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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 2, 2006

Gonzaga - 87
Texas - 77

PHOENIX (AP) - Gonzaga gave youthful Texas a lesson Saturday about the value of experience.

Derek Raivio made seven 3-pointers en route to 27 points, and the No. 22 Bulldogs beat the Longhorns 87-77 in the opening game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge.

No. 16 Arizona played Illinois in the second game of the doubleheader at US Airways Center.

Raivio, 7-of-14 on 3s, fell two short of the school record of nine set twice by Dan Dickau.

"We weren't aware of where he was sometimes," Texas freshman Kevin Durant said. "Especially in transition, he was getting wide open shots because we didn't see him. They just made an extra pass and he was wide open."

Jeremy Pargo added 18 points and Josh Heytvelt had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-1).

Raivio said this Gonzaga team is more balanced than last year's version that featured Adam Morrison.

"We're moving the ball a lot better, we're just having fun," Raivio said. "When we've got three or four guards out there playing together, it's a lot of fun. No one's really dominating the ball too much. We share it, and we have fun."

Durant matched his season high with 29 points on 8-for-18 shooting and 10-for-10 from the foul line. He also had nine rebounds. Another freshman, Justin Mason, had 17 points for the Longhorns (5-2), who shot 41 percent, 32 percent in the first half.

A.J. Abrams was just 3-for-17 shooting for Texas, 1-for-11 on 3-pointers.

"I had to work harder than I have any other game just to get open," said Abrams, himself just a sophomore. "It's disappointing we had a couple of days to prepare for them and we didn't come out there and show what we can do."

The Bulldogs led 87-59 before the Longhorns, who start four freshmen and a sophomore, scored the last 18 points of the game.

"I thought for stretches of that game, both in the first half and the second half, we played some of the best basketball we've played this year," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Texas used a 12-4 run to cut the lead to 55-51 on a pair of free throws by Durant with 14:04 to go. But Gonzaga scored the next 12 to go up 67-51 after Pargo's three-point play on a fastbreak layup with 11:38 remaining.

The run reached 24-4 on Heytvelt's tip-in and the Zags led 79-55 with 8:01 to go.

"I really think they're going to be good," Few said of the Longhorns, "but right now, we talked about trying to exploit their youth."

Texas had two turnovers and a lane violation on a one-and-one free-throw opportunity during early stages of the Bulldogs' surge.

"We haven't learned to listen and communicate," Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said. "We don't understand yet the fine line between winning and losing, and it goes back to listening and communicating."

The Zags outscored Texas 17-6 over the final 5 minutes of the first half to take a 43-33 lead at the break. Raivio scored eight, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Pargo four during the run.

The Longhorns were 11-for-34 shooting in the first 20 minutes.

Still, Texas led 27-26 after Durant sank two free throws to cap a 6-0 spurt with 6:44 left in the half. Heytvelt made a layup on a pass from Pargo to put Gonzaga back on top 28-27, then Pierre Marie Altidor-Cespedes sank a 3-pointer.

The Bulldogs finished the half with a 9-2 spurt. Raivio sank a 3-pointer with 1:23 left and Gonzaga led 43-33 at halftime.

San Diego - 67
Central Michigan - 66

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Giordan Watson's shot at the buzzer rimmed out and San Diego overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to beat Central Michigan 67-66 on Saturday.

Gyno Pomare led the Toreros (3-4) to their first win on the road with 15 points and nine rebounds. Nine of his points came in the second half, and he was 9-of-12 from the free throw line.

Central Michigan had a chance to win when Justin Blevins drove to the basket with about 10 seconds remaining, but he missed the layup. The ball was deflected out to Watson, who couldn't hit the open jumper.

The Chippewas (3-3) led 35-32 at halftime and pushed the lead to 12 points midway through the second half, but the couldn't pull away.

San Diego closed the game on a 9-0 run and took the lead for good with 1:31 remaining on a pair of free throws by Brandon Johnson, who finished with 13 points.

