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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 19, 2006

LMU - 84
Boise State - 82 (2OT)

Los Angeles, CA - Senior John Montgomery hit a kiss off the glass with less than three seconds to play in double overtime to lift Loyola Marymount to an 84-82 win over Boise State at Gersten Pavilion on Tuesday afternoon.

It was a career night for many of the Lions. Senior Matthew Knight equaled a career-high with 32 points and nine rebounds, senior Adoyah Miller set a career high with 23 points, hitting six three-pointers and junior Damian Martin set a school record with nine steals, adding a team-high and a career-high 10 rebounds.

"Matty had a monster night, Adoyah really kept us in it in the first half with his shooting and Damo (Damian) just was a monster on defense," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. Martin held Broncos leading scorer with 14 points and forced him into four turnovers. "Damo's defense on Carl was amazing." Matt Nelson led Boise State with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

The Lions scored the first six points in the second overtime to go up 82-76. Senior Brandon Worthy, who had 14 points and six assists, hit a jumper to start the second frame, had one of his two steals to set-up his monster dunk over Carl. He was fouled and the free throw was good to make it 81-76.

Miller hit a free throw to make it 82-76 before Boise State scored the next six points, the last four on free throws to tie it at 82-82 with 1:39 remaining. Both teams had a chance, including Boise State with 10 seconds remaining after a Lions miss. However, Matt Bauscher's inbound pass went out of bounds to give the Lions the ball back.

Monty took the inbound pass and went right of the paint where he pulled up and hit the eight-foot jumper. Anthony Thomas' three-pointer at the buzzer sailed right to give the Lions the win.

"It was a side out-of-bounds play. Monty caught it and his first option was to Adoyah. Monty made a great read to drive and pull-up. It was a great, senior-type play."

It was the Lions third game decided or extended on the last play this season as they go 5-0 in games decided by three or less. The Lions improve to 8-5 on the season, 5-0 at home and 9-1 all-time in double overtime, winning the last six straight. Boise State falls to 5-5.

The Lions trailed by as many as 13 in the first half and were down by three with 1:09 remaining in regulation, 64-61. Miller hit his sixth three-pointer with 47 seconds to play to send it to the games first overtime. Miller finished 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.

In the first overtime, Boise State took a four-point lead at 74-70 before Knight and Marko Deric hit back-to-back jumpers to tie it at 74-74. Boise State took the lead on a jumper by Karl with 10 seconds to play. Worthy then set the tone for the start of the second half by tying the game at 76-76 with 5.1 remaining.

The Lions finish the mini two-game homestand on Friday when they host Long Beach State at 7:05 p.m.

Notre Dame - 86
Portland - 69

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The University of Portland men's basketball team hung around all game, but the No. 20 Notre Dame Fighting Irish held on for an 86-69 win Tuesday night at the Joyce Center. It marks the eighth straight win for the Fighting Irish (9-1), while the Pilots (2-11) lost their eighth consecutive outing.

Irish senior Russell Carter scored a game-high 28 points, including 18 in the second half, while junior Rob Kurz added 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Brian McTear led the Pilots with a career-high 14 points and six assists, while senior Darren Cooper added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. Freshman Ethan Niedermeyer and senior Chris Jackson also tallied career-highs with eight and nine points, respectively.

Trailing 35-29 at the half, Portland's Sherrard Watson drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to three points. The Irish then went on a 10-2 run to push the margin to double-digits. A pair of free throws by Carter pushed the lead to 56-43 with 12:43 remaining, but the Pilots bounced back with an 8-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Cooper to make it 56-51 with 10:49 left.

Carter continued to pile up the points, but a free throw by Jackson made it 65-56 with less than eight minutes remaining. The Irish were able to pull away late and led by as much as 20 in the closing minutes.

"We appreciate the opportunity to play such a good team in this setting," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "They have potential to be a great team and I thought our guys stepped up and played well."

Portland shot 50 percent for the game, including 6-for-10 from the three-point line. The Pilots entered the game shooting just 39 percent from the field and 24 percent from three-point range.

"Our guys made shots tonight," Reveno said. "We focus on effort and execution, trying to be a sound and competitive team. We've struggled offensively this season, but tonight it came together, we executed and knocked down shots."

Notre Dame shot 41 percent from the field, but converted 34-of-42 free throw attempts and 8-of-20 three-pointers.

