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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 9, 2006

Gonzaga - 97
Washington - 77

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Derek Raivio scored 17 of his 25 points in the decisive first half as No. 18 Gonzaga raced to a big early lead and beat No. 13 Washington 97-77 on Saturday night, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 45 games.

Freshman Matt Bouldin, making his first collegiate start, scored a season-high 21 points for Gonzaga (9-2), which rebounded from a stunning loss Tuesday at Washington State to beat its archrivals for the eighth time in nine meetings.

Spencer Hawes scored 20 points to lead Washington (7-1), the highest ranked team to play in the three-year history of the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga has never lost in 33 games in the raucous new arena. The Zags' last home loss was on Feb. 19, 2003, to Portland at the old on-campus Martin Centre next door to the new "Kennel."

The elusive Raivio scored 17 points in a hyper-speed first half, behind 4-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. The young Huskies trailed by only 56-43 at halftime of their first road game of the season after the Zags led by 20 during their highest-scoring and most inspired half of the season.

The game was the last in the annual series the instate rivals have played for the last decade. Washington is choosing not to renew the contract because it says it has no room on its more national schedule next season.

Gonzaga raced to a 17-9 lead in the game's first 4 1/2 minutes. The Bulldogs made seven of their first 10 shots - including two 3s by Raivio.

The Zags then kept the pressure on. When Washington, which never led in the game, went to a zone defense because Raivio was continually beating Ryan Appleby and others off the dribble, Raivio simply shot over the Huskies. His third 3 in four attempts gave Gonzaga a 36-20 lead 12 minutes in.

Raivio followed that with a steal and a layup through two Huskies to put Gonzaga up 38-20. His steal of a loose ball and breakaway lay in while getting fouled gave the Zags their biggest lead until the game's final minute, 49-29.

Hawes missed five of his first seven shots - one wildly off the glass from the post - and had three early turnovers in his matchup with Josh Heytvelt. But the hyped Washington prep player of the year last season scored the Huskies' final six points of the opening half to weather Gonzaga's initial onslaught and keep Washington within 56-43 at halftime.

Gonzaga shot 55 percent - including 6-for-11 from bonus range - while netting its season-high for points in an opening period.

Gonzaga was just 3-for-10 to begin the second half, but still led by 16. The closest the Huskies got was 71-60, on a 3-pointer by freshman Phil Nelson with 11:31 left.

But Gonzaga went back up big again, 89-71, with 4:42 remaining. Pierre Marie Altitor-Cespedes made a 3-pointer and then converted a steal into a dunk that sent the frenzied, soldout crowd into a building-shaking roar.

From there, the crowd reveled in chants of "Overrated" to the beaten Huskies.

Hawes' support came from Jon Brockman's 13 points and 12 rebounds and Quincy Pondexter's 13 points. But Justin Dentmon, one of only two Washington starters to have played Gonzaga before, missed his first 10 shots. The sophomore point guard, who led the Huskies past Gonzaga last December in Seattle when scored 11 of his team's final 17 points, had just seven Saturday - on 2-for-14 shooting.

Loyola Marymount - 73
UC Irvine - 65

Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 9) - Loyola Marymount, playing in their ninth game in 22 days following a six-game road swing, went to a full court press for 40 full minutes to defeat UC Irvine 73-65 at Gersten Pavilion on Saturday night. It was the Lions first home game since Nov. 19 as 11 players made the full court press effective for LMU.

The Lions forced 16 turnovers and committed a season-low six themselves to improve to 7-4 on the season and remain perfect at home with a 4-0 mark this season and 11-5 overall under Head Coach Rodney Tention. The Anteaters fall to 3-5 on the year.

The six turnovers is the lowest since the Lions had six against Santa Clara in January of 2003. The Lions committed six on Jan. 16, 1993 against Gonzaga. The six turnovers is the record low for the program since at least 1980.

Senior Brandon Worthy hade 16 points and six assists while fellow senior Matthew Knight went for 15 points and 10 rebounds, his 22nd career double-double. While Worthy and Knight continued their consistent play, the Lions' win was a balanced attack. Senior Adoyah Miller had 14 points in his first start of the year, while senior John Montgomery and junior Jon Ziri each had eight.

"We played a lot of guys tonight," said Tention. "Brandon and Matty have been carrying the load. We have been talking a lot about rotating the basketball and executing the system. Tonight we had a consistent effort from all of our guys. If we can continue to that, we will be alright."

