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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 24, 2007

Gonzaga - 86
San Francisco - 79 (OT)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Bouldin and Derek Raivio scored 21 points apiece, and Gonzaga kept its West Coast Conference title hopes alive with an 86-79 overtime victory over San Francisco on Saturday.

Micah Downs added 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-10, 10-3), who opened their final trip of the regular season with the ninth win in their last 10 trips to San Francisco.

Bouldin missed a potential go-ahead free throw with 6 seconds left in regulation, but Gonzaga took charge with a 10-2 run to open overtime. Raivio hit six of Gonzaga's 10 free throws in a 20-point extra period as the Bulldogs closed out their second straight win after losing three of their previous four.

Still, Gonzaga doesn't control its chances for yet another No. 1 conference tournament seed. The Bulldogs, who have won or shared the last six West Coast regular-season titles, probably would be top-seeded only if they win Monday at San Diego, while Santa Clara - which played later Saturday - loses its last two games.

Gonzaga still would share the conference title with a win at San Diego and one loss by Santa Clara.

Antonio Kellogg had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Dons (12-17, 7-6), who still will get a top-four seed in next week's conference tournament despite their dismal preseason. Manny Quezada added 21 points, and Johnny Dukes had 15 in San Francisco's second straight loss.

Kellogg, who didn't play in the Dons' trip to Gonzaga last month for academic reasons, hit six 3-pointers and got his club in position for an upset before San Francisco's offense fell apart late in regulation.

Raivio coolly hit a running 3-pointer from midcourt at the halftime buzzer to put Gonzaga ahead 38-34. But the Bulldogs struggled offensively throughout the second half, and Quezada banked in a 3-pointer from three steps behind the line with 2:42 left in regulation put the Dons ahead 66-63.

Neither team could score again until Raivio hit two free throws with 45 seconds left. Bouldin had a chance to put Gonzaga ahead on two free throws with 6 seconds left - but he missed his second shot, and Kellogg couldn't get off a shot at the regulation buzzer.

Raivio struggled to a 4-for-15 shooting performance, but was perfect on 10 free throws. Abdullahi Kuso had eight points and 11 rebounds.

LMU - 67
Santa Clara - 66

Los Angeles, CA - Senior Adoyah Miller hit a 19-footer with five seconds remaining to lift Loyola Marymount to a 67-66 win over Santa Clara in West Coast Conference play in front of 2,980 at Gersten Pavilion Saturday night. The Lions improve to 13-16 overall and 5-8 in the WCC while Santa Clara falls to 20-8 overall and 10-3 in the WCC, two of the losses to LMU.

The Lions improve to 3-1 against the leagues top two teams in Gonzaga and Santa Clara. Playing in their first home game since knocking the Zags from first place on Feb. 5, the Lions did it to the Broncos who are now tied with the Bulldogs for the top spot in the WCC with one game left in the regular season.

"Santa Clara is a very good team and this was a very good win for us and for our confidence," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "If we do what we are capable of doing, running our offense and taking care of the ball, we can be a good team."

Senior Matthew Knight finished with 17 points and nine rebounds while Marko Deric added 15 points and five rebounds. John Montgomery finished with 12 points and five assists. Miller finished with nine points, his first game not hitting double digits since the first game of conference play on Jan. 6. However, he hit the shot when the Lions needed it. LMU trailed by five, 66-61 with 1:51 remaining when senior John Montgomery hit a jumper to cut it to 66-63.

Montgomery continued his clutch free throw shooting with a pair with 44 second remaining to make it a one-point game, 66-65. The Lions defense forced the Broncos into a backcourt violation with 22 seconds remaining to give the Lions the last shot.

Miller took the ball at the top of the key and with eight seconds remaining, drove to his left and pulled up and drilled the 19-footer with his foot on the three-point line. Brody Angley drove the length of the court with one last shot but his lay-in went off the front of the rim and Matthew Knight grabbed the rebound.

"We were looking to get the best shot, we just need a point," said Tention. "Miller is a guy we want to take shots. That was a tough shot, but would rather him do that than try to force a bad pass. We just needed a bucket."

The Lions led for most of the second half, going up seven with 8:25 remaining on Jon Ziri's two free throws. However, Santa Clara would go on a 11-0 run to take a 59-55 lead with 5:18 remaining on a John Bryant laying. Bryant led all scorers with 20 points. LMU would answer and tie it with 4:58 on the clock with a pair of Montgomery free throws.

"That is a good team, and good teams will make a run," said Tention. "We kept fighting and we didn't get frustrated. It comes back to defense. We dug in, forced them into some stops and stayed in the game."

