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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 15, 2006

Gonzaga - 78
Baylor - 69

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Derek Raivio scored 18 points to lead a balanced Gonzaga attack in a 78-69 victory over cold-shooting Baylor in the West Region championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday in the Spokane Arena.

Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes added 14 points and Josh Heytvelt 13 for Gonzaga (3-0), which had five players score in double figures.

Baylor (2-1) made just 36 percent of its field goals and starting guard Aaron Bruce was 0-for-12, but the Bears managed to hang in for much of the game.

Henry Dugat led the Bears with 16 points, while Curtis Jerrells had 13 and Kevin Rogers added 12.

Gonzaga will play No. 2 North Carolina in New York on Nov. 22 in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Gonzaga jumped to a 16-5 lead as Baylor, made up primarily of freshmen and sophomores, made just 2 of its first 14 shots.

Gonzaga led 39-27 at halftime after making 14-of-26 field goals and all 10 of its free throws. Baylor made just 9-of-36 for 25 percent in the first half, including 1-of-11 from 3-point range.

A pair of monster dunks by Heytvelt keyed a 9-2 run to open the second half that lifted Gonzaga to a 48-29 lead.

Dugat's 3-pointer capped an 11-2 Baylor run that closed Gonzaga's lead to 50-40 with 12 minutes left.

The Zags rebuilt a 15-point lead, but the Bears finally found the range in the closing minutes, making three 3-pointers to pull within 68-59 with 3:11 left. But they could not get closer.

While the Spokane Arena is a neutral court, Gonzaga has won 47 consecutive games in its home city of Spokane, including 41 straight on its home court and six straight in the arena. The last time they lost in Spokane was at home on Feb. 19, 2003, to Portland.

Saint Mary's - 89
Cal State Monterey Bay - 41

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Freshman backup post Omar Samhan had a career-high 15 points, and all 11 Saint Mary's players scored, as the Gaels (3-1) defeated Cal State Monterey Bay 89-41 in a nonconference game Wednesday night.

Saint Mary's established a double-digit lead within eight minutes as Samhan began a 15-0 run with his first basket.

The 48-point margin of victory over Division II Monterey Bay (0-1) was Saint Mary's largest since a 52-point win Nov. 18, 2005, over UC Santa Cruz.

The 6-foot-11 Samhan went 6-of-8 from the floor and hit all three of his free throw attempts. He had six rebounds and had an assist, setting up Yusef Smith for a transition slam after dribbling out of traffic. He also had a block.

Diamon Simpson and Brett Collins both added 12 for Saint Mary's, which led by 50 after an Ian O'Leary 3-pointer in the closing minute.

Saint Mary's used its size advantage to dominate the boards, out-rebounding Monterey Bay 50-32 and to score 36 points from close range in the paint. Saint Mary's shot 56.4 percent for the game, hitting 31 of 55 shots.

John Winston, who missed the season's first three games with an injury, added eight points and five assists for Saint Mary's.

Richard Jenkins, Monterey Bay's leading scorer returning from last year's team, had eight points. Joe Mitchell had seven points, and Dante Green had seven points.