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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 26, 2006

Gonzaga - 76
Idaho - 51

SPOKANE, WA - With Gonzaga playing at home, it did not matter that it lost its previous game.

Derek Raivio scored 24 points and Josh Heytvelt added 16 as the No. 23 Bulldogs extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 43 games with a 76-51 victory over Idaho.

Gonzaga (6-1) was coming off its first loss of the season after falling behind by as many as 18 points en route to a 79-71 setback against fellow mid-major Butler in the final of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday.

The Bulldogs have also won six straight games at downtown Veterans Memorial Arena since the streak began on February 22, 2003, to extend the streak to 49 in games played in Spokane.

After a tight opening 4 1/2 minutes, Raivio had six points in a 15-4 spurt that gave the Bulldogs a 24-14 advantage with 8:48 to play.

Raivio finished with 16 points in the first half as that advantage was increased to 43-28 at intermission.

Heytvelt, who pulled down 11 rebounds, had six points, in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Jeremy Pargo hit a 3-pointer and a jumper during that stretch and David Pendergraft had a layup to extend the lead to 58-35 with 10 minutes remaining.

Mario Mackey and Keoni Watson scored 11 points each for the Vandals (2-4), who shot 39 percent (20-of-52) and committed 16 turnovers.

Cal Poly - 72
Saint Mary's - 59

San Luis Obispo, CA - Omar Samhan scored a career-high 17 points to lead Saint Mary's, but it wasn't enough as the Gaels suffered a 72-59 loss on the road to the Cal Poly Mustangs in front of 1,421 fans at the Mott Gymnasium on Sunday. The loss drops the Gaels' record to 4-3 while Cal Poly improves to 3-2 on the year.

After SMC scored the first two points of the game on free throws by Simpson, Cal Poly used an 11-0 run to open a nine-point lead at the 16:48 mark and never trailed the rest of the way. The Gaels cut the deficit to 13-8, but CP scored five straight points to open the lead to 18-8 at the 13:22 mark of the first half, and that would be the closed the Gaels would get all night.

Cal Poly continued to pressure the Gaels and forced nine first-half turnovers and allowed the Mustangs to open its lead to 32-16 with 2:30 left in the first half. Saint Mary's would rally for a quick 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 32-22 following Omar Samhan's sixth basket of the half with 28 seconds left. Cal Poly would enter the locker room with a 13-point (35-22) lead following a Dawin Whiten 3-pointer with three ticks remaining on the first-half clock.

Cal Poly, which entered the game shooting 27 percent from 3-point land, shot 55 percent from behind the arc, making 5-of-9 3-pointers in the first half.

Samhan finished the first half with 12 points and six rebounds to lead the Gaels at the break. Samhan shot 7-of-12 for the game and made all three of his free throws en route to his career and game-high 17-point output. The only other player to finish in double figures for the Gaels was Tron Smith, who had 11 points.

Saint Mary's shot 32 percent from the field and 14 percent from three to post the lowest point total at halftime since Jan. 25, 2003 when SMC netted 22 points against Santa Clara. The last time SMC played at Cal Poly (1/24/01), the Mustangs held the Gaels to 18 first half points, the second lowest halftime total in the Bennett era.

Saint Mary's opened the second half with more energy and cut the Cal Poly lead to single digits (40-31) following a back-door cut and lay up by Diamon Simpson with 16:58 left to play. The Mustangs went on a 10-3 run to bring their lead back to 16 points (50-34) following two free throws by Dreshawn Vance with 12:13 remaining.

SMC used a 7-2 run over the next two minutes to lead back to 52-41, but Cal Poly had a 12-4 run to extend its lead 66-45. The 21-point lead, following a Trae Clark 3-pointer with 3:19 left to play, was the biggest of the game for the Mustangs.

Cal Poly had three players score in double figures with Tyler McGinn scoring a team-high 16 points. Vance had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards and Titus Shelton added 10 points.

Saint Mary's will return home on Wednesday, Nov. 29 when the Gaels host the San Jose State Spartans. The game between SMC and San Jose State will tip-off at 7:05 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.

Texas San Antonio - 64
San Diego - 49

SAN ANTONIO, TX -Melvin Smith scored a game-high 20 points to lead Texas-San Antonio to a 64-49 win over San Diego on Sunday.

Smith was 9-of-12 from the field. Aldric Reynolds added 12 points, and Keith Spencer grabbed 11 rebounds for the Roadrunners (2-4).

Ross DeRogatis led San Diego with 13 points. Brandon Johnson and Chris Lewis scored 11 apiece for San Diego (2-3).

San Diego was plagued by poor shooting, hitting only 24.5 percent from the field for the game. The Toreros went 5-of-23 shooting in the first half.

The Roadrunners led 24-19 at the break.