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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 28, 2007

Pepperdine - 93 (OT)
Northern Arizona - 87

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Pepperdine freshman guard Tyrone Shelley hit a three-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to send Wednesday night's men's basketball game at Northern Arizona into overtime, and the Waves went on to earn an outstanding 93-87 victory at the Walkup Skydome.

The Waves (3-4) had missed their first nine three-point attempts of the second half before Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) hit one from straightaway, tying the game at 78-78. Then, to start overtime, freshman guard Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) hit back-to-back three-point attempts and the Waves built an eight-point lead at 86-78 with 3:39 left.

Pepperdine had to fight to hold on, as the Lumberjacks (3-3) cut the lead to three points at 86-83 with 59 seconds left and two points at 89-87 with 3.9 seconds left. But Pepperdine freshman center Daniel Johnson (Perth, Australia) iced the game with two free throws with 3.0 seconds left.

Both Thompson and senior guard Jason Walberg (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS/Saint Mary's) set career highs with 22 points apiece. Shelley finished with 19 points.

"More than anything else, it was nice to see us toughen up, take on the challenge, and win the game," Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg said. "Some guys stepped up and hit some big shots. Tyrone hit a big one to send the game to overtime. Mychel hit two big ones to start overtime. Daniel hit two big free throws. It was just a great team effort and I'm very proud of the team."

After opening the season 0-4, the Waves won their third straight game. It is Pepperdine's first three-game winning streak since January 2005. The Waves have overcome halftime deficits in each of their three victories, and this was Pepperdine's second overtime victory of the season.

Both teams came out on fire, as Pepperdine took a 25-24 lead just 7 ½ minutes into the contest. Each school was hitting about two-thirds of its shots at that point. But for the next five minutes, while the Lumberjacks kept up the pace, the Waves went scoreless. An 11-0 run put the Lumberjacks up 35-25 with eight minutes to go.

A three-pointer at the halftime buzzer by junior guard Rico Tucker (San Diego, Calif./University HS/Minnesota) helped the Waves cut the NAU lead to single digits at 52-44 at the break. The first half saw the Lumberjacks shoot 60.0 percent and hit seven of nine three-pointers, while Pepperdine cooled off after its initial burst to shoot 47.1 percent from the field.

But the Waves clamped down defensively to start the second half, as they didn't allow NAU to record a field goal until 9:51 remained in regulation. Unfortunately, Pepperdine didn't take full advantage of that fact. The Waves scored 14 points in the first 10 minutes, and the first Lumberjack basket of the half tied the game at 58-58.

One basket was enough to wake up the Lumberjack offense. After going 10 minutes without a field goal, they had six in the next five-plus minutes and grew a six-point lead at 70-64 with 4:30 to play.

Still down six with less than two minutes to play, freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) scored in the post, and after a Walberg steal, Shelley had an uncontested dunk to make it 77-75 with 1:25 left.

In the final minute, the Lumberjacks made just one of four foul shots, opening the door for the Waves. Shelley's game-tying three pointer came from the top of the key after Thomas kicked it out from the post. Northern Arizona couldn't get a shot off in the final seconds, and the game headed to overtime.

Northern Arizona finished the night shooting 48.4% from the field, while Pepperdine shot 43.1%. After making seven of nine three-pointers in the first half, NAU went 0-for-11 the rest of the way. The Waves made 15 steals compared to the Lumberjacks' one. There were a total of 10 ties and nine lead changes.

Pepperdine freshmen scored more than half the team's points for the seventh time in seven games, getting 55 of the 93 points.

The Waves' road trip continues with Montana State's GranTree Inn Classic this Friday and Saturday (Nov. 30-Dec. 1). Pepperdine opens with Texas-Pan American on Friday at 5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.

San Francisco - 69
Utah Valley State - 64

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Manny Quezada scored 26 points, including four free throws in the final 14.6 seconds, to lead San Francisco to a 69-64 win over Utah Valley on Wednesday night.

Dior Lowhorn added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Dons (3-3), who led the entire second half but had to survive a late run by the Wolverines.

San Francisco led 65-55 on Danny Cavic's 3-pointer with 1:57 left to play, but Utah Valley cut the gap in half behind five straight points by Ryan Toolson. Toolson made two free throws and a 3-pointer -- his first in eight attempts -- before Jordan Brady made a pair of free throws to pull the Wolverines within 65-62 with 49 seconds remaining.

A charging call against Quezada gave Utah Valley a chance to possibly tie, but Joe Walker missed on a driving layup attempt, and the Dons closed out the game from the free throw line.

Jabir Jenna came off the bench with 19 points and Jordan Brady had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead Utah Valley in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Wolverines and Dons will play again in Utah on Dec. 31.

Utah Valley is still in its Division I infancy. The school was a junior college before making the unprecedented jump to Division I in 2003 and is still under provisional status by the NCAA, meaning the Wolverines are ineligible to compete in the postseason until 2009.

Jinna came off the bench to spark Utah Valley in the first half, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers and hitting all four of his shots as the Wolverines led 20-12 early. San Francisco, which missed 14 of its first 19 shots from the floor, trailed 29-23 following Richard Troyer's 3-pointer with 2:40 left when Quezada took over.