The two teams traded big runs in the first half as Central Michigan opened the game on a 17-6 run, but the lead quickly changed after the Toreros went on a 14-1 run to take a 20-18 lead.

Watson led the Chippewas with 17 points and nine assists. Blevins had 14 points.

USC - 67
LMU - 50

Los Angeles, CA - Not this time. Loyola Marymount University fell down by 12 early in the first half and then were outscored 11-2 to start the second half as they drop a 67-50 decision to Southern California at the Galen Center on Saturday night.

The Lions suffered through another tough shooting second half and committed a season-high 30 turnovers in a night they could never really get going. The Lions shot just 12 percent in the second half and fell to 6-3 on the season despite out-rebounding USC 42-35 and hitting seven more free throws.

Senior Matthew Knight earned his second double-double of the season and 21st of his career to lead LMU with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Adoyah Miller went 4-for-6 from the field, 3-of-4 from long range to score 11 points with eight rebounds. Freshman Shawn Deadwiler played his first game as a Lion after missing the first eight due to injury. He finished with four points and three rebounds in 11 minutes.

Lodrick Stewart's 21 points led all scorers as the Trojans hit 7-of-14 three-pointers and went 43 percent from the field on the game. LMU hit just 15-for-54 from the field (28 percent) for the game.

The 11-2 run to start the second half by USC put the Lions down 42-30 at the 14:19 mark. The Lions scored the next six points, a jumper by Knight at 13:34, another jumper by Miller with 12:14 remaining and then an eight-footer by Brandon Worthy with 10:34 remaining. However, on the next possession Stewart drilled one of his six three-pointers to put USC up nine as LMU would get no closer.

The first half saw the Lions in an early 12-point deficit and with West Coast Conference leading scorer Brandon Worthy on the bench with two fouls. However, the Lions used hot three-point shooting to work back into the game, hitting four of their first five three-pointers.

Worthy never found his rhythm in the game, going 1-for-12 from the field in his lowest time on the floor this season, playing just 25 minutes.

Oklahoma State - 90
Pepperdine - 74

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Trailing by as many as 22 points, including 19 in the second half, the Pepperdine men's basketball team staged a spirited second-half comeback getting to within five points with seven minutes remaining before eventually falling 90-74 to Oklahoma State Saturday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Mario Boggan and JamesOn Curry each scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Cowboys (9-0) to the victory and perfect on the season.

Senior guard Marvin Lea scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the second half for Pepperdine (1-6). Senior guard Chase Griffin added 18 points and sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas contributed 11.

Oklahoma State led much of the first half, but the Waves came out firing after the intermission, cutting into a 35-19 halftime deficit with a run that pulled Pepperdine within 61-56 with 8:39 remaining.

After each team hit layups, the Cowboys slowly built a lead that stretched to 69-60 on a jumper by Curry and to 74-62 on another Curry jumper. Pepperdine never got closer than 10 after that.

Boggan added 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Obi Muonelo added 16 points and seven assists, while Terrel Harris and David Monds had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

After shooting just 22.6 percent (7 of 31) in the first half, the Waves were on target in the second half as they connected on 58.3 percent (21 of 36) of their field goal attempts, including seven of 13 from three-point range.

Oklahoma State took advantage of its size as it out-rebounded Pepperdine, 41-28, and held a 60-38 points-in-the-paint advantage.

The Waves are next in action on Monday when they visit Colorado in Boulder beginning at 6 p.m. (PST).

UCSB - 75
Portland - 67

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots were clicking on offense Saturday night at the Chiles Center, but Alex Harris and the visiting UC Santa Barbara Gauchos spoiled the quality effort with a 47-point second half outburst and came away with a 75-67 win. UCSB (5-2) improves to 4-0 in road games, while Portland (2-7) lost for the first time in three games on its home floor this season.

Harris led four Gauchos in double figures with an efficient 24 points, eclipsing the 20-point mark for the seventh straight game. He went 9-for-13 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range. Chris Devine added 20 points, while James Powell and Tom Garlepp added 17 and 11, respectively.

