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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 17, 2007

Pepperdine - 95
Loyola Marymount - 88

Story coming soon.

San Francisco - 76
UC Irvine - 62

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - San Francisco went on an early 12-0 spree coasted to a 76-62 win over UC Irvine in a ESPNU BracketBusters game Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Dons, who visit St. Mary's Monday night, won for the fifth time in their last six games.

USF (12-15) of the West Coast Conference was paced by Alan Wiggins 19 points. Point guard Manny Quezada added 17 points and six assists.

UC Irvine (12-16) of the Big Sky conference shot only 35.4 percent from the floor even factoring in a 9-for-18 game by Australian forward Nic Campbell. He hit six three-point shots in 14 attempts.

The Dons' 12-point run began with Wiggins converting a pass from Quezada for a basket with 17:41 to go in the first half. That brought USF to within one at 5-4. A three-point shot by Johnny Dukes put the Dons up for good.

USF shot 52.7% from the floor and 47% from three point range. USF is 10-2 when hitting 50% or better of its shots.

A lay-up by Antonio Kellogg with 14:05 to play in the first half completed the run with the score 14-5. Kellogg chipped in 14 points in 27 minutes off the bench.

USF led 43-24 at half, a 19-point margin they equaled once with 6:51 to go on a lay-up by Dukes for 70-51. Dukes finished with nine points. Coach Jessie Evans went to his bench frequently throughout the game.

Santa Clara - 80
San Diego - 72

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Sean Denison had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Santa Clara maintained its hold on first place in the West Coast Conference with a 80-72 win over San Diego in Dick Davey's final home game as coach of the Broncos.

Scott Dougherty had 18 points and Brody Angley had 12 points and matched his career high with nine assists for Santa Clara (20-7, 10-2 WCC), winners of six straight and nine of 10 overall.

The Broncos, who ended Gonzaga's 50-game home winning streak on Monday, inched closer to ending the Bulldogs' six-year stranglehold on the WCC title. Santa Clara needs just one win in its final two games to clinch a share of the conference championship, something the Broncos haven't done since 1997.

Davey, the veteran coach in his 15th season at Santa Clara, announced his retirement on Feb. 1. The Broncos haven't lost since.

San Diego made Davey sweat this one out. Trailing 60-46 after Mitch Henke's two free throws midway in the second half, the Toros pulled within 67-63 on Nir Cohen's three-point play with 4:08 left.

That's when Denison went to work, making six straight free throws and scoring on a left-handed putback as Santa Clara pushed its lead to 78-67 and cruised the rest of the way.

A standing room only crowd gave Davey a minute-long standing ovation when the veteran coach was introduced before the game and highlights of his career flashed on the scoreboard throughout the evening.

At the end of the night, the fans in the student section serenaded the night's honoree with chants of "Thank you, Davey." San Diego coach Brad Holland and his assistants all wore blue argyle sweaters, further testament to Davey's legacy. Santa Clara's dance team also wore sweaters in Davey's honor.

As for the 64-year-old coach himself, Davey barely acknowledged the pre-game ovation but did give a thumbs-up to the crowd. After the game, Davey made a brief return to the court for another standing ovation from the crowd at the Leavey Center but left without speaking.

Instead, Davey took satisfaction in his team extending its winning streak to six while maintaining a one-game lead over Gonzaga in the WCC standings.

That '97 WCC championship was the last of three straight for Davey and Santa Clara and the school has struggled to get back to the top ever since. Prior to this season, the Broncos hadn't had a winning season in five years and have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1996.

Santa Clara opened the game shooting 58.6 percent in the first half and led 42-31 at the break despite giving up 10 offensive rebounds to San Diego. The Toros didn't help themselves, however, going 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

Memphis - 78 (OT)
Gonzaga - 77

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -Chris Douglas-Roberts slashed across the key through traffic and hit a one-handed layup with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime as No. 8 Memphis edged Gonzaga 78-77 on Saturday at the Spokane Arena for its 15th straight victory.

The Tigers (23-3) led 76-75 on Jeremy Hunt's 3, but Hunt fouled Abdullahi Kuso with 17.6 seconds left and Kuso sank both to put Gonzaga up 77-76.

Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo hit a jumper with a minute remaining in regulation to tie it at 69-69 after the Bulldogs trailed most of the way.

Joey Dorsey led the Tigers with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Robert Dozier had 14 and Hunt and Antonio Anderson each had 12 for Memphis.

Gonzaga's Derek Raivio led all scorers with 21 points. Pargo had 17 and David Pendergraft had 11 for Gonzaga (18-10).

The Bulldogs lost their second straight game without second leading scorer and top rebounder Josh Heytvelt, who was indefinitely suspended after his arrest on drug possession charges with redshirt freshman Theo Davis on Feb. 9.

Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 sophomore center, had averaged 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Memphis forced 18 turnovers with its pressing defense, resulting in 15 points off turnovers, and Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points.

Anderson scored eight of the Tigers' first 10 points after the half, as Memphis took a 49-40 lead. The Bulldogs relied on 3s to claw back down the stretch to trail 69-67 with 1:46 remaining.

Gonzaga stayed with the Tigers for most of the first half, trailing by 30-29 after Pargo scored with 3:02 remaining. Douglas-Roberts responded with a jumper to go up 32-29 as the Tigers went on a 9-2 scoring run.

Conference USA-leading Memphis hit 43 percent from the field, while Gonzaga connected on 48 percent. But the Tigers hit 17-of-27 free throws, while the Bulldogs, with four players in foul trouble, made 7-of-10.

Gonzaga, which has lost 10 games for the first time since the 1997-98 season, has lost two in a row. It fell out of first place in the West Coast Conference with a home loss Monday to Santa Clara to fall to 8-3 in conference.