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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 9, 2008

Gonzaga - 101
Pepperdine - 59

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Micah Downs scored 18 points and, freshman Austin Daye had 17 points and nine rebounds, leading Gonzaga to a 101-59 victory over Pepperdine on Saturday night.

Jeremy Pargo had 13 points and 12 assists and was one of four players for the Bulldogs (18-6, 7-1 West Coast Conference). Gonzaga bounced back strongly after its 89-85 WCC overtime loss at No. 25 Saint Mary's on Monday night.

Pargo's points/assists double-double was the third of his career and his second this season. He had an 11/11 double-double last yeat at home against San Francisco and a 10/13 tandem against Virginia Tech at the Great Alaska Shootout earlier this season, the 13 assists a career high. He had nine assists and no points at halftime Saturday.

Jon Reed scored 14 points for the Waves (7-17, 1-7). Tyrone Shelley added 13 and Rico Tucker had 11 for Pepperdine.

The Bulldogs shot 54 percent from the field and had 12 of their 13 players score in their 13th consecutive win over the Waves. They won 92-57 in January in Malibu, Calif. Saturday's 42-point margin was the biggest for the Bulldogs in the series which the Bulldogs now lead 34-31 after trailing 26-6 at the end of the 1993 season.

Gonzaga jumped out to an early 19-7 lead, paced by David Pendergraft, who finished with 12 points, and led 47-28 at halftime, despite getting no first-half points from its two leading scorers, Pargo and backcourt mate Matt Bouldin.

But Pargo and Bouldin combined for 13 first-half assists, many of them leading to dunks.

Pargo scored 11 of Gonzaga?s first 18 points to start the second half.

Pepperdine was outrebounded 60-26, shot only 31 percent from the field and made just 12 of 25 free throw attempts.

The Waves dropped to 1-5 under interim coach Eric Bridgeland.

The Bulldogs remain home Monday to face Loyola Marymount at 5 p.m.

Portland - 74
Loyola Marymount - 63

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Nik Raivio scored 17 points and was joined in double figures by three teammates as the Portland Pilots beat the Loyola Marymount Lions 74-63 Saturday night at the Chiles Center. Portland shot 52 percent from the field and outscored the Lions 38-22 in the paint.

Freshman guard Jared Stohl started for the second straight game and scored a season-high 14 points. Sophomore forward Ethan Niedermeyer also earned the start and responded with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Niedermeyer started in place of Sherrard Watson, who has battled the flu but still played 16 minutes off the bench. Robin Smeulders added 12 points and six rebounds.

The Lions (5-19, 2-6 West Coast Conference) came out on fire from the field, making their first four field goal attempts and connecting on 55 percent of their shots in the first half. LMU led by five in the early going, but the Pilots (8-16, 2-6) kept the pace and used a 10-0 run highlighted by a Smeulders dunk to gain a 36-28 lead. Shawn Deadwiler drilled a three to make it 36-31 at the half.

LMU came out hot again after the half and took a one point lead before the Pilots put the clamps down defensively. Stohl hit a three and freshman center Kramer Knutson converted a three-point play on consecutive possessions to give the Pilots a 51-45 lead. Portland continued to add to the margin and led by as much as 14 in the closing minutes.

"We asked the guys to defend and share the ball," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "I was pleased with our second half defense and our assist-to-turnover ratio."

Portland committed a season low 10 turnovers in the game and held the Lions to 41 percent shooting in the second half.

Stohl made 4-of-7 three-pointers in the game and has now made at least one trey in all 22 games that he has played in for the Pilots.

"We ran two inbounds plays for him and the team executed them very well," Reveno noted. "His teammates set him up and Jared knocked down the shots. A shooter that like can make a coach look good when he's making shots."

The Pilots gained a 29-26 edge on the boards and a 23-15 margin in points off turnovers. There were eight ties and eight lead changes overall.

Portland looks to build on the momentum when they host Pepperdine on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Chiles Center.