The game featured 10 lead changes and 10 ties as the Lions took a halftime lead for the first time in five games, 30-28. However, UC Irvine took a six-point lead with 13:43 remaining when Patrick Sanders, who led the Anteaters with 18 points, hit a jumper to make it 44-38.

LMU would go on a 5-0 run to get back to within one and then took the lead with 9:06 remaining on a Ziri three-pointer. The game would then be tied or have a lead change 11 times over the next five minutes. The Lions constant pressure finally broke through as the Lions posted up six straight points to take a 68-62 lead.

The run started with a steal by Worthy and a jumper by Miller with 3:38 remaining to go up 64-62. The Lions forced another UCI turnover on a Worthy steal that was converted on a Knight lay-up to make it 66-62. With 1:58 remaining Montgomery hit a pair of free throws to go up 68-62.

A Darren Fells lay-up cut the lead to four, 68-64, with 1:33 remaining. Fells finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The teams traded a free throw before Miller drained four straight free throws to secure the win.

"Our strategy tonight was to put a lot of pressure on them. We saw in film they had trouble handling the pressure and wanted to really force them to work at getting into the half court offense," said Tention. "I think our guys really enjoyed playing that pressure defense. This might have been our best 40 minutes of the season."

The Lions well have a week off for finals before heading off to San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 16 for a 7 p.m. start. The game can be heard on Lions' All-Access through KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.

Saint Mary's - 65
Cal State Bakersfield - 57

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Diamon Simpson had his second double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds as Saint Mary's rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat Cal State Bakersfield 65-57 Saturday night.

Bakersfield (2-5), playing its first season of Division I basketball, built a 22-10 advantage midway through the first half before Saint Mary's (6-4) cut the lead to 32-29 at halftime.

The Gaels stepped up their defense and became more aggressive on the boards in the second half, outrebounding the Roadrunners 26-13 and limiting them to less than 35 percent shooting. Bakersfield hit nearly 61 percent from the floor in the first half.

Saint Mary's outscored Bakersfield 20-9 in second-chance points as it grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. The Gaels also had a 23-8 advantage from the free throw line as Ian O'Leary, who finished with 12 points, sank 10 of 11 attempts.

San Diego - 72
Cal - 67

Berkeley, CA) - The USD Toreros (6-4) won their fourth straight game with an outstanding 72-67 road win over the Cal Bears in the championship game of the Golden Bear Classic. Sophomore guard Brandon Johnson (23 points) was named the tournament MVP, and Gyno Pomare (21 points) joined him on the All-Tournament Team as the Toreros earned a big win over a Pac-10 team on the road. With the win USD improves to 6-4 while the host Bears fall to 7-3. One of the keys to the outcome was USD taking care of the ball as they turned it over a season-low 5 times. The Toreros overcame a Cal 6-point advantage with about 15 minutes to go in the game.

"I'm so proud of our team," said an elated Brad Holland. "From two weeks ago at San Antonio when we were struggling, to a solid showing against San Diego State at Cox, this team has just kept improving on a daily basis. Tonight we beat a Pac-10 team on the road, our fourth win in a row, and this team is just playing with a lot of confidence. To me as a head coach, this ranks in the top five wins for me at USD."

USD played a solid first half, but struggled to connect on some open looks. Despite just shooting 40% to Cal's 55.6%, the Toreros were down just three at intermission, 37-34. The Bears extended their lead to 6 points at 47-41, but Johnson answered with two quick buckets and the game stayed close the rest of the way. The Toreros took their first lead of the 2nd half with 10:12 to go on a Danny Brown three-pointer for a 55-53 lead. USD would hold the lead the rest of the way and found themselves up 68-61 with 2:10 go. Cal cut it to one at 68-67 on a three by Ryan Anderson with :47 seconds left, but Johnson nailed a jumper with :21 seconds for a 70-67 advantage. Following a missed trey by Cal, Gyno Pomare was fouled and cashed in on both free throws with :05 seconds to ice the big win.

Cal (7-3) was paced by Ayinde Ubaka with 15 points, and forward Ryan Anderson with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Santa Clara - 67
Pacific - 49

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Danny Pariseau scored a game-high 20 points and five assists Saturday night as Santa Clara pulled away in the second half to rout Pacific 67-49, the Tigers' worst home loss in 15 seasons.