Sophomore guard Walter Thompson and junior wing Sherrard Watson had 13 each to pace Portland. Thompson added a career-high eight rebounds and four assists. Sophomore point guard Brian McTear scored 11, while senior center Kevin Field came off the bench with a season-high 11 points and seven rebounds.

The difference was perimeter shooting, as UCSB finished 9-for-14 from downtown and shot 52 percent from the field, a Portland opponent season high. Portland was 6-for-19 from long range and shot 50 percent for the game.

"That was the best offensive team we have faced this season," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "From a defensive execution standpoint, I don't think we had many flaws, they just made great plays and hit tough shots."

Portland was able to gain a 30-28 halftime lead with solid first-half defense that limited the Gauchos to 40 percent shooting and a stretch of nine minutes without a field goal late in the period.

The Gauchos found their stroke after intermission and used timely three-point shooting and solid post play from Devine to gain a bit of a cushion. Pilot senior Ben Sullivan made it a 42-41 deficit with 12:26 remaining in the game, but UCSB used a 9-2 run over the next 3:09 to take a 51-43 lead on a three by Powell.

The resilient Pilots kept the margin within reach, but Powell drained another clutch trey three minutes later and Devine converted back-to-back plays in the paint to push the margin to 10 points with 1:49 remaining. A three-pointer from Watson made it 68-63 with 1:24 left, but the Gauchos held on for the victory by making five of their next six free throw attempts.

Reveno was pleased with his team's improvement, especially after enduring a tough three-game road swing which ended in three double-digit losses.

"Of the three games we played this week, today was our best performance," Reveno said. "We improved each game and I thought our offense was as good as it's been all season. Having 19 assists and 14 turnovers is encouraging. Our offensive execution was good and we knocked down shots, but we ran into a good team that was playing really well tonight, so you have to give them credit."

The Pilots will look to snap their current four-game losing streak when they host the Weber State Wildcats at the Chiles Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Portland will also be at home against the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

Seton Hall - 93
Saint Mary's - 82 (OT)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Jamar Nutter hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and freshman Eugene Harvey atoned for two missed free throws at the end of regulation with seven points in overtime to lead Seton Hall to a 93-82 victory over Saint Mary's on Saturday.

Nutter finished with 24 points before fouling out with 40 seconds to play in leading the Pirates (4-1) to their third straight win. Paul Gause came off the bench and added a career-high 21 points and a school record-tying eight steals.

Harvey had 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four of the Pirates' 14 steals in making fans forget the two free throws he missed with 3.1 seconds to play and the score tied at 76.

Brett Collins overcame two early fouls to score a season-high 28 points for Saint Mary's (5-4). Ian O'Leary added 19 points before fouling out late in regulation, while Diamon Simpson had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Seton Hall never trailed in the overtime as Harvey banked in an off-balance driving layup for a 78-76 lead.

A 3-pointer by Collins eventually tied the game at 80 with 3:06 to play.

Nutter made sure the score didn't stay tied long, coming off a screen to nail a 3-pointer from the right wing for an 83-80 lead. After Collins missed a 3-pointer at the other end, Harvey drove the lane, pump-faked and hit a layup that resulted in a three-point play and an 86-80 lead with 1:44 to play.

The Gaels never got closer than five points the rest of the way as Seton Hall forced three straight turnovers, including at least two steals by Gause.

Both teams had rallied in the second half.

With Collins leading the way, St. Mary's turned an early 11-point second-half deficit into a 70-63 lead with 5:38 to play.

However, Seton Hall went on a 13-5 spurt and took a 76-75 lead on a 3-pointer by Nutter with 1:51 to play in regulation. Tron Smith had a chance to give Saint Mary's the lead with a minute to go but he made only one of two free throws.

After a turnover by Nutter, Collins and Simpson both missed inside, setting the stage for Harvey to win it when he was fouled in the final seconds. He failed, but Seton Hall came back in the overtime.

