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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 19, 2007

Mississippi State - 85
Loyola Marymount - 54

Los Angeles, CA - Entering their game against Mississippi State, Loyola Marymount knew they would have its hands full. The Bulldogs were just the 16th team from one of the five BCS conferences to visit LMU and they came with a point to proof. They entered on a loss, letting a double-digit lead slip while their star player went for a season low on 1-for-14 shooting. They reversed those fortunes with an 85-54 win at Gersten Pavilion on Wednesday night.

LMU had three players in double figures, led by Shawn Deadwiler with 11 points. Freshman Brad Sweezy became the ninth player on the season to go for double-digits, earning a career-best 10 points. Senior Jon Ziri also had 10. LMU falls to 3-9 while Mississippi State improves to 6-5.

"It was no doubt the better team won," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "We came out intimidated and didn't start playing hard until we were way down. We have to learn how to be the aggressor."

Mississippi State leading scorer Jamont Gordon, who had a season-low seven points in the team's loss to South Alabama Saturday, led all scorers with 25 points and seven assists.

The Lions forced 22 turnovers by the Bulldogs on a season-best 13 steals. Ziri had a career-best five to lead the Lions. He was third in the West Coast Conference in steals with more than two per game.

"Some of the players who got a chance to play extended minutes tonight were aggressive," said Tention. "Brad (Sweezy) came off the bench and played hard."

Mississippi State finished the game out-rebounding the Lions 46-32 and had 12 blocks, nine by Jarvis Varnado. The team total ties the Gersten Pavilion record of 12 set by the Lions against US International on Jan. 5, 1991 while the nine by Varnado set the individual record at Gersten Pavilion. The all-time record of blocks against the Lions is 12 by Shaquille O'Neal of LSU on Feb. 4, 1990.

LMU continues their three-game homestand against Wagner on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 3:05 p.m. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.

Stanford - 74
Santa Clara - 48

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Brook Lopez returned from being academically ineligible and had 20 points and six rebounds in his season debut, and Stanford avenged a loss on its home floor last season to Santa Clara with a 74-48 victory Wednesday night for its fifth straight win.

John Bryant scored 17 points to go with nine boards and Brody Angley had 10 points but Santa Clara couldn't overcome a poor first half in which the Broncos shot a season-low 23 percent (5-for-22) for a half and were held to their worst points total of 17. Their total of 48 was a season low after twice being held to 48 last season.

Santa Clara (7-4) struggled from the floor the entire first half and was held scoreless for 5 minutes, 46 seconds after a pair of free throws by Bryant at 11:57 until his basket at 6:11. The Broncos went nearly nine minutes without a made field goal.

Goods finished with 11 points and four assists. The Cardinal, who play only four times in December, shot 44 percent and held a 40-23 rebounding advantage.

Both teams were cold on offense early, with Stanford starting 6-for-19 to 2-of-11 for Santa Clara.