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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 13, 2006

San Diego - 74
UC San Diego - 69

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ross DeRogatis scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the second half and led a key scoring run as San Diego defeated UC San Diego 74-69 Monday night.

DeRogatis scored 14 of his second-half points during a 26-14 run that propelled San Diego into a 68-61 lead with just less than five minutes left. Kyle Price hit a pair of free throws at the 8:09 mark to put the Toreros ahead at 57-56.

DeRogatis capped the run with a 3-pointer.

San Diego (1-1) had to hold off the crosstown Division II Tritons, who cut the lead to 72-69 on Jordan Lawler's basket with 16.5 seconds remaining. Lawler was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, and the Tritons could not get closer.

It was San Diego's 19th win in 20 games against UC San Diego.

UC San Diego, which played the game as an exhibition, took a 34-33 halftime lead on Robby Peters' 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was his fifth 3-pointer.

Peters finished with 17 points, but had just two in the second half.

Gyno Pomare scored 15 points and had four blocked shots for San Diego, which made 26-of-37 free throws.

Northern Iowa - 83
Pepperdine - 58

Seattle, Wash. - Despite a career-high 22 points from senior guard Marvin Lea, the Pepperdine men's basketball team was unable to overcome the hot-shooting and stealth defense of Northern Iowa as the Waves fell 83-58 to the Panthers Monday evening in a second-round game of the Basketball Travelers Classic at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Washington.

The loss dropped Pepperdine to 0-2 on the season while Northern Iowa improved to 2-0. The Waves will conclude tournament play against Nicholls State on Tuesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The combination of hot shooting and a dominating presence on the boards resulted in the one-sided score.

Northern Iowa's zone defense forced the Waves into taking 36 of their 56 field goal attempts from three-point range, eclipsing the previous mark of 32 accomplished two previous times.

Pepperdine finished the contest shooting 35.7 percent (20 of 56) from the field, including 27.8 percent (10 of 36) from behind the arc.

Northern Iowa's size underneath also prevented the Waves from getting second-chance points as they managed just seven offensive rebounds and were out-rebounded by a 41-18 margin for the game.

Northern Iowa was led by sophomore guard Travis Brown who scored 16 points. Senior guard Brooks McKowen added 11 points for the Panthers.

Sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas and junior guard Kingsley Costain finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Northern Iowa finished the game shooting 57.7 percent (30 of 52) from the field, including 75 percent (nine of 12) from three-point range. The Panthers also hit on 14 of 17 (82.4 percent) free throw attempts.

Mississippi State - 61
LMU - 37

Starkville, Miss. - From the opening tip, the Loyola Marymount offense could not get on track as they finish the game hitting just 20 percent from the field in a 61-37 setback to Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Miss., Monday night.

After falling down by as many as 17 in the first half and 13 at the break, the Lions managed to fight back and cut the lead to just five by holding Mississippi State without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes.

The Lions defense caused an MSU drought that went from the final 4:40 of the first half and the first 5:10 of the second half. They managed a mere free throw as LMU cut a 30-17 deficit to 31-26 with 14 minutes remaining.

However, MSU went on a 30-11 run to close the game and LMU's offense never got on track as they managed just 17 points in the first half and 20 in the second half to 1-1 on the season. The Bulldogs didn't shoot much better as they finished at just 40 percent, but improve to 2-0 on the year.

Brandon Worthy had 11 points, going six-for-six from the free throw line. Matthew Knight added 10 points and seven rebounds. It was a rough night from the field for the Lions, as the guards combined to shoot just 4-for-33 from the field.

LMU had several players see there first playing time in their careers as they played two sophomores, Corey Counts and Chris Kanne, and three freshmen, Brad Sweezy, Max Craig and Mason Maynard, the final three minutes of the game as the lead grew to its largest of the night.

Counts had his first three pointer of his career while Craig had his first career field goal.

The Lions return home for Homecoming 2006 when they host New Mexico State on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on CSTV and is the second of 17 TV games this season for LMU.