Stan Gaines added 14 points for Seton Hall before fouling out with 3:03 to play.

Nutter and Gause combined for 15 points in a 17-0 first-half run that gave the Pirates a 21-9 lead. Nutter started the spurt with a foul-line jumper and added a 3-pointer and three free throws. Gause had an early 3-pointer and two layups off steals.

New Mexico State - 89
San Francisco - 78

Las Cruces, NM - Justin Hawkins scored 24 points and David Fisher added 21 as New Mexico State defeated USF 89-78 in a foul filled game at the Lou Henson Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico Saturday night.

USF (4-5) was paced by Armondo Surratt who scored 28 points and Manny Quezada who added 24.

The Dons were able to keep with the Aggies, who they trailed by two at halftime, until both power forwards Johnny Dukes (23 minutes) and Alan Wiggins (18 minutes) were forced to the bench with fouls and an injury.

The Aggies (3-3) shot 49 free-throws in the contest, by far the most by a USF opponent this year and outrebounded the Dons 42-22. Both teams combined for 53 fouls, but the Dons shot just 27 free-throws. It was USF's fifth contest in eight days.

The hosts were successful as USF center Alan Wiggins, Jr. was limited to just two points with foul trouble in the first half and then with an injury with USF down 43-39 with 15 minutes left in the second period. The Dons' second leading scorer and top rebounder played just 13 minutes.

"After Alan Wiggins and Johnny Dukes got into foul trouble, we had to go a little deeper in our bench than I would have liked," said head coach Jessie Evans. "I just thought we did not compete hard enough and they beat us up on the boards. Still, in this situation we need our young guys to step up and give us some energy. We learned some things tonight. Despite the score, I thought we fought all the way to the end."

The Dons trailed 33-31 at the half despite being in foul trouble almost from the outset. USF's two inside players, Alan Wiggins, Jr. and Johnny Dukes both hit the bench with just under 12 minutes left before either could even attempt a shot. The Aggies paraded to the free-throw line for 23 first half free throws attempted to just eight for USF. The Dons were able to stay close behind ten points each by Armondo Surratt and Antonio Kellogg.

USF will stay on the road to face Northern Arizona Tuesday in Flagstaff, a team that they defeated 82-73 last Monday at Memorial Gymnasium.

After the Dons visit the Lumberjacks they will break for finals before hosting their final pre-conference home game on Sunday afternoon, December 27th. Following that, USF will visit the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii right before Christmas.

Missouri State - 78
Santa Clara - 51

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Playing their fifth game in eight days, the Santa Clara Broncos fell 78-51 to the Missouri State Bears on Saturday night at the Hammons Student Center. Tyler Chaney and Drew Richards scored 12 points each for Missouri State to win the final game of the Price Cutter Classic.

Blake Ahearn had 11 point for the Bears (6-1) and Nathan Bilyeu added 10.

After a slow start saw the Broncos fall behind by 15 at 27-12 midway through the first half, Santa Clara (5-3) came back to cut the deficit to five. Broday Angley, who was named to the Price Cutter Classic All-Tournament Team, made a four-point play and Mitch Henke had a three-point play as part of a 13-3 Broncos run.

At halftime, the Bears held on to a 35-28 lead.

But Missouri State went on a 30-8 run to open the second half and take a 65-36 lead with 11:45 left and the Broncos could not get back into the game.

Santa Clara outrebounded Missouri State 43-38, but the Bears outscored the Broncos 36-24 in the paint.

The Broncos shot just 33 percent from the field, while Missouri State made 45 percent.

Angley led Santa Clara with 14 points and had five rebounds for the second game in a row, while Josh Higgins followed his 17-point effort on Friday with nine points and six rebounds on Saturday night. Angley's 14 points matched his season high.

After winning three of their five games this week, SCU has a week off before taking on Pacific on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7:00 p.m. PT in Stockton. The game will be broadcat live on Comcast SportsNet.