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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 28, 2006

Pepperdine - 90
Binghamton - 83

Albuquerque, NM - Sophomore forward Willie Galick scored a career-high 20 points and senior guard Marvin Lea recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Pepperdine to a 90-83 victory over Binghamton in a first-round game of the Comcast Lobo Invitational Thursday night at The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Waves (4-10), who have won two of their last three games will play host New Mexico in the championship game Friday at 7:15 p.m. (PST). The Lobos (10-3) posted a 91-59 victory over Alcorn State earlier in the day.

Pepperdine also received double-digit scoring from senior guard Chase Griffin (18) and junior guard Kingsley Costain (17).

The Waves fell behind 11-2 early in the game and trailed by as many as 10 points before tying the game 36-36 with 2:07 remaining in the opening period. The Waves took their first lead (38-36) of the game on a lay-up by Griffin and led 44-41 at halftime.

The second half had three ties and four lead changes. At one point midway through the second half Pepperdine held Binghamton (6-5) scoreless for nearly eight minutes. The Waves built their advantage to 14 points at 85-71 on a dunk by Galick with two minutes remaining.

The Bearcats' Mike Gordon scored a game-high 22 points, Troy Hailey added 19 points, Steve Proctor contributed 11 and Duane James recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

It was a costly win for the Waves, who lost Tomas Pranciliauskas midway through the second half after he suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Saint Mary's - 93
Western Carolina - 82

MORAGA, Calif. -Wayne Hunter and Ian O'Leary combined for 41 points and hit 10 straight free throws as Saint Mary's scored a 93-82 victory over Western Carolina in its Shamrock Office Solutions Classic on Thursday.

Hunter and O'Leary both had season-highs with 21 and 20 respectively for Saint Mary's (7-8), which snapped a four-game losing streak. The Gaels, who connected on 14 of 15 free throws in the final 1:22, did not score from the floor in nearly the last four minutes.

Western Carolina (5-7) cut what had been an 18-point Saint Mary's lead to 80-75 before the Gaels iced the game at the line. Saint Mary's had been only 13-for-22 from the line up to that point.

Both teams wound up shooting an identical 30-of-52 from the floor, with Western Carolina hitting 9-of-17 3-pointers, while Saint Mary's was 6-of-14 from beyond the arc.

Saint Mary's began to edge away late in the first half, building a 43-36 halftime advantage as O'Leary and Diamon Simpson both scored 11 first half points. The Gaels came out strong in the second half, holding Western Carolina to only two field goals through the first seven minutes.

Western Carolina then mounted its comeback behind freshmen Nick Aldridge, who had a career-high 28, and Jake Robinson, who had 18, including 4-for-4 from 3-point range, before the Gaels slipped away.

Negus McKenna finished with 11 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night from the floor, and Antonio Russell had 10 for Western Carolina.

O'Leary nearly missed a double-doouble as he had a game-high nine rebounds. Simpson ended the night with 17 points and five rebounds and Todd Golden added 13 points, making 3-of-7 3-pointer while going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Saint Mary's will face Belmont in the championship game of the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic on Friday night beginning at 7:35 p.m. The Belmont Bruins posted an 87-85 win over Rice in the tournaments opening game. Belmont's Justin Hare hit the game-winner from 15 feet out with 1.1 seconds left in the game. Hare finished the game with 22 points. Rice was let by the nation's leading scorer Morris Almond as he had 28 points for the Owls. Rice and Western Carolina will play the consolation game beginning at 5 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion.

Santa Clara - 53
Colgate - 39

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - John Bryant had 10 points and nine rebounds in helping Santa Clara beat Colgate 53-39 on Thursday night in an opening round game of the Cable Car Classic.

Danny Pariseau added 11 points as the Broncos (10-4) won their fifth straight at home. Calvin Johnson also scored 10 for Santa Clara.

Kendall Chones scored 11 to lead the Raiders (5-6), which lost for the third time in four games. Colgate's leading scorer Jon Simon was held to a season-low three points.

Santa Clara will meet the winner of a later game between No. 23 Air Force and George Washington in Friday's championship game.

The Raiders scoring woes continued into the second half. During a 23-minute stretch that spanned both halves, the Broncos outscored Colgate 36-16.

Santa Clara helped keep the Raiders in the game, making just five of its first 18 shots in the second half. The Raiders drew within 43-35 when Dan Gentile hit a jumper with 5:17 remaining to play.

That was as close as they came the rest of the game.

Colgate grabbed the early lead but suddenly went cold from the field, scoring eight points over the final 12:32 of the first half. The Raiders went scoreless over a five minute span after opening a 10-7 advantage.

The Broncos jumped on the opportunity to build a 17-point into the final minutes of the half, riding a 24-2 run.

Colgate scored the half's final four points to pull within 31-18 at the intermission.

