Jan. 15, 2008
Gonzaga - 92
Pepperdine - 57
MALIBU, Calif. - The largest crowd of the season cheered on the Pepperdine men's basketball team, but Gonzaga was too much in a 92-57 loss at Firestone Fieldhouse on Monday night in a West Coast Conference game.
The Waves dropped to 6-12 overall and 0-2 in the WCC in front of a crowd of 2,954 and a television audience on ESPN's "Big Monday." Gonzaga improved to 13-4, 2-0.
Pepperdine freshman guard Tyrone Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) scored 15 points and also had four rebounds, four blocks and four steals, but he was the only Wave in double-figures. The Waves shot just 36.9% from the field.
Gonzaga's shooters were on all night and finished at 58.5% from the field. Four Bulldogs scored in double-figures, led by Austin Daye's 19.
Gonzaga built a double-digit lead just 5 ½ minutes into the game at 17-6 and was up by 20 points at 28-8 with 12:18 to go in the first half. The Bulldogs led 50-27 at the break.
The lead continued to grow in the second half, as Gonzaga scored the first 10 points to go ahead 60-27 with 17:40 to go. The Bulldogs' biggest lead of 38 points came with 5:52 left at 85-47, and again at 87-49.
The Waves head back onto the road next week for games at Saint Mary's on Saturday, Jan. 19, and at Santa Clara on Monday, Jan. 21. The Santa Clara contest will be televised on ESPNU. Fans can also listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.
Loyola Marymount - 73
Portland - 68
Los Angeles, CA - In a game that featured the two youngest teams in the West Coast Conference, Loyola Marymount University showed maturity down the stretch with an 8-0 run late to pull away for 73-68 win over Portland in WCC action at Gersten Pavilion on Monday night. The Lions shot 54 percent with just four turnovers in the second half to turn a three-point halftime deficit into their first WCC win of the season.
Four players finished in double figures for the Lions, including the second career double-double for freshman Orlando Johnson who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Shawn Deadwiler added 16 points and five assists while Corey Counts added 14 points and Tim Diederichs 10.
With the win, the Lions snap a seven-game skid overall and an eight-game skid at home to improve to 1-1 in the WCC and 4-14 overall. Portland also sits at 1-1 in conference play and 6-11 overall with the loss.
"This was a good win for us and I am really happy for the players," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "We have been working really hard in practice at getting better. Wish we had more wins, but we are 1-1 in conference play and that is all that matters."
LMU entered the game averaging 20 turnovers per contest on the season but finished with a season-low 12, outscoring the Pilots 20-5 in points off turnovers. "The guys fought hard tonight. The win is a direct reflection of taking care of the ball. We turned it over just four times in the second half and we won. There is a direct correlation to success and taking care of the ball."
In a game that featured 11 lead changes and eight ties, the Lions fell down 35-30 early in the second half. Then with 17:32 left, the Lions trailed 37-33 after a lay-up by Kramer Knutson. A 7-0 run put the Lions right back in front, capped by a Counts three-pointer with 15:29 remaining.
Back-to-back baskets by the Pilots gave them a 41-40 lead with 14:41 to play. Deadwiler would swing it right back to the Lions with a three-pointer at 13:27 and the Lions would never trail again.
They would deliver the final dagger in the final six minutes. Leading 57-55, the Lions scored eight straight to make it a 10-point game at 65-55. The final four points of the run came on free throws from Counts who would hit two more to keep the lead at 10. The Lions finished the final 1:30 of the game by going 12-for-16 from the charity stripe to earn the victory.
LMU finished the game shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three. Portland hit 42.9 percent overall and 31.3 from three.