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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 27, 2006

San Francisco - 82
Northern Arizona - 73

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - Alan Wiggins Jr. scored a season-high 23 points and Antonio Kellogg added 18, helping San Francisco to an 82-73 win over Northern Arizona on Monday night.

Manny Quezada added 14 points and five assists for the Dons (3-3), who ended a three-game losing streak that included road losses at top-ranked Ohio State and UNLV.

The Dons start a four game roadtrip Wednesday night at Pacific in a game televised on Comcast Sports Net at 7:30 p.m.

Tyrone Bazy scored 23 points and Ruben Boykin Jr. added 14 points and 11 rebounds to pace Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks (3-3), defending Big Sky champions, had previously lost to Kansas and Arizona.

San Francisco led by 13 early in the second half but couldn't shake Northern Arizona, which closed within 78-73 on Stephen Sir's 3-pointer with 53 seconds remaining before Wiggins and Armondo Surratt each hit a pair of free throws to close out the win for the Dons.

The two teams meet again on Dec. 5 in Arizona.

San Francisco shot 71.4 percent in the first half but needed a late surge to pull away from the Lumberjacks. Leading just 38-36, the Dons went on a 10-2 run over the final 2:30 of the first half to take control and break open what had been a close game.

Wiggins had 17 points in the first half, but it was Kellogg who provided San Francisco with the biggest spark. He had 16 points and four assists in the opening 20 minutes and had a key steal off Sir near midcourt that led to an easy layup to cap the Dons' late run.

Sir, who entered the game tied for third in career 3-point percentage, finished with 13 points but was just 3 of 12 from 3-point range

Santa Clara - 71
San Jose State - 53

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Newcomer Josh Higgins scored 16 points without missing a shot, and Santa Clara kept crosstown rival San Jose State winless with a 71-53 victory on Monday night.

Danny Pariseau had 15 points and eight assists, and Sean Denison added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Broncos (3-2), who have won nine of the last 10 meetings between these schools located about 7 miles apart in Silicon Valley.

Higgins went 8-for-8 in the 7-foot transfer's first big game for Santa Clara, which had lost consecutive games to California and Nevada. The Broncos never trailed San Jose State after opening with an 11-2 run and holding the Spartans to 25.5 percent shooting.

Tim Pierce scored a career-high 23 points for the Spartans, who fell to 0-5 after going 6-25 in coach George Nessman's debut season.

Higgins, a junior transfer from Western Kentucky who sat out last season as a redshirt, scored 12 points in the first half -- more than he managed in any full game during two seasons with the Hilltoppers. The bulky center mostly scored on fluid low-post moves, but also hit a pair of smooth jumpers.

Higgins should be an intriguing partner for John Bryant, the Broncos' 305-pound starting center, during West Coast Conference play.

Santa Clara steamed to a 35-22 halftime lead by holding San Jose State to 4-of-24 shooting, though the Spartans hit 11 free throws. Pierce, an Arizona State transfer, scored 12 points in the first half and hit three of his team's four field goals -- just two more than the 1937 school record.

San Jose State never got closer than 13 points in the second half despite the efforts of Pierce, who traded digs with Santa Clara's rowdy student section after hitting one of his five 3-pointers late. The Spartans still haven't played a home game this season.

Portland State - 69
Portland - 53

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland State Vikings defeated the Portland Pilots 69-53 on Monday night at the Stott Center. The Vikings (4-2) won their third straight game, while the Pilots (2-5) fall to 0-5 in road and neutral site games.

Sophomore forward Jamie Jones recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Pilots. Sophomore guard Walter Thompson scored a team-high 16 points.

PSU senior forward Juma Kamara led all scorers with 17 points, while junior center Scott Morrison and junior guard Deonte Huff added 15 and 10, respectively for the Vikings.

A lackluster offensive performance again hampered the Pilots on Monday. Portland entered the game shooting 39 percent from the field and struggled to 36 percent shooting for the game. Portland also made just 5 of 20 three-point attempts.

PSU, meanwhile, shot 43 percent from the field and made 7 of 25 three-pointers. The Vikings gained a 10-point edge from the foul line, making 16 of 25 attempts to Portland's 6-for-9.

"I thought we defended well in the first half," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "It puts so much pressure on your defense if you can't score though. Again, we let missed shots affect other parts of our game tonight and we have got to learn to play through those stretches."

Leading 9-7 early, Portland went scoreless over a 7:18 stretch and the Vikings gained an eight point first-half lead at 22-14 with 7:16 remaining in the half. Portland was able whittle the deficit to 31-27 at the break.

The offense again sputtered early in the second half as PSU used a 12-2 run to gain a 51-35 lead with 10:08 remaining. Portland would get no closer than 11 points down the stretch.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Pilots as they will travel to Pullman, Wash. on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against the undefeated Washington State Cougars (6-0). Portland returns home to host UC Santa Barbara (4-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m.