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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 5, 2006

San Diego - 92
Cal State Bakersfield - 72

San Diego, CA - The USD Toreros won their second straight game with tonight's 92-72 home win over the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners before 1,538 fans at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The win also improved USD's home record this season to a perfect 3-0. Gyno Pomare (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Theo White (11 points, 10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles, and Daniel Fleming poured in four treys, and made all six of his field goal attempts, to finish with a personal-best 16 points. USD also got double digit scoring from Brandon Johnson (12 points, 7 assists, 4 steals) and De'Jon Jackson (11 points). USD now heads to the Golden Bear Classic at Cal this Friday and Saturday where they will start with Eastern Michigan on Friday at 5 pm.

"I'm really pleased with the way we played tonight," said head coach Brad Holland. "We had a tremendous first half and dominated the boards. And we had a lot of different players contribute offensively. It's nice to have our new guys playing confidently now. Overall we are just a more confident team then we were ten days ago."

The Toreros came out ready to play and held a convincing 50-32 halftime advantage. In the first 20 minutes USD shot 55.9% from the field and outrebounded the smaller Roadrunners, 24-7. At halftime Gyno Pomare, who came off the bench, had 13 points and 10 rebounds. For the game USD ended up shooting a season-best 58.7% on 37-63 shooting. The Toreros, led by Fleming's four made treys, bombed in 10 of 20 three-pointers. Cal State Bakersfield was paced by guard Dwaun Rice with 18 points.

Washington State - 77
Gonzaga - 67

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Derrick Low scored 22 points to help Washington State upset No. 18 Gonzaga 77-67 on Tuesday night and improve one of the best starts in team history.

Daven Harmeling added 20 points for Washington St. (8-1), off to its best start since the 1996-97 season under new coach Tony Bennett. The Cougars overcame poor free throw shooting to break a seven-game losing streak to Gonzaga.

Many in the crowd of 10,755, largest at WSU in a decade, stormed the floor after the win.

Gonzaga (8-2) was led by Josh Heytvelt's 22 points. Derek Raivio added 21.

Trailing 66-63 with less than 4 minutes left, Washington State outscored the Bulldogs 14-1, including a pair of 3-pointers by Harmeling, for the win.

Kyle Weaver's 3-pointer gave WSU its first lead of the game at 45-44 with 16 minutes left.

The teams swapped several leads before a 9-0 Gonzaga run, the final six by Heytvelt, gave Gonzaga a 56-49 advantage.

The Cougars missed five of six free throws during a quick span after that. But Low's 3-pointer capped an 8-0 WSU run for a 63-62 lead with 4:34 left.

Heytvelt replied with two free throws and a layup for a 66-63 Gonzaga lead.

But Washington State kicked off its closing run with two free throws by Kyle Weaver and Harmeling's 3-pointer for a 68-66 lead with 2:44 left.

After the teams swapped free throws, Low made a layup and the free throw for a 72-67 lead with 1:26 left.

Raivio's 3-pointer rimmed out and Harmeling sank another 3-pointer for a 75-67 Washington State lead with 42 seconds left.

Raivio scored 15 in the first half as Gonzaga took a 41-35 lead.

The crowd was the largest at WSU's Friel Court since 11,463 watched UCLA at WSU in 1995. Crowds have averaged 3,000 in recent years.

Washington State is 74-3 at home against non-conference opponents in the past 16 years, with two of the losses to Gonzaga.

Weber State - 72
Portland - 56

PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior David Patten scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Weber State Wildcats to a 72-56 win over the Portland Pilots Tuesday evening at the Chiles Center. No Portland player reached double figure scoring as the Pilots lost their fifth straight game.

Weber State (5-4) snapped its three-game losing skid by leading from start to finish. The Wildcats gained a 21-9 advantage in points off turnovers, forcing Portland (2-8) into 19 giveaways while committing just 13. The Pilots continued their offensive woes, shooting just 39 percent for the game, yet made three more field goals than the Wildcats (22-19). Weber State shot 41 percent from the floor, but made 29-of-41 free throw attempts to Portland's 9-for-16 at the charity stripe.

"Weber State did a nice job of competing from the get go," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "They were physical and got us out of rhythm offensively. It was ugly early and often for us."

Weber State grabbed an early 5-0 lead and would push the margin to as much as nine points in the first period before settling for a 30-24 halftime lead.

Portland came out sluggish after the break and gained a 35-24 lead in the opening two minutes, prompting Reveno to call timeout and substitute five new players into the game.

The Pilots cut the lead to 38-31 with 12:49 remaining on a steal and layup by sophomore guard Walter Thompson, but the Wildcats countered with an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of baskets from Dezmon Harris and Portland would not get within double digits the rest of the way.

Patten added four rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Wildcats. Dan Henry added 15 points, while Harris chipped in 12.

Sophomore forward Jamie Jones had eight points and matched a career-high with 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Brian McTear also had eight points and six assists for the Pilots.

Portland outrebounded the Weber State by a 40-32 margin, marking the eighth time in 10 games the Pilots have had a positive rebounding margin this season.

"Regardless of our age, we're a young team that is growing," Reveno said. "We have been too inconsistent and that's something we need to address and solve. Ultimately this is a game about performance and tonight we didn't perform well."

Portland will get a second chance at the Wildcats in less than two weeks. The Pilots will be at Weber State on Saturday, Dec. 16. The Pilots will next be in action against the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday at the Chiles Center at 7 p.m. All Pilot games can be heard on the radio at KKAD 1550 AM or online at portlandpilots.com.

Northern Arizona - 84
San Francisco - 62

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona raced off to a 51-30 halftime lead and coasted to a 84-62 win over USF Tuesday evening in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Lumberjacks (5-5) ran off 13-2 and 10-2 runs in the first half to take control.

Stephen Sir scored 20 points to lead the home team, nailing 6 of 11 three pointers, with Boykin and Tyrone Bazy adding adding 18 each.

USF was paced by Antonio Kellogg who scored 13 and Armondo Surratt added 11. The 22 point deficit equaled USF's worst loss of the year and USF's 32.1 shooting percentage was its season low. The Dons had beaten NAU 82-73 at Memorial Gymnasium on November 27th.

USF entered the game as the WCC's top shooting team hitting 49.4% of their shots, but tonight was cold from the start, making just one of its first eight field goal attempts.

The Dons, who host UC Santa Barbara on December 17th, dropped to 4-6 on the season.

"We did not play well tonight," said Dons' head coach Jessie Evans. "We were impatient on offense and didn't knock down shots that we normally make. Whether it was Alan's injury or the fatigue of playing so many games in so few days on the road, we weren't ourselves.

"Now we have a break where we can get back to practice and improve as a team. If we keep playing hard we can and will get it together. We are certainly looking forward to having a home game vs. UC Santa Barbara."

USF forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. who played just 13 minutes after twisting his ankle Saturday at New Mexico State was still hampered by the injury and did not start the contest. He was able to play just 13 minutes before fouling out. Wiggins, who scored 23 points to pace USF to a win over the same Lumberjack team on November 27th, only attempted a single shot. The lack of an inside game really hurt USF.

It was the final game for USF before breaking for finals and the seventh in 10 games played away from War Memorial Gymnasium.