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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 12, 2007

Santa Clara - 84
Gonzaga - 73

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Scott Dougherty scored 23 points to help Santa Clara beat Gonzaga 84-73 on Monday night and end the nation's longest home winning streak at 50 games.

Gonzaga played its second game without star forward Josh Heytvelt, who was arrested last weekend for investigation of drug possession and suspended from the team.

Santa Clara (19-7, 9-2 West Coast Conference) broke a tie with Gonzaga for first place in the WCC and broke a 13-game losing streak to the Zags.

It was the first loss for Gonzaga (18-9, 8-3 WCC) in 39 outings in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center. The Zags had also won their final 12 games in the old Martin Centre.

Gonzaga won an emotional game Saturday against Saint Mary's without Heytvelt, its leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, but could not pull off another win.

Gonzaga fell behind 13-0 Monday night and never made up the deficit as the Zags shot poorly from the floor and the free throw line. Santa Clara, on the other hand, shot 53 percent from the field and made 25-of-29 at the line.

Gonzaga's last home loss was Feb. 19, 2003, versus Portland.

Portland - 55
Saint Mary's - 47

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland men's basketball team closed out its home slate with a bang, downing Saint Mary's 55-47 in West Coast Conference action before 1,351 fans at the Chiles Center. The Pilots improve to 8-19 (4-7 WCC) on the year while the Gaels drop to 13-14 (5-6 WCC).

Putting on a show in his final regular season home game, senior Ben Sullivan led the Pilots with 15 points and added six rebounds. Senior Darren Cooper pitched in 14 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line. Freshman guard Taishi Ito had eight points and a game high four assists while sophomore forward Jamie Jones scored seven points and had a team-high eight rebounds.

For the Gaels, Brett Collins led all scorers with 16 points. Tron Smith was the only other Gael in double figures, adding 11 points, all in the second half. Omar Samhan had nine points and eight boards while Diamon Simpson led all players with nine rebounds. Simpson entered the game averaging 14.3 points, but was held to 0-of-9 from the field and six points.

Portland had its best defensive effort of the season, limiting Saint Mary's to 47 points, the lowest point-total allowed by the Pilots this year. Portland held Saint Mary's to a 28 percent field goal percentage for the game and won the rebounding battle 39-37. The Pilots also had just 10 turnovers compared to SMC's 13, making it the first time this season that Portland had fewer turnovers than an opponent.

"It was an emotional game," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said, referring to Senior Night. "You could tell that it means something to the guys, and our seniors did a very nice job of channeling those feelings and focusing on the task at hand."

Both teams started slow offensively with the Gaels grabbing a 10-6 lead at the midway point of the first half. Portland used an 11-2 run to gain a 17-12 edge with 6:10 remaining in the half on a three-point play by Sullivan. Portland carried a 24-19 lead into the break.

After pushing the lead to eight points, Saint Mary's countered with a 14-5 run capped by a Collins three-point play to give the Gaels their first lead (33-32) since the 9:06 mark of the first half. The lead went back and forth until a critical three-pointer by Sullivan to beat the shot clock with 6:44 left gave UP a 43-41 edge. Ito followed with a baseline layup and the Pilots made 8-of-10 free throws in the last few minutes to secure the win.

The Pilots kept Saint Mary's off balance by playing a zone defense, not a normal scheme according to Reveno.

"Saint Mary's is a good aggressive offensive team," Reveno said. "They like to attack the basket and go to the hoop, so we thought the zone could slow them down a little bit."

Portland will now have a week break before returning to the court to face Northwest rival Gonzaga on Monday, Feb. 19 in Spokane. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The game will be televised on FSN Northwest.

San Diego - 97
Pepperdine - 85

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ross DeRogatis scored 25 points and Nir Cohen added a career-high 24 points as San Diego overcame a large first-half deficit for a 97-85 win over Pepperdine on Monday.

San Diego (15-11, 5-6 West Coast) trailed 23-6 with 11:31 left in the first half after Pepperdine scored 17 points.

But DeRogatis and Cohen led San Diego back as the Toreros went on a 34-16 run the rest of the half for a 40-35 halftime lead.

San Diego increased its lead to 49-38 less than four minutes into the second half and maintained a double-digit lead for most of the rest of the game.

Marvin Lea scored 21 points for Pepperdine (6-21, 2-9), which lost its fifth straight game.

San Francisco - 76
Loyola Marymount - 69

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Johnny Dukes scored a career-high 21 points and had eight rebounds in San Francisco's 76-69 win over Loyola Marymount on Monday night.

Jay Watkins came off the bench to tie his career high with 17 points and Manny Quezada and Alan Wiggins added 14 apiece for the Dons, who moved within one game of second place in the West Coast Conference.

San Francisco (11-15, 7-4 WCC) led by as many as 16 after being held to 29 points in the first half but had to stave off a late charge by the streaking Lions, winners of four of five going in.

Loyola Marymount held the Dons to one basket over the final eight minutes and was within 69-64 with 1:48 remaining before San Francisco made seven free throws over the final 67 seconds to seal the win.

Dukes, averaging just 5.2 points this season, went 9 of 11 from the floor while reaching double figures for just the fifth time this season. The Dons' senior forward, limited to two games in 2006 due to injuries to both feet, easily eclipsed his previous high of 16 points set more than two years ago.

Marko Deric scored 16 points for Loyola Marymount (12-15, 4-7 WCC). Adoyah Miller, averaging 16.4 points in his previous nine games, scored 13 but was just 5 of 21 from the floor.

The Lions played without leading scorer and rebounder Matthew Knight, who suffered a concussion diving to the floor early in Saturday's win over San Diego. Knight, who needs 35 points to move into 10th place on Loyola Marymount's career scoring list, also missed two games earlier this season due to a patella strain in his left knee.

San Francisco was also without one of its key players, guard Armondo Surratt, who sat out a second straight game with a knee injury.

The Dons were able to overcome Surratt's absence in their previous game but struggled early offensively against the Lions, missing their first seven shots and falling behind 22-18 late in the first half.

Dukes got San Francisco going with a 3-pointer and a dunk. After Antonio Kellogg's steal in the backcourt, Dukes fed Watkins for another dunk to give the Dons a 25-22 lead with 3:29 left.

The Lions closed out the half with a 7-2 run capped by Damian Martin's one-handed putback from six feet out at the buzzer to give Loyola Marymount a 31-29 lead.

Wiggins scored eight points in the first 4:30 of the second half as San Francisco went on a 14-4 run to regain momentum. Miller's three-point play for the Lions briefly halted the onslaught before Dukes scored five points to spark a 15-4 Dons' run that made it 58-44 with 11:12 remaining.