March 4, 2006
San Diego - 62
San Francisco - 59
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Nick Lewis scored 17 points to lead San Diego to a 62-59 victory over San Francisco in the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday.
The fifth-seeded Toreros (18-11) advance to meet No. 5 Gonzaga on Sunday in the semifinals. San Francisco (11-17) was seeded fourth.
San Diego led 58-49 with just under six minutes remaining when San Francisco went on a 10-0 scoring spree to go up 59-58 on a layup by Jerome Gumbs.
But a goaltending call on the Dons put San Diego up 60-59 and Nir Cohen sank two free throws to seal the win. Cohen finished with 13 points.
Alan Wiggins led the Dons with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Gumbs scored 11 points for San Francisco in a game marked by poor shooting and turnovers.
San Diego made just 24-of-54 shots from the floor (44 percent), while San Francisco hit 24-of-56 (43 percent).
Corey Belser finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the Toreros. His shot while falling to the floor at the buzzer gave the Toreros a 34-31 halftime lead.
San Francisco built a 28-20 lead on an 8-0 run in the first half, holding San Diego scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes, but Cohen and Lewis led a 7-0 run to go up 29-28 with two minutes remaining before the half.
The Dons turned the ball over 18 times, leading to 22 San Diego points.
San Francisco held the edge in rebounds, 36-32.
Saint Mary's - 76
Santa Clara - 72 (OT)
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Diamon Simpson scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Saint Mary's to a 76-72 overtime victory over Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday.
Third-seeded Saint Mary's (16-11), hit 9 of 12 free throws in overtime to advance to Sunday's semifinal against Loyola Marymount.
After Simpson missed a free throw with 13.6 seconds left in regulation, Santa Clara's Joey Kaempf hit a 3-pointer as time expired to tie it 62-62 and send the game into overtime. Kaempf led all scorers with 21 points, hitting 6 of 9 from beyond the arc.
John Winston had 18 points for the Gaels, Brett Collins added 15 and Todd Golden had 13 for Saint Mary's.
Santa Clara (14-15), the tournament's sixth seed, held Daniel Kickert, Saint Mary's all-time leading scorer, to 5 points.
Brody Angley had 18 points for the Broncos and Travis Niesen added 11. Mitch Henke grabbed nine rebounds for Santa Clara.
Santa Clara trailed for most of the first period, but Kaempf hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:15 minutes to give the Broncos a 31-29 halftime lead.
The Gaels beat Loyola Marymount 82-70 in the final game of the season to tie for second place in the conference, but LMU got the second seed because of a tiebreaker.