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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 1, 2007

Gonzaga - 85
Connecticut - 82

BOSTON (AP) -- Jeremy Pargo scored eight of his 23 points over the final 4:17 and No. 19 Gonzaga held off Connecticut 85-82 on Saturday in The Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase at TD Banknorth Garden.

The junior guard made three field goals down the stretch, including a jumper with 1:43 left that gave the Bulldogs (7-1) a 79-76 lead. He missed two free throws with 1:12 left but made two 28 seconds later for an 81-76 lead.

A.J. Price sandwiched a basket down low and two free throws around one free throw by Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin to get the Huskies (5-2) within 82-80 with 21 seconds to go.

Gonzaga freshman Austin Daye, a 90 percent free throw shooter this season, made two at the line with 15 seconds left for an 84-80 lead. Price scored on a layup off an inbound pass with 6.7 seconds to go for a two-point game.

Daye was fouled again with 4.2 seconds left and he only made the first, snapping his consecutive made streak at 29. For the season he is 40-for-45 for 88.9 percent.

Connecticut came down with a chance to tie but Price's 3 from the left side bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Bouldin added 19 points for Gonzaga, while Micah Downs had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his third career doub le-double and his first this season.

Price led the Huskies with 24 points, while Jerome Dyson added 19 and Jeff Adrien had 15.

The Huskies started the game by making seven of their first 11 3-point attempts against Gonzaga's zone and they led by as many as 10 points in the first half. Gonzaga took its first lead of the game, 45-44, on a 3 by David Pendergraft with one second left in the half.

Connecticut opened a 67-63 lead, but Bouldin had all the points in a 9-2 run that put Gonzaga up 72-69 with 6:38 to play.

There were four more lead changes the rest of the way.

Connecticut finished 9-for-28 from 3-point range (32.1 percent), meaning the Huskies missed 15 of their last 17 shot from beyond the arc.

Gonzaga started its Eastern swing with a 70-65 overtime victory at Saint Joseph's on Thursday night. The Bulldogs return home for a meeting with local rival Washington State on Wednesday.

This was Gonzaga's first win in three meetings with Connecticut. The Huskies won in the 1999 West Regional championship game and in the 2005 Maui Invitational title game.

Saint Mary's - 85
Seton Hall - 70

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Omar Samhan scored six straight during a key second-half stretch and finished with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds after a slow start, and Saint Mary's remained unbeaten by handing Seton Hall its first loss with an 85-70 victory Saturday.

Patty Mills added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, Diamon Simpson scored 15 and Todd Golden had 10 as the Gaels improved to 6-0, the program's best start since winning nine straight to begin the 1988-89 season.

Brian Laing did all he could to keep Seton Hall (6-1) in it, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Pirates' first trip to Saint Mary's outside San Francisco.

Mills, whose 37-point performance in an upset of Oregon on Nov. 21 was a freshman school record, missed only his second free throw all season on his first attempt with 6:59 to play. He is 30-for-32 from the line and played all but the final 1:04 in this game.

Tron Smith gave the Gaels key minutes off the bench and everyone who played before garbage time scored at least one point. Saint Mary's held a 47-40 rebounding edge and Golden again had an impressive game on both ends.

After the Gaels built their biggest lead at 61-39, Seton Hall went on a 9-0 run before Simpson sunk a baseline 3 at 10:13 and Mills scored the next time down.

It was a physical matchup featuring a pair of teams earning votes in the Top-25 poll, and a game that attracted a row of professional scouts.

Seton Hall starter Larry Davis picked up his fourth foul with 16:58 left and later fouled out with only six points and four rebounds.

The Pirates fell behind 13-2 early and shot 0-for-5 from 3-point range in the first half until Davis hit a 3 to start the second. Seton Hall was off to its best start since beginning 13-0 in 1988-89, when the school went on to reach the Final Four.

It was the Gaels' first game in a week since they beat Nicholls State, while Seton Hall was coming off a 10-point win Wednesday at Princeton.

Saint Mary's, expected to challenge favored Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference, had 11 turnovers - just four in the first half - after committing 18 in its last win. That came after the Gaels combined for 12 total in their two previous games.

Because of Mills and three other Aussies, the Australian flag is now hanging from a wall along one baseline in McKeon Pavilion, where another sellout crowd of 3,500 packed the gym for an intense preseason atmosphere after the Gaels stunned then-No. 12 Oregon 99-87 on Nov. 21.

"Undefeated!" the fans chanted in the waning seconds.