Oregon - 76
Portland - 49

EUGENE, Ore. - The Portland Pilots dropped a 76-49 decision to the undefeated and 20th-ranked Oregon Ducks Thursday night at McArthur Court in front of an announced crowd of 8,505. Junior Maarty Leunen led all scorers with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Ducks (12-0), who remain one of four unbeaten teams in the country. Senior guard Darren Cooper reached double figures for the fourth consecutive game and led the Pilots (3-12) with 12 points.

It looked like a rout was on early as Oregon jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but the Pilots used a 9-0 run to gain their first lead of the game. After some back-and-forth scoring, Portland gained an 18-16 edge with 6:43 remaining on a jumper by Sherrard Watson. Oregon responded with a 14-0 run as Cooper was relegated to the bench with two personal fouls.

The Ducks led 34-21 at the half, mainly because of an 11-2 edge in second chance points. Oregon had 14 first-half offensive rebounds and held a 31-16 edge on the boards for the period. UO freshman Joevan Catron had 13 himself and finished the night with a career-high 17 total.

The Pilots came out of the half and cut the lead to 34-25 on a free throw by Cooper, but Ducks senior Aaron Brooks drilled a pair of threes and a runner in the lane to push the margin to 46-27. Leunen erupted for 21 points in the second stanza as the Ducks pushed the margin into the 20s.

Cooper, who had shot 61 percent from the field in his three previous games since returning from a strained hamstring, struggled to a 2-for-13 shooting day from the field and just 1-of-5 from three-point range. He made 7-of-8 from the foul line.

Portland freshman point guard Taishi Ito, who missed the last five games while visiting an ill family member in Japan, played 28 minutes off the bench and finished with a career-high nine points. He also drew four offensive foul calls.

The Pilots shot 25 percent from the field, while Oregon finished at 38 percent. The Ducks controlled the rebounding by a 54-33 margin. Portland entered the game having outrebounded opponents in 10 of the first 14 games this season.

"To be dominated (in rebounding) was a surprise," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "I think as the game went on (Oregon) turned it up in terms of effort. Fatigue played a role for our guys, but I think their athleticism, quickness to the ball, and how they spread the floor offensively made it difficult on us."

Brooks finished with 19 points for the Ducks, while Adam Zahn added 10 points and seven boards.

Portland will conclude its non-conference schedule with a home game against Lewis and Clark College on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. The Pilots will then host the Pepperdine Waves at the Chiles Center on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in the West Coast Conference opener for both schools. The game will be televised in the Portland area on KPDX (PDX49).

Louisville - 76
San Francisco - 63

Louisville, KY - The USF Dons completed a pre-conference schedule that saw them play all but four of 15 games away from War Memorial Gymnasium by dropping a 76-63 decision at Louisville Thursday night at Freedom Hall.

Terrence Williams scored 21 points, David Padgett 20 and Edgar Sosa 18 to pace Louisville (9-4). USF (4-11) was led by Antonio Kellogg's 14 points, 12 by Alan Wiggins, Jr. and 11 by Danny Cavic. Cavic scored a season high 11 points, making three of four three-pointers.

The Dons gave the home standing Cardinal all they could handle for much of the game, holding the lead with 7:47 remaining in the contest. Louisville then began an 11-0 run that put them up 10 and in control at 66-56. The Dons comeback attempt down the stretch was thwarted when USF made two crucial turnovers and missed four free-throws.

The Cardinals, started hitting their shots after intermission, making 17 of 32 attempts in the second half. Williams scored 18 points in the second half, going seven of nine from the floor.

"I thought we came out and played at the pace we wanted. We spread the floor and made them turn the ball over and did what we wanted to do," said Dons head coach Jessie Evans. "We came out determined but then we got a little fatigued late in the game. After we got tired we didn't respond as well as I would have liked. We did not stay aggressive and continue to trap. They did what they wanted to in the end and we had trouble defending Padgett. We were not patient enough on offense and did not take care of the basketball. Again, we need to play for a full 40 minutes. We had a chance with four minutes left, but didn't get it done.

"Give credit to Louisville, they attacked the glass. Their offense just starts when they put the ball up. Then they really come after it and attacked on the boards.

"Now we have a 0-0 record as far as league is concerned. We open with a home game and need to get off to a good start."

Louisville, despite shooting just 28.1% in the first half led the contest 26-23 at the break. It was a period where both teams struggled from the floor as the Cards went 9-32 before the break and USF went just 9-28. Padgett led the home team with 14 first half points, making 5 of 6 shots while the rest of his team went 4-26 from the floor, 1-11 from three-point range. The only USF players connecting in the first stanza were Jay Watkins, who was 2-3 floor and Danny Cavic who was 3 of 6. USF trailed 14-9 to start the game but took the lead at 18-16 with 8:53 remaining in the half. Padgett had 14 first half points for Louisville, while Cavic had eight for USF.

The game ended USF's pre-conference schedule that saw them play just four of 15 games at home and travel to the states of Ohio, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii and Kentucky.

The Dons will open WCC play at home on January 6th against red-hot San Diego (9-4) who has won seven straight, and then return to the road to play in Los Angeles the following weekend.