{{ article.title }}

WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 20, 2006

UConn - 88
Pepperdine - 66

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/Staff) - A.J. Price had 17 points to lead four Connecticut players in double figures and the 11th-ranked Huskies pulled away in the second half to beat Pepperdine 88-66 Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center.

Freshman center Hasheem Thabeet and sophomore forward Jeff Adrien didn't miss a shot, scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively, as the Huskies dominated inside. Connecticut finished the contest with a 48-28 advantage on the boards.

Guard Doug Wiggins added 16 points for the Huskies (10-0), who stretched their home winning streak to 29 games.

Sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Waves as he connected on six of 10 three-point field goals.

While Connecticut controlled the paint, Pepperdine (3-10) stayed outside for much of the game.

The Waves hit eight of 15 shots from behind the arc in the first half and finished the game 11 of 27 from three-point range.

Junior guard Kingsley Costain had 14 points and senior guard Chase Griffin added 12 for Pepperdine.

After falling behind 8-0 to start the game and trailing by as many as 12 points with 4:50 remaining in the first half, closed the opening period with a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to 40-36 at halftime.

The Waves stayed close throughout much of the second half before Connecticut went on an 11-0 run beginning at the 10-minute mark to take a 71-53 lead with 6:48 remaining.

Pepperdine will take seven days off for the Christmas holiday before resuming play against Binghamton on December 28 in an opening round game of the Comcast Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hawaii - 89
San Francisco - 85

Honolulu, Hawaii - Matt Lojeski scored 24 points, Bobby Nash 21 and Ahmet Gueye 20 as host Hawai'i survived a late USF comeback to take a 89-85 win over USF before 6,654 at the Outrigger Rainbow Classic in Honolulu Wednesday night.

USF, who was paced by 24 points from Alan Wiggins, Jr. and 22 from Armondo Surratt rallied from a 77-63 deficit to have a chance to tie.

The Dons, who trailed 39-25 at the half were able to cut the lead to three points with just under two minutes left but Armondo Surratt's three from the top of the key failed to connect. USF was able to get within two late in the game, but had to foul and could not get closer.

The Rainbow Warriors improved to 6-4 on the season while USF, playing their eighth game away from home this season, dropped to 4-8.

"We are making improvement on the team, but there is still a lot of work to do," said head coach Jessie Evans. "We let their inside guys take it to us and we didn't get that much help.

"With the schedule we have, we have to keep working and getting better. Our opponents will not make it easy for us. We missed too many easy shots and missed too many open three's while they made theirs."

The Dons played the host Warriors close and trailed just 27-27 with 4:21 left in the first half before Hawai'i went on a 14-0 run that concluded with consecutive long three-pointers by Matt Gibson and Matt Lojeski to take a 39-25 lead. Hawai'i shot 53% from the floor while the Dons shot 46% in the first half.

USF will play Wyoming (8-3) in the consolation bracket game Friday at 1:00 PM Pacific time. The Cowboys lost to Nebraska in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader 73-58.

The game against Hawaii was USF's eighth game away from home out its first 12 contests. It was also the Dons first trip to the Rainbow since 1989.