Both teams came out cold from the field, but the Gaels took advantage of four turnovers by Seton Hall in the first 4 1/2 minutes on the way to a 13-2 lead. That sparked a timeout by Pirates coach Bobby Gonzalez, who became a father for the first time Wednesday morning to a baby girl.

Saint Mary's improved to 5-19 all-time against the Big East.

This was a return trip for Seton Hall after Saint Mary's traveled east to New Jersey last year and the Pirates won 93-82 in overtime. Before that meeting, the programs hadn't played since the 1983-84 season. This was the fifth meeting overall.

UC Santa Barbara - 63
Loyola Marymount - 56

Los Angeles, CA - Sophomore Shawn Deadwiler scored a career-high 23 points but it wasn't enough as Loyola Marymoun fell to UC Santa Barbara in the final minutes, 63-56, in a non-conference match-up Saturday at Gersten Pavilion. The Gauchos won their fifth straight and improve to 7-1 while LMU falls to 2-6.

Deadwiler finished 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-8 from the three-point line as his three-pointer with 1:05 remaining cut the Gaucho lead to 59-56. LMU could not capitalize on Ivan Elliott going just 1-for-2 from the free throw line on the next possession and James Powell put the game away with his two free throws with 24 seconds remaining.

"We played much harder and with a purpose tonight," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "We wanted to be tougher than our opponent tonight. But it was the same story on the turnovers. We are not going to win until we take care of the ball."

The Lions finished the game with 24 turnovers resulting in 22 UCSB points. The teams finished even from the field, both going 20-for-51 (39.2 percent). UCSB had the edge at the charity stripe, going 19-for-26 while LMU went just 11-for-15.

"We need more than one guy to score points for us. Tim (Diederichs) was one of our most consistent from the floor early and he has had just two field goal attempts the last two games. We have to get the ball inside." The Lions were outscored 28-20 in the paint.

Senior Jon Ziri finished with just six points but had a career-high 12 rebounds with four assists and four steals. Mason Maynard and Orlando Johnson added seven points each as LMU out rebounded UCSB 37-33.

The game was tight throughout as it featured six ties and 13 lead changes. The Lions fell down by nine at the 9:35 mark of the first half, 16-7, but went on a 10-0 run the nest four minutes to take a 17-16 lead. LMU then trailed by just two, 23-21, at the break.

LMU took the lead right back on the first play of the second half as Johnson capitalized on a three-point play to make it 24-23. The lead would change hands several times before UCSB look to take advantage at 49-40 with 9:08 to play. LMU would not go away as they cut the lead to 54-51 on a Deadwiler three-pointer at the 3:48 mark.

The Lions would hold the Gauchos without a field goal for nearly four minutes. Alex Harris, however, hit a jumper to make the lead six once again, 59-53 with 1:46 remaining. Harris lead UCSB with 21 points.

LMU will start a three-game road trip at Long Beach State on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7:05 p.m. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.

Montana State - 95
Pepperdine - 89

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Pepperdine men's basketball team was hitting on all cylinders for 38 minutes, but host Montana State overtook the Waves in the final two minutes as the Bobcats won their own GranTree Inn Classic championship, 95-89, on Saturday night.

The Waves (4-5) saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with the loss. The Bobcats (4-3) won their own tournament for the 11th time in 12 tries.

Pepperdine led by as many as 14 points early in the second half and was up 88-85 with two minutes remaining. But down the final stretch, Montana State hit 10 of 10 free throws, while Pepperdine managed just one free throw, committed four turnovers and missed two field-goal attempts.

Pepperdine junior guard Rico Tucker (San Diego, Calif./University HS/Minnesota) and freshman guard Tyrone Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) were named to the all-tournament team. Tucker scored a career-high 24 points tonight, including 11 of 12 from the foul line, while Shelley added 20 points.

Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) and freshman guard Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) each scored 14 points for the Waves.

"The kids played great, we played hard, it was probably some of the best basketball we've played all year," Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg said. "It's just a shame we couldn't get it done at the end. When you go on the road you've got to be able to handle it. We just made some mistakes we shouldn't have made. You have to be able to make plays at the end, they did and we didn't."

Pepperdine led at halftime (45-35) for the first time this season. The Waves had overcome halftime deficits in each of the last four games, including Friday night's 86-84 win over Texas-Pan American in the tournament's first game. But Montana State turned the tables tonight as the Bobcats scored 60 second-half points.

The Waves made more than half of their shots for the second night in a row and finished at 51.9 percent from the field, compared to the Bobcats' 45.8 percent. Both teams shot free throws extremely well, but Montana State had an edge by going 33-for-38 compared to Pepperdine's 24-for-30.