A three-pointer by Angley and another Byant layin made it 66-61 to set-up the finish.The Lions forced Santa Clara into 16 turnovers while making just 11 themselves.

LMU will finish the regular season with Saint Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 26 on ESPNU. Tip-off for the game is 8 p.m.

Saint Mary's - 97
Pepperdine - 72

Malibu, CA - Tron Smith had a career-high 23 points and Brett Collins had a game high 25 points to lead the Saint Mary's men's basketball to a 97-72 road win over the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday night from the Firestone Fieldhouse. The win by the Gaels avenged an earlier season loss to the Waves.

En route to his career-high 23 points, Smith connected on a career-high 9-of-15 shots from the floor and a hit a career-best three 3-pointers. Smith scored 11 of SMC's first 27 points. Smith's best performance of the season was only topped by another career night for a Gael. Collins connected on a career-high seven 3-pointers. Collins connected on 9-of-15 shots overall, but went 7-of-11 from beyond the arc.

With the win, sixth-year head coach Randy Bennett earned his 100th victory at Saint Mary's, becoming just the second head coach in the history of the program to reach 100 wins. James Weaver holds the record with 110 career wins in seven seasons, from 1955-62.

After the Gaels (15-14/7-6 WCC) here held to less that 50 points in losses to Gonzaga and Portland, Saint Mary's has topped the 90 point mark in each of the last two games. For the first time since the 1996-97 season, Saint Mary's posted back-to-back 90-point outings.

The Gaels had their best shooting night of the season, connecting on a season-high 59 percent (36-51) shooting from the floor. SMC made a season-high 11 threes against Pepperdine (7-22/3-10 WCC), and the 55 percent (11-20) shooting from behind the arc marked just the second time the team shot better than 50 percent from 3-point land.

Including Smith and Collins' big nights, five players finished in double figures for the Gaels. Diamon Simpson finished with 16 points, Omar Samhan had 12 and Wayne Hunter added 10. Todd Golden, who just missed a triple-double in the last game, matched Simpson for game-high honors with eight rebounds.

Saint Mary's got off to a quick start, taking a 14-4 lead on a 3-pointer by Smith and the Gaels and never looked back. Pepperdine did cut the Gaels' lead to 27-23 on a three-point play by Willie Galick at the 7:52 mark of the first half. Saint Mary's then rallied and scored 25 points over the final 7:45 of the first half to take a commanding 52-33 at the intermission.

During the final seven minutes and change of the first, Collins caught fire and scored 11 points in the final 2:38 of the half to lead the Gaels in scoring at halftime. Collins, who hit 4-of-6 threes in the first half, had 14 points at the break and was one of four players to score in double figures in the first 20 minutes. Simpson and Smith had 12 points at the break, and Samhan had 10.

Saint Mary's remained hot in the second half, as it took its biggest lead of the game at 29 points (79-50), when Collins hit a 3-pointer sixth three of the game at the 9:49 mark and then made his seventh three with 5:53 left in the game. The school record for threes made in a game is eight, which his held by David Sivulich and Eric Schraeder.

Four players scored in double figures for Pepperdine as Willie Galick paced the Waves with 14 points. Blake Wallace came off the bench to score 13, Chase Griffin had 12 and Jarrad Henry added 10 points.

Saint Mary's will play its final regular season game on Monday night when the Gaels play at Loyola Marymount. The game between SMC and the Lions will tip-off at 8 p.m. from the Gersten Pavlion and can be seen on ESPNU.

San Diego - 82
Portland - 76

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Nir Cohen scored 23 points and Ross DeRogatis hit a pair of key 3-pointers to lift San Diego to an 82-76 victory over Portland on Saturday.

DeRogatis sank a 3-point shot to give San Diego (16-12, 6-7 West Coast) its first lead since midway through the first half at 64-61 at the 7:20 mark. The senior then made another 3 to put the Toreros ahead 67-61.

Brandon Johnson sealed the win with a long 3-pointer as the shot clock expired for a 78-73 lead with 26 seconds remaining.

DeRogatis, who made four free throws in the final 14 seconds, finished with 18 points. Cohen, who finished one point shy of his career high, hit 4-of-6 shots from 3-point range. Gyno Pomare added 17 points.

Portland (8-21, 4-9) lost for the 12th time in 13 road games after taking a 40-38 halftime lead while shooting 59 percent.

Sherrard Watson led Portland with 21 points, Ben Sullivan added 16 and Jamie Jones had 15. The Pilots shot 40.7 percent in the second half, including only 2-for-9 from 3-point range.