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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 20, 2006

Loyola Chicago - 69
San Diego - 55

Chicago, IL- Leon Young posted his first double-double of the season to help lead host Loyola University Chicago (4-1) to a hard-fought, 69-55 victory over San Diego (2-2) tonight at the Gentile Center. The victory is the Ramblers' ninth straight at home versus a non-league foe.

The Toreros, who defeated Loyola 90-57 last season in San Diego, raced out to an early 10-3 lead before the Ramblers scored 11 unanswered points to seize a 14-10 advantage they would never surrender. After a USD basket, Loyola went on a 14-2 run to take a 28-14 lead with 9:33 left in the half.

In the second half, San Diego would close the gap to 46-43 with 9:43 left to go, but Blake Schilb tallied a conventional three-point play to ignite a 9-0 Rambler run that gave LU control of the contest.

Schilb, who was held without a field goal for the only time in his career in last year's meeting with San Diego, posted a game-high 18 points, 10 of which came from the foul line, and added three rebounds and three steals. Young notched his first double-double since Feb. 18, with 17 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, while J.R. Blount reached double figures for the seventh straight contest, tallying 12 points.

The two teams combined for 46 turnovers in the contest and the Loyola defense held the Toreros in check to just 38 percent shooting from the field. San Diego received 16 points from Brandon Johnson, 14 points from Ross DeRogatis, and 11 points plus 9 boards from Gyno Pomare. The Toreros continue their road schedule this Sunday at Texas-San Antonio.

Ohio State - 82
San Francisco - 60

Columbus, OH - Daequan Cook scored 20 points and Ron Lewis added 15 as third ranked Ohio State (5-0) ran by USF (2-2) 82-60 before 14,592 Monday night in Columbus, Ohio.

The Dons dropped their second straight as the Buckeyes dominated the boards 46-31 with the home team pulling 19 offensive boards.

USF was paced by 15 points by Armondo Surratt and 13 by Alan Wiggins, Jr. Guards Antonio Kellogg and Manny Quezada added 11 points each. Freshman Jay Watkins led the Dons with 10 rebounds. The Dons also made 14 turnovers to just 6 by the home team.

The Dons were done in by Buckeye runs in each half, a 17-5 run that gave Ohio State a 38-23 lead in the first half and a 15-0 run in the second half that took the lead to 64-38.

"Ohio State is a top team and they played very well tonight," said Dons head coach Jessie Evans. "They played well defensively and surprised us with their defense and their players length and quickness. We still have a team that is still trying to learn to play together and this was a tough environment to do that. I thought that we were a little impatient on offense."

"Ohio State has a very good team and really are playing well as a unit. But we play a lot of really tough teams on our schedule. It doesn't get much easier. We play a lot of difficult games on the road. We are still trying to get our injured players back on the floor and put things together.

Ohio State had averaged a 25 point margin in its previous four games entering tonight. The Buckeyes bench outscored the USF bench 32 to eight.

The Dons continue this two game road swing with a contest at UNLV Saturday evening before hosting Northern Arizona Monday night.

USF trailed at the half 45-29 after the Buckeyes went on a 17-5 run starting at the eight minute mark and extending to about eight minutes in the period.

Dons senior guard Armondo Surratt kept the Dons in the ballgame by scoring USF's first 11 points and would up with 13 at the break, with teammate Manny Quezada adding eight points. USF shot 40.7% before intermission.

The game was a return contest of USF's 76-65 upset of the Buckeyes at War Memorial Gymnasium on November 21, 2004. Only two current players, Alan Wiggins, Jr. of USF and Ivan Harris of Ohio State, played ion that contest and both head coaches have been replaced since that game.

The Dons will begin a wild post Thanksgiving schedule on Saturday when they play at UNLV. They return to the Bay Area where they host Northern Arizona Monday then play at Pacific Wednesday. USF gets right back on the road to Las Cruces, New Mexico to play in the Lou Henson Classic against SE Louisiana on Friday, December 1 and vs. host New Mexico on Saturday on December 2. The Dons play a total of five games in eight days before closing their pre finals schedule at Northern Arizona on December 5th.

Notes: USF wore its new gold uniforms for the first time this season....The game the first of five USF men's games to be televised on Comcast Sports Net, the next is at Pacific a week from Wednesday...USF was still without injured Johnny Dukes, Vince Polakovic and Danny Cavic.

Cal - 73
Santa Clara - 48

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Santa Clara Broncos fell on Monday night 73-48 to the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion as Ryan Anderson had a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bears. Santa Clara drops to 2-1 on the season. Sean Denison continued his strong play as he scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds for SCU. Brody Angley scored eight points and also had seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Santa Clara started off the game strongly moving out to a 14-7 lead behind the inside play of Sean Denison and John Bryant, along with some good outside shooting. However, SCU could not slow the Bears for long as Cal went on a 23-4 run to close the half, taking a 38-24 lead into the locker room.

For the game Santa Clara went just 2-for-18 from 3-point range and shot 33.3 percent for the game in losing for the first time this season.

Santa Clara, picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference, had come off a 83-72 win over Utah. The Broncos patiently worked their halfcourt offense against the Bears and took an early 20-15 lead.

Cal, which gave up 56 second-half points in an 86-79 loss to San Diego State on Saturday, kept Santa Clara quiet from that point on, however, and allowed only two more field goals the rest of the first half.

With the defense holding the Broncos in check, the Bears broke out of their offensive slump with a 23-4 run over the final 7:30 minutes of the first half. Ayinde Ubaka had seven points during the run and fed Devon Hardin for a one-handed alley-oop dunk to put Cal ahead 38-24.

The Broncos return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 25 as they host the Nevada Wolfpack at the Leavey Center. Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m. PT as SCU begins a three-game homestand with the defending Western Athletic Conference champions.