Freshmen scored more than half of the Waves' points for the ninth time in nine games this season, recording 48 of the 89 points (53.9%).

The Waves continue their 10-game road stretch with a contest at UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday (Dec. 5) at 7 p.m. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.

BYU - 78
Portland - 54

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The BYU Cougars shot 65 percent from the field in the second half en route to a 78-54 win over the Portland Pilots in a non-conference men's basketball game Saturday night at the Chiles Center. Four Cougars scored in double figures, while sophomore Robin Smeulders led Portland with 12 points.

Lee Cummard hit seven of nine from the field for a game-high 18 points for BYU, which improves to 6-1 on the season. Trent Plaisted added 16 points, while Jonathan Tavernari and Jimmer Fredette contributed 13 and 11, respectively.

Jared Stohl, who caught fire from the outside in the second half, scored 11 for the Pilots (2-6).

The Cougars opened the second half by draining seven consecutive shots from the field to pull ahead 52-23 with 15:56 remaining. Smeulders scored six straight points and Stohl drained three consecutive three-pointers to climb back to within 15 points at 57-42, but BYU came out of a timeout and Plaisted scored seven points to spark a 13-2 run and put the game out of reach.

BYU, who came into the game averaging 85 points per outing, shot 53 percent from the field and made 9-of-22 three-pointers. The Pilots finished at 36 percent from the floor and 7-for-21 from three-point range.

The Pilots, playing without starting point guard Taishi Ito for the third straight game (death in the family), were outrebounded for just the second time this season. BYU held a 41-27 edge on the boards and 30-20 margin in points in the paint.

"That was our fourth game in eight days and we knew that we had our work cut out for us tonight," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "It was a good opportunity to play a well-coached, Top 25 program. We need to learn from these opportunities and continue to improve in preparation for our West Coast Conference season."

Portland will next hit the road for three games beginning at Montana on Friday at 6 p.m. The Pilots well then face Washington on Saturday, Nov. 15 and Eastern Washington on Monday, Nov. 17.

Boise State - 91
San Francisco - 81

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Reggie Larry matched his career high with 24 points and seven rebounds and Matt Nelson added 20 to lead Boise State to a 91-81 win over San Francisco on Saturday night.

Nelson added eight rebounds while Jamar Greene scored 10 of his 13 points during an 18-2 run midway through the second half when the Broncos (5-2) took control and eased to their fourth straight win, one shy of their longest win streak a year ago.

Dior Lowhorn scored 25 points and had eight rebounds for San Francisco (3-4), which lost for the third time in four games. Myron Strong added 17 points and three assists for the Dons, who had four players score in double figures and were within range late but couldn't keep up with the faster, more accurate Broncos after falling behind by 10 early in the second half.

Back-to-back dunks and a pair of free throws from Lowhorn tied the game at 58-58 with 11:29 remaining before Boise State began to pull away. Greene, who missed four of his first six shots, found his touch to get the Broncos going. He made a pair of 3-pointers then drove past San Francisco's defense for an easy lay-up during the 18-2 run that gave Boise State a 76-60 lead with under five minutes remaining.

The Dons made one final push and pulled within 83-72 after four straight points from Manny Quezada before a Nelson dunk with 56 seconds left sealed the win for Boise State.

Larry had 13 points and four rebounds in the first half for the Broncos but Boise State -- which led by nine twice early -- only led 35-33 after Lowhorn capped a 10-3 spurt with a pair of free throws and a short bucket. Larry's basket with three seconds left gave the Broncos a 37-33 halftime lead.

Tyler Tiedeman had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for Boise State.

Utah State - 71
Santa Clara - 65

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Jaycee Carroll scored 25 points while tying a school record 283 career 3-pointers to lead Utah State to a 71-65 win over Santa Clara on Saturday night.

Stephen DuCharme also dropped in 12 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for the Aggies (5-4). Gary Wilkinson added 11 points and five rebounds.

Brody Angley led Santa Clara (5-2) with a career-high 22 points and John Bryant scored 20 points for the Broncos.

With the score 60-55 and 4:10 to play, Carroll scored two 3-point shots within a 30-second span to give USU its biggest lead of the game. The Broncos then went on a 10-1 run and made the score 67-65 with 1:05 to play.

Angley then missed a 3-point attempt and the Aggies dropped in four free throws to seal the win.

USU's first lead came early in the second half, when Carroll hit a 3-point shot to make it 31-30.

In the first half, Santa Clara led by as many as nine points. Santa Clara's defense forced seven turnovers from the Aggies and Santa Clara outrebounded Utah State 17-13 in the half, helping give the Broncos a 30-26 halftime edge.