Pacific, trailing 28-23 at halftime, scored the first seven points of the second half to take its first lead since the game's opening moments.

But Mitch Henke scored eight consecutive points to complete a 16-1 Santa Clara run midway through the second half that turned a close game into a blowout.

Henke finished with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Broncos (6-3). Michael White and C.J. Morgan each scored 10 points to lead Pacific (3-6), which lost its third game in a row.

Santa Clara built an eight-point lead three times in the first half, but Pacific rallied to get within 24-23 on Anthony Brown's two free throws with 2:31 to play before the break. But the Tigers didn't score again the remainder of the half.

The Broncos outscored Pacific 14-2 inside the paint, and the Tigers shot 26 percent from the field in the first half, making only six of their 23 shots.

Cal State Fullerton - 83
Pepperdine - 81

MALIBU, Calif. - Senior guard Marvin Lea missed a potential game-winning three-point basket with time expiring allowing Cal State Fullerton to escape with an 83-81 victory over Pepperdine Saturday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Trailing by as many as 14 points in the second half, the Waves (2-8) rallied to take their only lead of the game at 69-68 following a steal and lay-up by junior guard Kingsley Costain with 6:12 remaining.

However, the Titans (6-2) went on a 10-2 run to take a 78-71 lead with 4:37 left in the game. Pepperdine would cut the lead to one on two different occasions, but was unable to complete the comeback.

Costain led the Waves with a career-high 23 points, while senior guard Chase Griffin chipped in with 20 and Lea recorded his second career double-double after totaling 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

The loss marked Pepperdine's fifth defeat by nine points or less and fourth by five points or less.

After shooting just 32.5 percent from the field in the first half, the Waves found their mark in the second half, connecting on 53.6 percent of their field goal attempts and finished the game shooting 41.2 percent.

For the first time this season, Pepperdine out-rebounded its opponent, holding a 50-45 advantage, and committed more turnovers than its opponent, making 20 while forcing just 16.

Cal State Fullerton had five players finish in double figures and was led by senior Bobby Brown, who tallied 22 points.

Pepperdine returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Cal State Bakersfield at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 7 p.m.

Eastern Washington - 87
Portland - 66

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland men's basketball team fell 87-66 to hot-shooting Eastern Washington at the Chiles Center Saturday night. The Pilots fall to 2-9 on the season while the Eagles improve to 5-4.

Eastern Washington's sophomore sensation Rodney Stuckey paced all scorers with 18 points while also adding eight assists and seven rebounds, leading three Eastern Washington players in double digits. The Eagles' 87 points marked a season high for points scored against the Pilots; going into tonight's game Portland was allowing an average of only 56 points per game.

Kevin Field was Portland's high scorer with 14, matching a career-high for the senior center. Sophomore point guard Brian McTear also matched a career high with 11 points, while senior Ben Sullivan also pitched in 11 and sophomore Walter Thompson contributed 10.

Sophomore Jaime Jones had eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end. The total marks a new career high for Jones, who matched his previous career high of 12 rebounds earlier this week against Weber State. For the season, Jones is averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds, both tops on the team.

Despite the career nights for several Pilots, the Eagles shot 53 percent from the field, including a blistering 12-for-23 (52 percent) from the three-point line. Portland shot 39 percent for the game while going 2-14 from beyond the arc.

It was all Eastern Washington in the first half as the Eagles jumped to an early 19-12 lead and never looked back. Eastern Washington shot 56 percent from the field in the half, including 26 points in the paint as the team cruised to a 45-23 halftime lead. The Eagles' 45 points was the highest total the Pilots have allowed in the first half so far this season.

The Pilots managed to trim the deficit to 18 at 46-28 early in the second half, but Eastern Washington then scored 12 consecutive points to put the game out of reach. The Pilots outscored the Eagles 43-42 for the half, but it was too little too late.

"I think defensively we were alright tonight," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "But we gave up 25 points off turnovers and that's problematic."

Portland held a 41-36 rebounding edge, including 22 offensive rebounds.

EWU freshman Michael Taylor added 15 points and Omar Krayem chipped in 11 for the Eagles.

The Pilots now embark on a two-game road trip, traveling to Weber State on Dec. 16 before heading to South Bend, Ind. to face Notre Dame on Dec. 19. Portland returns home for a meeting with Montana on Friday, Dec. 22, squaring off against the Grizzlies at 7 p.m. at the Chiles Center.