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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 12, 2007

San Diego - 87
Cal State Monterey Bay - 76

San Diego, CA - The USD Toreros improved to 2-0 with tonight's 87-76 win over visiting Cal State University Monterey Bay at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. San Diego will put their 2-0 record on the line this Saturday when they host the UNLV Running Rebels in a 6 pm contest at the JCP. Junior forward Ray Murdock scored a career-high 19 points as he made 7-of-9 shots from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Four other Toreros reached double digit scoring, including guard Brandon Johnson and forward Chris Lewis, each with 16 points. The Toreros shot 57.4% from the field for the game and outrebounded the Otters, 38-28.

Midway through the first half the Toreros held just a 15-13 advantage. Over the final 10 minutes USD outscored the Otters, 30-19. Brandon Johnson, who scored a team-best 19 points in the win over Hawaii, scored all of his points tonight in the first half. In the second half San Diego built their lead to as many as 23 on two occasions before the visitors battled back and got to within 11 on numerous occasions, including the final score of 87-76.

Danny Brown (11 points) and Gyno Pomare (10 points) also reached double figures. The Toreros were without the services of three freshmen serving a one-game suspension for breaking team rules - Rob Jones, Trumaine Johnson and Clinton Houston. CSUMB was paced by guards D'Shon Cannon and Augie Johnston, each with 15 points.

Arkansas-Little Rock - 71
LMU - 40

Los Angeles, CA -- The learning process for the Loyola Marymount men's basketball team continues to be a hard one as Arkansas-Little Rock took it to the young Lions early and often to earn a 71-40 victory at Gersten Pavilion on Monday night. The Lions fall to 0-2 on the year when UALR improves to 2-0.

"We are not a good team right now," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "I am at a loss, I just don't know. We are doing noting right except turnover the ball over. We are being very passive. I don't like the excuse that we are a young team anymore. We have to come out and compete."

The attacking, press oriented style of play used by UALR gave the Lions fits from the start as it took the Lions seven minutes to score their first points on an Orlando Johnson layin. It ended a 12-0 run for the Trojans to start the game. It set the tone the rest of the way as the Lions never recovered.

LMU finished with just 13 points in the first half, the fewest since it joined the West Coast Conference over 50 years ago. In the half, the Lions shot just 21.7 percent, had 11 turnovers and were out rebounded 22-7. Senior Jon Ziri was the high scorer with three points.

The second half wasn't much better as the Lions finished the game shooting just 21.2 percent (11-for-52) with 23 turnovers. UALR was 53.1 percent (26-for-49) and had 22 turnovers. UALR finished out rebounding LMU 43-30.

The Lions did not have a player in double digits as freshman Tim Diederichs had nine points and senior Jon Ziri had eight. Ziri also had seven rebounds. Shane Edwards led all scorers with 14.

"Our first two games has been a case where we need to get behind to play with some emotion. Not sure if it is me or if we are not used to the physical nature of the game," said Tention. "No one is going to be sympathetic to the fact that we are young. We are going to have to find a way to win."

The Lions will travel to the BTI Invitational at New Mexico starting on Friday against St. Bonaventure at 4 p.m. (PT). Listen to the game on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.

Pacific - 84
Pepperdine - 76

EUGENE, Ore. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team dropped its third and final game at the World Vision Invitational, falling to Pacific, 84-76, at McArthur Court on Monday.

Three Waves were in double-figures: freshman center Daniel Johnson (Perth, Australia) with 19, junior guard Mike Hornbuckle (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS/Azusa Pacific) with 17 and junior guard Rico Tucker (San Diego, Calif./University HS/Minnesota) with 14.

Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) had his second straight double-digit rebounding game, grabbing 11 to go with seven points.

"I'm encouraged because they're starting to understand more of what of what we want them to do," Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg said. "I'm discouraged because we just weren't tough enough. We have to get on the floor and win loose balls. We're going to get better. We just have to find out who really wants to do it."

The game was won at the foul line, though both teams shot better than 70 percent. Pacific (2-1) went 27-for-36, compared to 17-for-24 for Pepperdine (0-3).

Steffan Johnson fired the Tigers into an early lead, as he hit three three-pointers and scored 13 points in the first five minutes and helped Pacific to a 15-7 advantage. Later, following a deep three-pointer and a lay-up by Hornbuckle, the Waves cut the deficit to two points at 25-23 with less than eight minutes to play. However, a 10-3 run by Pacific allowed the Tigers to match their biggest lead of the first half at nine points at 35-26. Pacific went into halftime with a 38-33 lead.

The Waves got the deficit down to four points several times in the second half, last at 56-52. It was still a five-point game at 59-54 after Tucker's lay-up with 10:03 to play, but a 7-0 Pacific run pushed the lead back up to 66-54 with 8:24 left, and the Waves got no closer than the final eight-point margin.

Pacific's Johnson scored a game-high 32 points, 19 in the first half.

Pepperdine was without senior guard Jason Walberg (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS/Saint Mary's), who played on Sunday with a 103-degree fever and was held out tonight, while senior center Jarrad Henry (Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege HS) missed the entire weekend with a thumb injury. The Waves had only one player - senior guard Tyler Carr (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS/Moorpark CC) - who saw action during the 2006-07 season and was available tonight.

As was the case all weekend, freshmen scored a majority of Pepperdine's points with 43 of the 76 (57 percent).

The Waves will play Pacific for a second time this season on Dec. 8 in Stockton, Calif.

The Waves have their home opener on Saturday (Nov. 17) against Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-WAVE-TIX. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.