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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 19, 2006

Gonzaga - 92
Texas-San Antonio - 48

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Derek Raivio scored 21 points as Gonzaga routed Texas-San Antonio 92-48 on Sunday to extend its home winning streak to 42, the longest in the nation.

Gonzaga (4-0) will travel to New York City on Wednesday to play No. 2 North Carolina (3-0) in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Texas-San Antonio (1-3) was paced by junior college transfer Isaiah Allen, who scored 22.

Junior college transfer Abdullahi Kuso scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Gonzaga, which gave its bench players a lot of minutes. Josh Heytvelt added 10 points

The game was a blowout early and the Roadrunners never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Gonzaga dominated the rebounding by a 49-26 margin.

The Zags were 26-of-39 free throws, compared to 7-of-14 for the Roadrunners.

Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes scored six points as Gonzaga built a 19-6 lead. After a goaltending call gave the Roadrunners a basket, Raivio hit a pair of 3-pointers to ignite a 12-0 Gonzaga run for a 31-8 lead.

Eight points by Allen brought the Roadrunners to within 37-21, but Raivio scored seven points during a 10-0 Gonzaga run for a 47-21 lead.

Gonzaga led 51-29 at halftime, behind 17 points by Raivio.

Allen, who was roundly booed every time he touched the ball after making some celebratory gestures to the vocal Gonzaga crowd, had 15 points in the first half.

Gonzaga officials announced Sunday that highly touted transfer student Micah Downs had a pin inserted in his injured foot and will miss the entire season. Downs transferred from Kansas last season and was not eligible to play until December. He injured his foot during preseason practice. Downs was a McDonald's All-American at Juanita High School in Seattle.

Gonzaga has 42 straight home wins, dating to a loss to Portland on Feb. 19, 2003. Gonzaga has never lost in the 3-year old McCarthey Athletic Center, winning all 30 games there.

LMU - 83
Cal State Bakersfield - 75

Los Angeles, CA - The Loyola Marymount University men's basketball team lead from wire-to-wire as they defeated Cal State Bakersfield 83-75 at Gersten Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. The Lions, playing in their third game in six days, led by as many as 16 to win their third straight at home to improve to 3-1 on the season.

Senior Matthew Knight had his first double-double of the season with 26 points and 16 rebounds in 36 minutes to lead the Lions. It is Knight's 20th career double-double, tying Ime Oduok for fifth all-time in LMU history. Senior Brandon Worthy added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists while junior Jon Ziri had his best game of the season with 12 points and nine rebounds.

"We took care of business tonight against a very good team in Cal State Bakersfield," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "Matty was very tough on the block and we did a good job at times in running our offense through him. We still have things to work on but this was a good win for us."

The Lions jumped out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back. They led by as many as 16 in the second half as Cal State Bakersfield, who falls to 0-3, cut the lead to seven with a minute remaining but could get no closer.

LMU finished shooting 52 percent for the game, their best of the season, while holding the Roadrunners to just 41 percent. LMU held a 46-35 rebounding edge over CSUB who went just 14-for-33 from the free throw line in a game that featured 53 fouls. The Lions went 24-for-38.

Junior Damian Martin had eight points and six rebounds while senior John Montgomery added seven points in the win.

The Lions will play their next six games away from home, starting with the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout running Nov. 22 - Nov. 25. The Lions will open with host Alaska Anchorage on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 8:30 p.m. The game will be on ESPN2.

Portland - 76
UC Davis - 72

PORTLAND, Ore. - Ben Sullivan and Jamie Jones combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds to lift the Portland Pilots to a 76-72 victory over the UC Davis Aggies Sunday afternoon at the Chiles Center. Sherrard Watson led all scorers with 21 points, establishing a career-high for the second straight game.

Coming off of a 59-53 win over Montana State on Friday, the Pilots (2-3) improved to 2-0 on their home court despite missing numerous key players again on Sunday.

Sullivan, who had 12 points and 14 boards on Friday, tallied his second double-double in as many games with 16 points and 10 rebounds, including two crucial putbacks in the closing minutes to give the Pilots momentum.

After leading most the game, Portland found itself trailing 57-54 with 7:46 remaining. That's when Sullivan and Jones took over. Sullivan made a three-point play to tie the game and added a pair of putbacks to give Portland a 63-57 lead. Jones also had three layups, four rebounds and a blocked shot in the final six minutes, helping ignite a 13-1 run and give the Pilots their largest margin at 70-58.

The Aggies (0-4) made it interesting with a pair of three-pointers in the final minute to cut the margin to four, but Portland made four free throws in the closing seconds to maintain the victory.

Jones also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including 11 points and eight boards in the second period.

Watson, whose previous career-high was six points prior to his 20-point outbreak on Friday, finished with 21 on 9-for-15 shooting from the field.

"The coaches have been telling me to take shots when I get them," Watson said. "The last couple years, that wasn't my role. This year, with other players being out it's given me the opportunity to step my game up and the coaches just want me to play a bigger role (on offense)."

Sophomore point guard Brian McTear set a career-high with nine assists, navigating UC Davis' relentless full court pressure admirably.

"They make it hard to play your style," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said, regarding the up-tempo, full court pressing system that UC Davis plays. "Sometimes you have to go with it, be aggressive and take advantage of high percentage shots. I think we turned it over more than we'd have liked, but we were able to execute fairly well."

Portland shot 52 percent from the field and held the Aggies to 42 percent shooting. The Pilots struggled at the foul line, making just 13 of 24 attempts.

A 42-24 edge in points in the paint and 11-1 margin in second chance points was the difference for the Pilots.

Portland held a 34-29 halftime lead, fueled by defensive intensity which led to five player control fouls on UC Davis and 33 percent shooting from the Aggies.

"We did a great job of guarding them in the first half," Reveno said. "Getting five charges in one half, that's the type of energy and effort we need to be successful."

The Pilots will now hit the road for three games beginning at Brigham Young on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. (PST). Portland returns to the Rose City to play at Portland State on Nov. 27 and will be in Pullman, Wash. on Nov. 29 to take on Washington State.