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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 14, 2006

Gonzaga - 88
Rice - 50

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Sophomore Josh Heytvelt scored 25 points as Gonzaga routed Rice 88-50 in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Spokane Arena on Tuesday night.

Heytvelt, who scored 22 in the season opener for Gonzaga (2-0), continued to make Zags fans forget the early departure of Adam Morrison to the NBA.

Morris Almond, the leading scorer in Conference USA last year with an average of 21.9 points per game, was held to 13 points for Rice (1-1). The Owls had beaten Paul Quinn 118-66 in their season opener last week.

Greg Killings led Rice with 18 points.

Heytvelt scored 10 quick points as Gonzaga jumped to a 25-8 lead. The Bulldogs led 42-28 at halftime, after holding Rice to just 11-of-31 shooting for 35 percent in the first.

A 16-2 Gonzaga run early in the second gave them a 58-32 lead. After Rice scored seven straight points, the Zags replied with a 13-0 run - seven by Heytvelt - for a 71-39 lead.

While the Spokane Arena is a neutral court, Gonzaga has won 46 consecutive games in its home city of Spokane, including 41 straight on its home court and five straight in the arena. The last time they lost in Spokane was at home on Feb. 19, 2003, to Portland.

The poorly-promoted game drew less than 7,000 in the 11,000-seat Spokane Arena, even though Gonzaga home games have been sold out for years.

This is the first time Rice and Gonzaga have played.

Gonzaga plays Baylor (2-0) on Wednesday, with the winner earning a trip to New York City for the Nov. 22 semifinals. Rice plays Colorado State (1-1).

Pepperdine - 98
Nicholls State - 83

Seattle, Wash. - Senior guard Marvin Lea scored a career-high tying 22 points and Pepperdine set school records for most three-point field goals made and attempted as the Waves defeated Nicholls State 98-83 and handed first-year head coach Vance Walberg his initial Division I win Tuesday night at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Washington.

Pepperdine concluded the Basketball Travelers with a 1-2 record and in the process snapped a 10-game road losing streak dating back to last season. Nicholls State dropped to 0-4 on the year.

One night after struggling from the field, the Waves came out with the hot hand, connecting on eight of their first 12 three-point attempts to build a 13-point lead and never looked back.

Pepperdine established single-game records for most three-point field goals made (21) and attempted (43) while also setting a new mark for most three-point field goals made in a half (12). The Waves finished the contest shooting 48.9 percent from behind the arc.

Lea was one of four Waves players to finish in double figures as he was joined by junior guard Kingsley Costain (20), senior guard Chase Griffin (16) and senior guard Jason Walberg (15).

Pepperdine led by as many as 24 points in the second half before Nicholls State went on a late run to close the deficit to 10 points with under two minutes remaining.

Junior guard Adonis Gray scored a game-high 33 points to lead all scorers for Nicholls State.

The Waves led 47-43 at halftime. Pepperdine made 17 of 38 (44.7) field goal attempts, including 12 of 27 (44.4) from behind the three-point arc.

The 12 first-half three-point field goals eclipsed the previous mark of 10 accomplished against North Carolina (Jan. 3, 1989) and Santa Clara (Feb. 23, 2002).

Walberg led Pepperdine in the first half with 12 points while Lea added nine for the Waves.

Pepperdine held a halftime lead despite going to the free throw line just two times and Nicholls State making 17 of 20 attempts from the foul line.

Gray paced the Colonels with 19 points in the first half to lead all scorers.

Pepperdine returns to action on Saturday when it visits Cal State Northridge at the Matadome beginning at 2 p.m.

San Francisco - 89
Sacramento State - 64

Sacramento, CA - Alan Wiggins, Jr. scored 21 points and pulled 13 rebounds and Manny Quezada added 20 points as the USF Dons trailing at halftime ran off the first 23 points of the second half and coasted to an 89-64 win over Sacramento State Tuesday night.

The Dons (2-0) shot an incredible 78.6 percent in the second half dropping 22 of 28 attempts after intermission. Antonio Kellogg added 16 points and seven assists, Armondo Surratt 14 points and freshman Jay Watkins 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Hornets (1-2) were paced by Alex Bausley's 21 points, but never recovered from USF's second half run.

"After a minor tongue lashing at halftime, our guys played much better defense which created a number of fast break opportunities," said Dons' head Jessie Evans. "It was just our second game of the season, and our first on the road. When we realized we were in for a battle, we stepped it up. Kellogg's seven steals were a big key, it energized the team. Wiggins was dominate on both ends of the floor in the second half and Quezada made some great decisions on transition."

The Dons guards led the way with Quezada seven of nine from the floor, Surratt six of seven and Kellogg six of 11. Alan Wiggins was seven of 11 from the floor and made seven of 10 free throws.

The Dons trailed 34-27 at the half, but ran off the first 21 points after intermission and took a 50-34 lead at the 16 minute timeout. .

USF trailed 34-27 at the half as the Hornets ended the period on an 11-3 run after the Dons held a 24-23 lead.

The Dons were plagued by 12 first half turnovers and made just two of 12 three-point shots, and were outrebounded 23 to 18. Manny Quezada had nine first half points while Antonio Kellogg had seven. Alex Bausley led the Hornets with 12 first half points.

The Dons return home to play Fresno State at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Friday night. It is a nightcap of a doubleheader with the USF women taking on Colorado State at 6:00 p.m in the opener. After that contest, USF goes on the road to play at Ohio State Monday and at UNLV on the 25th.

Santa Clara - 83
Holy Names - 51

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Junior forward Mitch Henke scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Santa Clara to an 83-51 win over Holy Names on Tuesday.

Sean Denison added 12 points and 7-foot center Josh Higgins had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos, who had 11 players score and led by as many as 38 points in the second half.

Marshall Hartman scored 14 points to pace Holy Names, an NAIA school. The Hawks (1-4) shot just 34.6 percent for the game, missed 13 of their first 14 3-point attempts and committed 19 turnovers.

Henke went 4-for-6 from the floor and added four assists while posting the first double-double of his career.

Denison, who has missed 23 games over the past two seasons due to foot injuries, made five of his first seven shots from the floor to pace a Santa Clara team that shot 57.6 percent in the first half. Higgins went 5-for-7 in his first game for the Broncos after sitting out all of 2005 following his transfer from Western Kentucky.

The Broncos, who went 13-16 a year ago, never trailed and dominated the Hawks at both ends of the court, finishing with a 49-22 edge in rebounding.

Santa Clara broke the game open with a 23-2 run in the first half. Sophomore Calvin Johnson started the onslaught with a pair of 3-pointers, and Danny Pariseau finished it with a pair of free throws to put the Broncos ahead 36-9.