of 8 from the field and eight for nine from the free-throw line.

USF also got 16 points from Armondo Surratt and Manny Quezada, 14 by Johnny Dukes and 13 by Alan Wiggins, Jr. San Diego (13-10, 3-5 WCC) was paced Gyno Pomare's 18 points and 17 by Ross DeRogatis.

"I could see it the last few practices that this team is coming together," said Dons' head coach Jessie Evans. "In the first half we did things right, we got in the passing lanes and got out on the break. We did a great job on the boards in the first half, giving up just two offensive rebounds. On the other hand, we shared the basketball and we were making our shots.

"It was a great win over a quality opponent who is 7-3 at home. We now will practice tomorrow afternoon and get ready for a big game at Santa Clara Monday night. We have our team together now and we are healthy and ready to focus on the rest of the season.

San Diego made a run in the second half after USF put up a 32-point lead at 64-32 lead with 17 minutes left in the contest, but never was able to close under 15 until late in garbage time.

USF won its fourth WCC road game of the season in five games. The Dons have played 15 of 23 games away from home.

The game was the last regular season game for USF outside the Bay Area. They play Monday at Santa Clara and have a Big Monday game at St. Mary's on Feb. 19th, with the rest of their games at War Memorial Gym. The Dons host Pepperdine on February 10th and LMU on February 12th in their next home appearances.

USF led 56-30 at intermission, shooting 66.7% floor (20-30) and forcing 15 Torero turnovers. The Dons built leads of 15-3, 25-7 and had a 30-point lead at 47-17 with 4:59 remaining.

The game was the last collegiate appearance for San Diego native Alan Wiggins, Jr., whose father Alan played for the San Diego Padres.

Santa Clara - 63
Saint Mary's - 57

MORAGA, Ca. (AP) - Santa Clara's Scott Dougherty scored 23 points to lead the Broncos over Saint Mary's 63-57 on Saturday.

The victory gave Santa Clara (16-7, 6-2) undisputed possession of second place in the West Coast Conference two days after the team's coach, Dick Davey, announced he will retire at the end of the season. Saint Mary's fell to 13-11, 5-3.

Dougherty went eight-for-14 from the floor, including four-of-eight from 3-point range. He also had a team-high five rebounds.

Saint Mary's overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to take the lead 53-52. But Dougherty hit two free throws to stave off the Gael's run, and a Brett Collins' basket for Saint Mary's was disallowed because of a foul by Collins.

After Collins' foul, Sean Dennison put Santa Clara up by three with a dunk. Dennison had 12 and Brody Angley 11 for Santa Clara.

On the next Saint Mary's possession Todd Golden turned the ball over, and Danny Pariseau scored to put Santa Clara ahead 58-52.

Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson, averaging 17.1 points in conference play, was held to six points but did have 10 rebounds. Wayne Hunter and Omar Samhan each had 10 for Saint Mary's.

Santa Clara built a four-point halftime lead as Saint Mary's missed three shots and committed four of its 17 turnovers in its first seven possessions of the second half.

After Collins' basket got Saint Mary's on the scoreboard in the second half, Dougherty hit a trey to give Santa Clara its biggest lead 45-34.

Collins led all scorers with 27 points, 21 coming in the first half when he invigorated Saint Mary's from off the bench, while hitting seven of eight shots, including five-of-six from 3-point range. Collins' nine baskets equaled the number made by the rest of the team.

Santa Clara shot 64 percent in the first half, hitting 16-of-25. Saint Mary's limited the Broncos to 35.7 percent shooting (10-for-28) in the second half, but Santa Clara limited Saint Mary's to 37.5 percent shooting for the game. The game was the 200th in the series between the schools and the 68th involving Davey, who was an assistant at Santa Clara for 15 years before taking over as head coach for 15 years.

Before the game, Saint Mary's honored Davey and Gael's head coach Randy Bennett presented him with an argyle sweater, which is one of Davey's trademarks. Saint Mary's fans gave him a standing ovation. "I really appreciated it, but you're so into the game that it was a little embarrassing," Davey said. "I thought it might be a standing boo."

Dougherty, a fifth-year senior, said the announcement of Davey's resignation was not a distraction "It's something that's there. If anything, it's a positive. We all want him to go out on the highest note possible."