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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 18, 2008

Gonzaga - 59
San Diego - 55

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Matt Bouldin scored 13 points, including a key late basket, to lead Gonzaga to a 59-55 win over San Diego on Monday night.

The win kept Gonzaga (21-6, 10-1 West Coast) in a first-place tie with No. 23 Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs won for the 13th straight time against the Toreros since losing in 2003 WCC Tournament finals at San Diego.

San Diego (15-12, 8-2 WCC) had its seven-game win streak snapped as its top two scorers struggled. Brandon Johnson was 2-for-15 from the field and finished with eight points and Gyno Pomare scored four points.

Trumaine Johnson led the Toreros with 17 points, all in the second half, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range in the second half.

Gonzaga, which led 25-20 at halftime, took a 35-26 lead nearly six minutes into the second half as David Pendergraft scored eight of the Bulldogs' first 10 points of the second half. Pendergraft finished with 10 points.

Gonzaga never trailed in the game but San Diego closed to 54-52 on Danny Brown's 3-point shot with 1:13 left. Bouldin scored on a reverse lay-up with 29.9 seconds left to give Gonzaga a 56-52 lead.

Saint Mary's - 100
Pepperdine - 64

Malibu, CA - The No. 20/23 Saint Mary's Gaels made a school record 17 3-pointers en route to a 100-64 West Coast Conference road win over the Pepperdine Waves on Monday night. Five Saint Mary's players scored in double figures and both Diamon Simpson and Todd Golden had a double-double, as the Gaels improved to 23-3 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

Simpson had 11 points and 11 rebounds at halftime, and finished the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and 17th of his career. This is the second time Simpson had a double-double at the half in his career. He had 10 points and 13 rebounds as a freshman against San Francisco on Jan. 30, 2006. Golden notched his second career double-double as he had 15 points and 10 assists. Golden was a key contributor to SMC's school record for threes, as he was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Patrick Mills paced the Gaels with a game-high 18 points as he was 6-for-9 from the floor and connected on 3-of-4 shots from downtown. Following his 4-for-7 shooting against LMU on Saturday, Mills finished the weekend making 7-of-11 from beyond the arc, while averaging 20 points per game following a 22-point game against the Lions.

Also in double figures for the Gaels were Ian O'Leary and Carlin Hughes with 15 and 12 points respectively. O'Leary was 4-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-5 from 3-point land and Hughes connected on 4-of-8 shots from long range.

The Gaels shot a season-high 58.6 percent (34-58) from the floor, and the 58.6 percent shooting (17-29) from 3-point land was also the best of the season for SMC. The Gaels also out-rebounded the Waves 43-31.

Mills scored the first basket of the game just 12 seconds into play. Pepperdine (9-18/3-8 WCC) answered with baskets by Tyler Carr and Ryan Holmes, and after a 2:42 scoring drought, SMC went on a 12-0 run over a 1:16 stretch, as the Gaels hit three 3-pointers during the scoring run. After the media timeout, and following a Rico Tucker basket, SMC extended its lead to 21-6 after scoring the next seven points of the game. The 19-2 run ended on the second three, and 11th point of the game, by Mills at the 12:31 mark.

With the Gaels leading by 15, the Waves answered with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 21-13, but SMC answered with a 15-2 run that included three treys by Carlin Hughes, two baskets by Diamon Simpson and a lay-in by Ian O'Leary. Following the O'Leary basket, the Gaels held a 21-point lead at 36-15 with 5:58 remaining in the first half.

SMC didn't stop the first half on-slot, as the Gaels opened up of 32-point lead (53-21) following two free throws by Todd Golden. The lead reached 30 points when Simpson hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half.

The Gaels shot the ball extremely well in the first half, converting 65.4 percent of its shots from the floor, while shooting 62 percent from 3-point land, making 10-of-16 from behind the arc in the first half. It was the first time since the Gaels hit double figures in 3-pointer in the first half. The last time SMC did that, it hit 11 threes against Gonzaga on Jan. 8, 2005.

In the second half, Saint Mary's extended their lead to 36 points (73-37) when Golden hit a three-pointer with 12:52 left in the game. The record breaking 17th 3-pointer was made by Lucas Walker from the right corner with 6:41 remaining in the game. SMC's biggest lead of the game was 38 points (100-62) when DuBois Williams scored a lay-up with 22 seconds left. The last time SMC scored 100 points was on Feb. 28, 2004 when the Gaels scored 104 against the Waves in Moraga.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23 against the Kent State Golden Flashes in the O'Reilly/ESPNU BracketBusters event. The game between SMC and Kent State will tip-off at 9 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion and will be televised on ESPN2.

San Francisco - 73
Portland - 60

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Danny Cavic had a career-high 25 points as San Francisco broke a four-game losing streak with a 73-60 win over Portland Monday night.

Cavic, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, made six 3-pointers in nine attempts and the Dons (7-19, 3-8 West Coast Conference) hit a season-high 10 3-pointers.

It was the 10th straight victory in the series for USF, which also got a career-high 20 points from Vince Polakovic and 14 by WCC-leading scorer Dior Lowhorn.

Nik Raivo had 16 points for Portland (8-19, 2-10), which fought back from a 14-point second-half deficit to take a short-lived one-point lead but lost its third straight and sixth of seven.

USF took a 26-17 lead with 5:36 left in the first half following an 11-0 run that was started with a turnaround jumper by Lowhorn and finished off with a 3-pointer by Myron Strong. Two other 3-pointers by Polakovic made up the rally.

Portland eventually closed to 29-28 before Cavic made three straight three-pointers keying a 13-0 run, giving USF a 42-28 lead with 14:34 remaining in the game. But the Pilots rattled off 23 of the game's next 31 finished off with a 3-pointer by Jared Stohl to take a 51-50 lead with 7:40 left.

USF coach Eddie Sutton won his 801st career game.

Santa Clara - 66
Loyola Marymount - 46

LOS ANGELES (AP) - John Bryant scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Santa Clara to a 66-46 victory Monday over Loyola Marymount.

Bryant scored four of the Broncos' (13-12, 5-5) first points to spark a 10-0 run to open the game, scored 13 consecutive points in a nearly four minute stretch and accounted for 23 of his team's 34 second-half points.

The rest of the Broncos shot a collective 12-of-30, with Brody Angley scoring 12 points.

Tim Diederichs scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half to lead LMU scorers, followed by Orlando Johnson with 10 points and Marko Deric with 10 off the bench. The Lions missed their first five shots in falling behind 10-0 in the game's first 4:07 and trailed 32-19 at the half.