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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 26, 2007

Gonzaga - 74
San Diego - 64

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Micah Downs scored a career-high 20 points to lead Gonzaga to a 74-64 win over San Diego Monday, clinching the Bulldogs' seventh straight West Coast Conference regular-season title.

Jeremy Pargo had 15 points and David Pendergraft added 11 for Gonzaga (21-10, 11-3 West Coast), which finished the regular season one game ahead of Santa Clara, which defeated Pepperdine 89-82.

Downs scored 13 of his points during an 18-5 run in the second half that put the Zags ahead 60-50 with 9:22 left in the game.

Ross DeRogatis scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, for San Diego (16-13, 6-8).

Gyno Pomare scored 12 points and Ray Murdock added 11 for the Toreros.

Pepperdine - 89
Santa Clara - 82 (OT)

MALIBU, Calif. - Seniors Chase Griffin and Shane Griffin turned in career scoring performances to lead Pepperdine to an 89-82 upset overtime victory over West Coast Conference (WCC) co-leader Santa Clara Monday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

After being honored prior to the game on Senior Night, Chase Griffin scored a personal-best 34 points, while Shane Griffin contributed a career-high 10 in his first collegiate start to help deny the Broncos a share of the WCC regular-season title.

Santa Clara's (20-9, 10-4) loss, combined with Gonzaga's 74-64 victory at San Diego Monday night, gave the Bulldogs (21-10, 11-3) the regular-season championship and the top seed at this weekend's WCC Tournament in Portland, Oregon.

Pepperdine finished the regular season with an 8-22 record, including a 4-10 mark in the WCC. The Waves concluded conference action in a tie with Portland (8-22, 4-10) for seventh place and will play San Diego (16-13, 6-8) in the opening round of the WCC Tournament on Friday.

Pepperdine, which led by as many as 13 points early in the second half, had to come from behind late in the game to force overtime. The Broncos led by as many as five points with under five minutes remaining and held a three-point advantage at 75-72 with 16 seconds left following a pair of free throws by Brody Angley.

After a timeout by the Waves, sophomore forward Willie Galick made a lay-up with nine seconds remaining and was fouled on the play. He then sank the free throw to complete the three-point play, tying the game 75-75 and sending it into overtime.

During the extra period, Chase Griffin took over as he scored eight points to seal the win as Pepperdine outscored Santa Clara, 14-7, in overtime.

The Waves held the Broncos without a field goal in the overtime period as all of their points came from the free throw line.

Two games removed from scoring 32 points against Loyola Marymount on February 17, Griffin produced a new career-high as he shot 11 of 16 from the field, including three of five from behind the arc, and made nine of 12 shots from the foul line.

Pepperdine made 15 of 33 shots (45.5 percent) from behind the arc as eight different Waves connected on three-pointers.

Junior guard Kingsley Costain, who scored 12 points, finished four of six from behind the arc.

Santa Clara was led by sophomore center John Bryant, who recorded a double-double with a career-high 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Broncos had their entire starting line-up score in double figures while their bench was held scoreless.

Saint Mary's - 63
Loyola Marymount - 47

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Diamon Simpson scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds to lead St. Mary's to a 63-47 victory over Loyola Marymount in the final game of West Coast Conference play Monday.

The Gaels (16-14, 8-6 West Coast) finished the regular season in third place and will draw a first round bye in the conference tournament Friday.

The Lions (13-17, 5-9) finished in sixth place and will play Portland in the opening round of the tournament.

Simpson made 6-of-11 shots, had five steals and locked four shots for St. Mary's. Wayne Hunter scored 13 points and Brett Collins added 12 for the Gaels.

Shawn Deadwiler led the Lions with eight points.

Simpson scored 10 points in the first half to lead St. Mary's to a 29-18 lead at halftime.

The Gaels went on a 10-2 run to start the second half and extended their lead to 39-20 with 16:39 remaining in the game.

The Lions never got closer than 16 points the rest of the game.

San Francisco - 70
Portland - 67

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Alan Wiggins had 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and Manny Quezada made five free throws in the final 36 seconds to lead San Francisco to a 70-67 win over Portland on Monday night.

USF finishes the West Coast Conference tied for third with Saint Mary's with an 8-6 conference mark. The Dons will be the fourth seed in the tournament and begin play in the WCC tournament in Portland Saturday at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of the first round game between San Diego and Pepperdine.

Wiggins, who moved into 22nd place on the Dons' career-scoring list, had just six points in the first half but came on in the second half to post his eighth double-double of the season and help the Dons avoid an upset at home.

Johnny Dukes had 13 points and seven rebounds for San Francisco (13-17, 8-6 West Coast Conference. Antonio Kellogg added 13 points and five assists while Quezada finished with 14 points and six assists.

Sherrard Watson scored a career-high 27 points for the Pilots (8-22, 4-10), who fell to 1-13 on the road this season under first-year coach Eric Reveno.

The Dons appeared headed for an easy win after taking a 61-51 lead with 3:16 remaining on back-to-back 3-pointers from Quezada. The Pilots didn't go down quietly, however, and were within 69-67 with four seconds left.

Quezada then made one of two free throws to increase San Francisco's lead to three, and Portland failed to get a final shot off before the buzzer.

The Dons, who missed 11 of their first 15 shots overall, were just 4 of 16 from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Pilots, on the other hand, overcame their own shooting problems early and closed out the first half with a 13-4 run to take a 30-28 halftime lead.

San Francisco's offense continued to sputter in the second half and trailed 43-42 when coach Jessie Evans had the Dons briefly go to a full-court press.

Portland struggled against the pressure, committing three quick turnovers while San Francisco went on an 11-0 run to take a 53-43 lead. Dukes had seven points in the run, including an emphatic dunk and 3-pointer.

Darren Cooper, Portland's leading scorer, scored eight points to reach 1,000 for his career but was just 2 of 11 from the floor.