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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 5, 2007

San Diego - 60
San Jose State - 40

San Diego, CA - It wasn't pretty but the USD Toreros (5-5) dealt visiting San Jose State (3-2) a 60-40 loss tonight before 1,643 fans at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD will take their modest 2-game winning streak to Albuquerque, New Mexico this Saturday to take on the UNM Lobos (7-2) in a 12 noon (PST) contest. USD guard Brandon Johnson finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals (one shy of school record) in leading the Toreros to victory. Gyno Pomare added 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and chipped in with 4 blocked shots.

The Toreros took a 25-14 lead into the locker room at intermission as the visiting Spartans managed to make just 7-of-29 shots (24.1%). It didn't get much better for SJSU in the 2nd half (8-25) as they converted just 27.8% of their shots overall. For USD, Rob Jones chipped in with 9 points; De'Jon Jackson added 6 points, 5 boards and 4 assists; and Chris Lewis added 4 points and 5 rebounds.

San Jose State was paced by DeVonte Thomas off the bench with 11 points and 8 rebounds. USD finished the game with 8 total blocked shots, just two shy of the school mark.

Washington State - 51
Gonzaga - 47

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Aron Baynes scored 13 points -- nine in the second half -- and the No. 8 Cougars' stifling defense dominated in a 51-47 victory over the 17th-ranked Bulldogs on Wednesday night, Gonzaga's first-ever loss at home while ranked.

Washington State (8-0) won for only the eighth time in 112 road games against ranked teams.

Kyle Weaver added 12 points for Washington State and keyed a halfcourt lockdown that held the generally uptempo Zags to their lowest point total since losing 71-47 at Southern Utah on Dec. 23, 1996.

The Cougars' clinging, man-to-man defense harried Gonzaga (7-2) into rushed shots, denied even the simplest passing lanes and kept the Bulldogs without a field goal for the final 5:15.

Matt Bouldin, the Bulldogs' leading scorer coming in, went 0-for-9 from the field with the taller Weaver blanketing him most of the night. Bouldin, who was averaging 14.4 points, finished with zero while reduced to trying one-handed scoop shots.

Long Beach State - 77
LMU - 52

Long Beach, CA - A tight first half turned into a nightmare in the second half as Loyola Marymount falls to Long Beach State 77-52 at the Pyramid Wednesday night. The Lions fall to 1-13 all time in Long Beach as the 49ers outscore the Lions 42-21 in the second half. LMU falls to 2-7 while LBSU improves to 2-5.

The Lions trailed just 35-31 at the break but things unraveled quickly as the 49ers jumped out with a 7-0 run to build a double digit lead. The 49ers out rebounded the Lions 40-26 and finished shooting 50 percent from the field. The Lions went just 36 percent from the field, 32 percent in the second half.

"It was the same old story, the tougher team won, our defense was bad and we can't sustain anything," said Head Coach Rodeny Tention. "They just don't understand we have to play so much harder for 40 minutes. It really showed in the second half."

Sophomore Shawn Deadwiler led the Lions for the third straight game in scoring with 16 points. Orlando Johnson added 11 while Brandon Walker had a career-best 10. Donovan Morris led all scorers with 22 points, scoring 13 in the second half and the 49ers first five points in the second half.

Long Beach State finished the game earning a 20-8 edge in second chance points and outscored the Lions 36-16 in the paint.

"I am at a loss for words. I told them I am not sure what to say," said Tention. "We lack mental toughness. When we get down, we don't fight right now."

The Lions continue a three-game road trip when they head to Boise State on Saturday for a 6 p.m. (PT) start. Listen to the game on KXLU 88.9 FM and on LMULions.com.

UCSB - 68
Pepperdine - 57

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After averaging nearly 90 points over its last six games, the Pepperdine men's basketball team ran into a defense it couldn't solve on Wednesday night, as UC Santa Barbara posted a 68-57 victory at the Thunderdome.

The Waves dropped to 4-6 overall, while the Gauchos won their sixth in a row and continued their best start in 15 years at 8-1 overall.

"UCSB has a very good team," Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg said. "They deserved it tonight. It seems like every team we're playing has juniors and seniors. We don't get any points for playing freshmen, though I wish we could. The physicality tonight was an awful lot for us. In the first half we kind of collapsed right there at the end, which didn't help."

Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) had team highs of 13 points and nine rebounds while freshman center Daniel Johnson (Perth, Australia) added 11 points.

The Waves got off to a nice start, taking a 7-0 lead a little more than two minutes into the contest. Thomas scored on a dunk, junior guard Rico Tucker (San Diego, Calif./University HS/Minesota) drove to the basket for a lay-up and freshman guard Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) nailed a three-pointer.

However, Pepperdine's offense went cold for a spell, as the squad failed to make a field goal for the next seven minutes. Thomas ended a 10-0 UCSB run with a free throw at the 11:49 mark, but the Gauchos' run grew to 16-1 before Johnson scored on a lay-up with 10:24 to play, making it 16-10.

That began a modest 9-3 run for the Waves, who then only trailed 19-17 with 7 ½ minutes left in the first half. But, the Waves would go through another rough offensive stretch, as they managed only one more field goal the rest of the half, and UCSB took a 32-19 halftime lead. It was the fewest points in a half this season for the Waves.

Pepperdine scored the first six points of the second half to pull the deficit back to seven points at 32-25. Like the first half, however, the Gauchos came right back with an 11-1 run to go up 43-26. The Waves had a near-nine-minute stretch without a field goal, which finally ended on a jumper in the post by freshman guard Tyrone Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS), making it 58-34 with 9:43 to go.

The Waves did finish strong, cutting a 26-point deficit down to the final margin of 11. Pepperdine outscored UCSB 38-36 in the second half.

The three-point shooting figures were a telling stat, as UCSB hit 69.2% (9-for-13) and Pepperdine made just 19.0% (4-for-21). Overall, the Waves shot 38.6% and committed 25 turnovers.

Shelley, who entered the game averaging a team-high 17.2 points, played only 13 minutes before fouling out with nine points.

UCSB got 22 points from Alex Harris, who made four of five three-pointers.

The Waves continue their 10-game road stretch with a contest at Pacific on Saturday (Dec. 8) at 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.

Pacific - 84
San Francisco - 57

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chad Troyer scored 16 points and Steffan Johnson had 14 to lead Pacific to an 84-57 win over San Francisco on Wednesday night.

Troyer went 6 for 11 from the floor with four 3-pointers for the Tigers, who made 10 treys in the game, one shy of their season-high. Johnson added a pair of 3-pointers for Pacific (6-2), which led by as much as 30 while winning for the fifth time in six games.

It was the Tigers' first road win of the season after an 0-2 start. Pacific was 4-12 in its previous 16 road games dating back to 2006 before holding San Francisco to a season-low 32.7 shooting percentage.

Dior Lowhorn had 22 points and three rebounds for the Dons (3-5) but struggled to find his touch early when Pacific took control.

San Francisco's entire team shot poorly, going 5 of 18 from 3-point range and 16 of 30 from the free throw line. Conversely, the Tigers went 22 of 25 from the stripe.

Troyer got Pacific going early with a pair of 3-pointers in the first five minutes. Johnson added two more treys and Joe Ford scored off an offensive rebound to give the Tigers a 25-13 lead midway through the first half.

Lowhorn, who went into the game leading San Francisco with 24.1 points and 8.6 rebounds, had trouble getting into the flow of the Dons' offense early and went scoreless for the first 7:50. Michael Nunnally and Casey Neimeyer took turns defending Lowhorn and prevented the Dons' talented sophomore from finding his touch in the first half.

Pacific led by 38-20 at halftime then poured it on in the second half to blow the game open. San Francisco never got closer than 22 points in the final 15 minutes and were down 84-54 when Christian Hernandez hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Dons.

Pacific, which was 4-12 in its last 16 road games dating back to 2006, shot 51.7 percent from the floor in the first half and made six of 11 3-pointers. Troyer had three of the treys, the last of which gave the Tigers a 38-20 lead at halftime.

Anthony Brown added 11 points for Pacific, while Neimeyer had 10 before leaving midway through the second half with an apparent eye injury. Myron Strong had 19 points and five assists for San Francisco.San Francisco still leads the all-time series between the two schools, 41-23, but Pacific has won the past three. The Dons' last win over the Tigers came in Stockton on Dec. 18, 2004.