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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 10, 2007

Gonzaga - 60
Saint Mary's - 49

SPOKANE, Wash. -Derek Raivio and Matt Bouldin each scored 12 points as Gonzaga, playing without suspended forward and second-leading scorer Josh Heytvelt, beat Saint Mary's 60-49 Saturday to remain tied atop the West Coast Conference.

Heytvelt and freshman Theo Davis had been suspended indefinitely before the game for violating team policy.

Gonzaga (18-8, 8-2 WCC) extended its NCAA-leading home court win streak to 50 games, hitting 25-of-54 from the floor, while Saint Mary's (13-13, 5-5) shot 20-of-47.

Jeremy Pargo had 11 points for the Zags.

Gonzaga missed Heytvelt's 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, but threw a pressing defense at the Gaels, who went scoreless for long chunks of time. Abdullahi Kuso, a 6-foot-9 junior, started in place of Heytvelt and finished with 4 points and a rebound.

Tron Smith led Gaels scoring with 11 points. Omar Samhan had 10 points and led all rebounders with 8.

Saint Mary's leading scorer, Diamon Simpson was held to 7 points and 4 rebounds, about half of his 14.6 point and 7.4 rebounds average.

Gonzaga remains tied for first place with Santa Clara, which visits Monday.

The Gaels started slowly against the determined Zags' swarming defense, which forced 11 first-half Gaels turnovers and 17 overall.

Gonzaga led 21-8 with 7:45 remaining in the half, but the Gaels went on an 8-0 run, including 6 by Samhan, and trailed just 25-23 at the half.

Gonzaga remains home Monday to face Santa Clara University at 9 p.m.

Loyola Marymount - 71
San Diego - 66

San Diego, CA - Loyola Marymount continued their hot play thanks to key play off their bench from their front court, as they grind out a 71-66 road win at the University of San Diego on Saturday in West Coast Conference play at Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Lions won their third straight and fourth in their last five games to improve to 12-14 overall and 4-6 in the WCC, moving into at least a tie for fifth place in the WCC.

Senior Adoyah Miller led all scorers with 19 points while seniors Derick Grubb and John Montgomery added 10 each. Grubb, who entered the game with the loss of senior Matthew Knight with a concussion, added a career-equalling 11 rebounds for his first double-double as a Lion.

For Montgomery, he continues to play the best basketball of his career, becoming clutch down the stretch for the Lions at the free throw line. He finished with 11 points, his third straight game in double digits, hitting a pair of free throws with 11.8 seconds left to turn a one possession and put it out of reach.

"When Matty got hurt, I told Grubb to get into the game and said `you have to have a big game for us.' He stayed out of foul trouble and earned a double-double," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "You can't ask for more than that."

The Lions lost WCC leading rebounder and second-leading scorer in Knight just four minutes in the contest due to a concussion when he hit his head on the floor. He managed five points in just four minutes and left with the Lions up 11-8. Knight's absence saw the Toreros out-rebound the Lions 42-30, getting 15 second chance points to LMU's 12.

"Matty hit his head pretty hard going for a rebound on a clean play," said Tention. "The trainers will evaluate him tomorrow. I doubt he will play Monday. But our guys responded."

Grubb, along with freshman Mason Maynard were two that answered the call. Grubb went 4-for-9 from the field while Maynard came off the bench for eight points and three boards. Fellow forward Marko Deric added eight points and four rebounds.

The Lions fell down by as many as nine with 14:03 reamining but came back and cut the lead to 53-52 with 11:52 remaining on back-to-back three-pointers by Grubb and Miller. After trading baskets, the Lions regained the lead 56-55 on a fast break lay-in by Maynard with 10:58 on the clock. Miller added to the lead with a three-pointer on the next possession, making it 59-55.

LMU would grow the lead to eight, 65-57 on Montgomery's runner with 6:26 remaining. USD would go on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to just one, 67-66, with 1:36 remaining. After a miss by Montgomery, Deric grabbed the offensive board and put it back for a 69-66 lead with 1:07 on the clock.

Miller would take the ball from Brandon Johnson and Nir Cohen fouled Montgomery with 11.8 left in regulation. Montgomery buried both, making him 4-of-4 in the final 20 seconds of the last two wins.

LMU continues their three-game road trip at San Francisco on Monday at 8 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPNU.

San Francisco - 82
Pepperdine - 70

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Antonio Kellogg scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and had eight assists in San Francisco's 82-70 win over Pepperdine on Saturday night.

Alan Wiggins also had 23 points and added seven rebounds for the Dons (10-15, 6-4 West Coast Conference), who beat the Waves for the fourth straight time.

USF continues its homestand hosting Loyola Marymount. The Dons hold sole possession of third place after St. Mary's lost at Gonzaga earlier in the evening.

Tomas Pranciliauskas made five 3-pointers and scored 15 points for Pepperdine (6-20, 2-8 WCC). The Waves, 7-20 a year ago under Paul Westphal before hiring Vance Walberg last April, have lost 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.

Walberg, who was 133-11 during four seasons at Fresno City College, had Pepperdine in position to upset San Francisco before Kellogg took over.

The Dons' leading scorer, Kellogg scored 10 points and had two assists over the final seven minutes when San Francisco outscored the Waves 24-10. Kellogg capped the comeback by feeding an alley-oop pass to Johnny Dukes for a dunk with 51 seconds remaining.

Manny Quezada, starting in place of injured guard Armondo Surratt, added 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Dons. Surratt, San Francisco's second-leading scorer with 14 points a game, suffered an injury to his left knee Feb. 5 and is listed as day to day.

The Dons struggled early to get their perimeter game going without Surratt, missing seven of 8 3-pointers and shooting 42.9 in the first half.

The Waves, who had lost three straight and nine of 11, shot even worse than San Francisco but led 28-26 on Chase Griffin's steal and layup with 3:43 left in the half. Danny Cavic's 3-pointer put the Dons back in front before Pepperdine scored eight of the next 10 points to take a 36-31 halftime lead.

San Francisco came out strong in the second half but still trailed the Waves 60-58 after Blake Wallace's layup with 7:43 left to play. Kellogg took over from there and Pepperdine never recovered.

Santa Clara - 76
Portland - 53

PORTLAND, Ore.- John Bryant had 15 points and Danny Pariseau added 14 as a balanced-scoring Santa Clara team rolled to an easy 76-53 victory over Portland on Saturday.

The win kept Santa Clara (8-2 in conference) in a first-place tie in the West Coast Conference with Gonzaga, which kept pace by beating St. Mary's on Saturday. But the tie will be broken when Santa Clara and Gonzaga meet Monday night Spokane.

The Pilots (7-19, 3-7) have been at the other end of the conference standings most of the season, but they managed to keep pace with the Broncos for most of the first half. Portland even led 26-25 after scoring eight unanswered points late in the first half.

The Broncos (18-7 overall) played steady the entire night. They hit 57 percent of their shots in the first half and 54 percent in the second stanza. It was the second half, though, that made the difference.

After playing just three minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, Santa Clara point guard Brody Angley hit seven straight points to key an early second-half run that put the Broncos in front 59-30. After that, Portland never got closer than 16.

Pariseau, who did a solid job of filling in at the point for Angley in the first half, hit seven straight points of his own later in the second half to push Santa Clara's lead to 68-44.

Angley finished the game with 11 points and two assists. Pariseau added five assists for the Broncos, who committed only nine turnovers.

Darren Cooper scored 15 to lead the Pilots, who hit only 30 percent of their shots for the game.

Santa Clara next faces the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Monday, Feb. 12 with first place in the WCC on the line. The game tips off at 9:00 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and 1220 KNTS.