In his second year with the Dons after transferring from Rutgers, Quezada made a 3-pointer then sank four straight free throws during a 9-0 run to close out the first half and give San Francisco a 32-29 halftime lead.

San Francisco continues it's four game homestand with a Saturday match-up against Boise State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. PT.

San Diego State - 78
Loyola Marymount - 56

Los Angeles, CA - After taking steps forward in their previous four games, the Loyola Marymount men's basketball team where given a step back by San Diego State and their pressure defense as the Aztecs earned a 78-56 win at Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday night. The Lions fall to 2-5 while San Diego State improves to 6-1.

San Diego State forced 25 LMU turnovers on 19 steals, three shy of the Gersten Pavilion record, as they pulled away for the double digit win. After giving up only a season-low 11 turnovers in the win over Mercer, the Lions were outscored on points off turnovers, 27-17.

"The tougher team won tonight, flat out," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "They wanted it more. I am embarrassed about our performance at home. This was not the team that had been progressing the last four games. In our two games at home, we have looked terrible. I know we are better than this."

The Lions were led by Shawn Deadwiler with 14 points while no other Lion reached double figures. Brandon Walker had nine points while Marko Deric added eight. Ryan Amoroso had 19 points to lead all scorers. The Lions third leading scorer, forward Tim Diederichs, finished with just two points on free throws and no field goal attempts.

"We can't get the ball into the post. Tim has been one of our most consistent players and he got no attempts. There is no excuse for that. We have made strides our last four games, three in New Mexico and one in Georgia. But tonight we reverted back to our Little Rock (Arkansas-Little Rock) loss. You could tell the strides we have made."

The Lions fell down 21-4 and didn't get their third field goal until Quentin Turner hit a jumper with 10:08 remaining. The Lions trailed 43-26 at the break. The showed a little life in getting the lead down to 12, 53-41 with 11:59 remaining on Orlando Johnson's three-pointer.

The Aztecs answered with an 11-3 run of their own and put the game away. San Diego State finished the game shooting 54.2 percent from the field while the Lions hit just 42.2 percent.

LMU will look to recover when they host homecoming against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:05 p.m. The game will air nationally live on CSTV and can also be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.

Portland State - 78
Portland - 73

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Sherrard Watson and Nik Raivio each scored 20 points, but the Portland Pilots could not overcome a balanced scoring attack from crosstown rival Portland State in a 78-73 loss to the Vikings at the Chiles Center on Wednesday night.

Scott Morrison, Deonte Huff and Tyrell Mara each scored 15 to pace the Vikings (4-3), while junior point guard Jeremiah Dominguez added 12 points and four assists off the bench.

Freshman forward Luke Sikma scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to record his third double-double of the year for the Pilots (2-5). Junior guard Walter Thompson added 10 points off the bench.

The Vikings led 37-35 at the half and jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second period as Sikma went to the bench with three fouls. A three-pointer by Mara with 14:51 left made it 52-42, the largest lead of the game for either team.

Watson, the lone senior on the Pilots roster, kept Portland in the game with nine consecutive points. Sikma returned with consecutive baskets to pull the Pilots within four at 56-52 with nine minutes remaining.

Morrison's layup pushed the margin to 72-63, but UP answered with consecutive three-pointers by freshman Jared Stohl and Raivio with 1:24 remaining. Huff made four consecutive free throws in the final 36 seconds to keep the Pilots out of reach.

"The loss is disappointing, but I'm proud of our team's effort," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "Strategically, they hurt us inside and Morrison was a big factor. That is something we will need to address and improve on."

Portland shot 47 percent for the game and the Vikings connected on 48 percent shooting. The Pilots owned a 36-29 edge on the boards and committed just 12 turnovers after averaging 18.2 entering the game.

"It was nice to see us take care of the ball much better today," Reveno added. "But against good teams you have to make plays, and we didn't make enough plays tonight."

NOTES: Portland played its third consecutive game without the services of starting point guard Taishi Ito, who returned to Japan last week to be with his family following a death in the family ... Nik Raivio was forced to the locker room early in the first period after splitting his chin on a drive to the hoop. Raivio returned heavily bandaged and scored 13 second-half points.

Boise State - 77
San Diego - 71

Boise, ID - The USD Toreros dropped a 77-71 decision to the Boise State Broncos at the Taco Bell Center Wednesday evening in Boise, Idaho. Brandon Johnson scored a game-high 23 points but the host Broncos shot 55.1% from the field while the Toreros managed just 43.1% overall and just 3-18 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Chris Lewis chipped in with a double-double of 11 points & 10 rebounds, and Rob Jones added 10 points and 8 boards. Gyno Pomare pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds as the Toreros outrebounded the Broncos, 45-27. The host Broncos bombed in 8 of 19 three-pointers and were led by Reggie Larry (20 points) and Matt Nelson (19 points, 11 boards). USD trailed 39-35 at halftime, and everytime they made a run in the 2nd half, Boise State answered and pushed the lead back up.