Portland had 19 turnovers to Notre Dame's 10, allowing 24 points off turnovers. The Irish also gained an 18-7 edge in second chance points, courtesy of 15 offensive rebounds.

Portland came out with great energy in a hostile environment and gained an early six point lead and led a good majority of the first half. Ahead 27-25 with 5:45 remaining, the Irish tied the game on a layup by Kurz. A technical foul on the Portland bench on the ensuing possession resulted in four free throws, which the Irish converted. Notre Dame would not relinquish the lead.

The Pilots will next be in action at the Chiles Center on Friday, Dec. 22 against the Montana Grizzlies at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on KKAD 1550 AM or online at portlandpilots.com.

Saint Joseph's - 55
Saint Mary's - 51

Philadelphia, PA - Rob Ferguson scored 15 points and D.J. Rivera hit two crucial free throws in the last 11 seconds as Saint Joseph's defeated Saint Mary's. 55-51 Tuesday night.

Omar Samhan had a career-high 18 points and Yusef Smith scored in double digits for the first time in his career with 11 points for the Gaels (6-7). The road loss for Saint Mary's marked it sixth defeat away from McKeon Pavilion this season.

Samhan was 8-for-14 from the floor as the Gaels shot 36.4 percent from the floor overall, making 20-of-55 shots overall. SMC was 2-for-9 from 3-point land as Ian O'Leary and Smith made threes for the Gaels. The three by O'Leary was his only basket of the night.

Saint Mary's, which shot 42 percent from the floor in the first half, led by as many as five points in the first half, but a 5-point run by the Hawks to end the first half had Saint Joseph's (6-4) and the Gaels tied 30-30 at the break.

The Hawks continued their run into the second half, starting the second session with 11 unanswered points to take a 41-30 lead and led 45-36 with 11:37 left to play. Diamon Simpson then sparked a 13-4 Saint Mary's spurt, and the Gaels tied the score 49-49 on a layup by Samhan at the 5:11 mark. Simpson finished the game with 10 points.

Saint Joseph's moved ahead 53-49 before a layup by Samhan narrowed the gap to 53-51 with 2:07 remaining. Neither team scored again, and Rivera's two free throws accounted for the final score.

Saint Mary's converted just 8-of-27 shots in the second half to shot 29 percent over the final 20 minutes of the game.Pat Calathes and Jawan Carter each had 13 points for Saint Joseph's, playing without leading scorer Ahmad Nivins, who was sidelined with a sprained ankle.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, when the Gaels host the Southern Illinois. The game between the Gaels and Salukis will tip-off at 11 a.m. from McKeon Pavilion.

Kentucky - 74
Santa Clara - 60

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Despite putting up a strong effort on the road at one of the country's most storied arenas, the Santa Clara Broncos fell 74-60 to the Kentucky Wildcats in front of 21,961 fans. Mitch Henke tied his season high with 17 points, while Danny Pariseau added 14 points in the loss. Randolph Morris had 23 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Kentucky stretched its winning streak to four games. The loss snapped Santa Clara's three-game losing streak as the Broncos fell to 8-4 on the season.

Early on it appeared the SCU might spring an upset as Pariseau scored five points and set up Henke for a three-point play to give Dick Davey's squad an early 9-3 lead. However, the Wildcats got back into the game and took an 10-9 lead with 13 minutes left in the half.

After trading baskets for most of the half, Kentucky (8-3) got some breathing room as it pulled out to a 30-23 lead with Morris scoring six straight points. However, Pariseau kept the Broncos hopes alive at the half by scoring five points in the final minute to send the teams to the locker room separated by only two points.

After an 8-2 spurt to open the second half by Kentucky put the Wildcats up by eight, the Broncos fought back again to get within four. They appeared ready to cut the lead to two points but a Brody Angley lay-up was blocked on an apparent goaltending violation. At the other end, Michael Porter nailed a three-pointer to give Kentucky a seven-point cushion.

SCU would get within one point with 13:52 remaining on a Pariseau jumper, but the Wildcats would not relinquish the lead. They scored six straight to pull out to an eight-point lead.

While the Broncos kept it close the rest of the way, they would not get within more than five points. A three by Angley briefly gave SCU hope with six minutes left, but Morris answered with a fast break dunk to keep the Broncos at bay.

The crowd of 21,961 was the largest ever to attend a regular season game involving Santa Clara.

Santa Clara now returns home for six straight home games beginning with a matinee match-up against the Utah State Aggies on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 1:00 p.m. PT.