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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 21, 2006

Saint Mary's - 74
Texas Christian - 53

MORAGA, Calif. - Omar Samhan scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead St. Mary's to a 74-53 non-conference win over Texas Christian on Tuesday night.

Wayne Hunter had 13 points while Diamon Simpson added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Gaels (4-2), who dominated on the offensive end and held the Horned Frogs to 13 points in the first half.

Neiman Owens had 14 points and seven rebounds for TCU (3-1), which lost its 14th consecutive road game. The Horned Frogs, who were 0-12 on the road last season, have not won on the road in the regular season since a 77-63 victory at Tulane on Feb. 23, 2005.

Samhan, a redshirt freshman, did most of his damage in the first half when St. Mary's took control of the game. The 6-foot-11-inch, 265-pound center scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds to help ignite a 25-0 run that buried the Horned Frogs early.

Samhan went 7-for-10 from the floor.

Coming off a six-point loss to Southern Cal, St. Mary's never gave TCU a chance. The Gaels held the Horned Frogs scoreless for 11:31 minutes of the first half and took a commanding 32-7 lead, helped by seven points from Simpson.

Ryan Wall ended the scoring drought for TCU when he had a driving layup with 5:25 left in the first half. But Samhan answered with back-to-back trips down the floor, helping St. Mary's take a 39-13 halftime lead.

The 13 points matched the second-fewest scored in one half in TCU history. The Horned Frogs committed 13 turnovers, shot 5 of 25 from the floor and were just 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

This was just the second meeting between the two schools. St. Mary's beat the Horned Frogs, 65-57, in Texas last year.

UC Santa Barbara - 89
Pepperdine - 80

MALIBU, Calif. - Chris Devine had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Alex Harris scored 27 as the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos beat the Pepperdine Waves 89-80 in double overtime Tuesday night.

With a 7-0 run in the second overtime, the Gauchos (4-0) outscored the Waves 17-8 in the final five-minute period.

Pepperdine's Jason Walberg hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation, then hit another to close out the first overtime.

Walberg finished with 17. James Powell added 18 points for Santa Barbara, which went 26 of 33 from the foul line.

Pepperdine sank 16 of 22 free throws. Kingsley Costain hit six 3-pointers and tied a career-high of 20 points for the Waves (1-4).