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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 14, 2006

San Diego - 81
Campbell - 69

San Diego, CA - The USD Toreros (7-4) won their fifth straight game with tonight's 81-69 home win over the visiting Campbell Fighting Camels (3-4). Senior guard Ross DeRogatis scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as USD held a 50-40 halftime advantage. Gyno Pomare came off the bench to contribute 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Theo White (13 rebounds) and Brandon Johnson (10 assists) also reached double digits in key areas. Campbell's Eric Smith led four teammates in double figures with 13 points. USD returns to the JCP this Saturday when they face Furman (5-4) in a 4:05 p.m. contest.

"We played well enough to win," said head coach Brad Holland. "Our 2nd half defense was better than the first, and that was the difference. Campbell is a scrappy team that makes you play differently. Theo White continues to rebound so well, and DeJon came up with 7 rebounds. That was important."

Campbell jumped out to a 7-2 early lead, but DeRogatis nailed his first trey and Daniel Fleming hit back-to-back baskets. USD would go up by as many as 12 at 43-31 with 3:42 to go before settling for the 50-40 intermission lead. USD shot 60.6% from the field and made 9-16 threes in the first half, but their 13 turnovers prevented them from pulling away. Campbell's Jonathan Rodriguez tallied 10 first half points, but was held scoreless in the 2nd half.

In the 2nd half Campbell scored the first 5 points on a layup by Reggie Bishop and three by Stephon Griffin to pull to within 50-45, but USD's DeJon Jackson scored on a layup and USD would go on to control the game the rest of the way. Besides his career-best 13 rebounds, Theo White also scored 6 points and totaled 5 steals. For the game USD shot 46.8% from the field (29-62) to Campbell's 41.1% (23-56). The Toreros finished with 11 made threes on 21 attempts; Campbell was just 6-for-23. USD owned the boards, 42-33.

Cal State Bakersfield - 82
Pepperdine - 76

Malibu, CA - Richard Andrews scored a game-high 21 points to lead a group of five players in double figures as Cal State Bakersfield posted an 82-76 victory over host Pepperdine Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Junior guard Kingsley Costain was the top scorer for the Waves (2-9) with 19 points while senior guards Marvin Lea and Gregg Barlow scored 18 and 10 points, respectively.

The Roadrunners (3-5), who trailed by six points with 10:50 remaining went on a 13-5 run over the next four minutes to take a 66-64 lead with 6:25 to play and would never trail again.

Pepperdine was hurt on the boards as Cal State Bakersfield held a 44-29 rebounding advantage and had 20 offensive rebounds.

After trailing 38-33 at halftime, the Waves opened the second half with a 13-6 run to take a 46-44 lead with 15:23 remaining on a layup by Costain. Pepperdine held the lead until Andrews made a pair of free throws to put the Roadrunners ahead by two and marked the 12th lead change of the game.

A poor first half shooting the ball hurt Pepperdine as it shot just 36.4 percent (12 of 33) in the first half and fell behind by 10 points with 2:39 remaining in the half.

The Waves shot 60.7 percent in the second half and finished the game at 47.5 percent while the Roadrunners connected on 46.8 percent of their field goal attempts.

Pepperdine concludes it three-game homestand on Saturday when it hosts Northern Arizona at Firestone Fieldhouse beginning at 7 p.m.