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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Feb. 5, 2008

#23 Saint Mary's - 89
Gonzaga - 85

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Todd Golden hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night with 1:19 left in overtime and Patty Mills scored the final 10 points of regulation and five more in extra time to help No. 25 Saint Mary's beat Gonzaga 89-85 on Monday night.

Mills finished with 23 points, and Golden had 19. Omar Samhan scored five points in OT and finished with 15 for the Gaels (19-3, 6-1), who stayed unbeaten at home at 13-0 in yet another wild game between these West Coast Conference rivals. Saint Mary's also moved into a tie for first place in the conference with Gonzaga.

Diamon Simpson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Gaels, who overcame 26-for-42 free-throw shooting to beat the Zags at home in McKeon Pavilion for the third time in four years and second in a row.

Gonzaga's Micah Downs missed short on a 3 that would have tied it with 5 seconds to play.

Jeremy Pargo did everything he could to keep the Zags in it, hitting a tying 3 with 3:17 left and another the next time down to give Gonzaga the lead. He scored nine in OT and finished with 27 points and nine assists for Gonzaga, which had three players foul out during the extra session.

Austin Daye scored 15 points before for Gonzaga (17-6, 6-1), which faced a ranked conference opponent for the first time since Jan. 27, 1990, the Loyola Marymount team featuring Bo Kimble and the late Hank Gathers.

Santa Clara - 52
Portland - 50

Santa Clara, Calif. (AP) - John Bryant had 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots as Santa Clara beat Portland 52-50 on Monday night.

Brody Angley added 14 points for the Broncos (12-10, 4-3 West Coast Conference), who came back to win after a double overtime loss to Gonzaga on Saturday. Mitch Henke added 11 points.

Nik Raivio scored 23 points for the Pilots (7-16, 1-6), who lost their third straight and sixth in seven overall.

Jared Stohl matched his season-high with 13 points and Robin Smeulders had a season-high 16 rebounds.

Smeulders and Jasonn Hannibal got their first career starts for Portland, replacing Kramer Knutson and Taishi Ito, both of whom started on the bench for the first time this year.

Angley made three free throws midway through the second half to reach 1,000 points for his career. He became the 26th player in school history to achieve the milestone. Bryant moved into second place on Santa Clara's all-time block list with 134.

Angley's 3-pointer with 13:24 remaining to play gave the Broncos the lead for good as it sparked a 10-0 run. After missing 12 of its first 15 shots, Santa Clara put together its short run.

Portland missed 19 of its first 22 shots of the second half and went scoreless over a nine-minute span in which the Broncos eased ahead.

The Pilots made it hard, scoring 20 points in the final five minutes to creep within the final margin.

Andrew Zimmerman sank a pair of free throws with less than three seconds remaining to give the Broncos a 24-23 lead at halftime.

Santa Clara next hosts local rival, No. 24 Saint Mary's, on Monday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard live on 1220 KNTS and SantaClaraBroncos.com.

Loyola Marymount - 72
San Francisco - 67

Los Angeles, CA - A balanced attack and 40 minutes of defense lifted Loyola Marymount men's basketball to a 72-67 win over the University of San Francisco in West Coast Conference play at Gersten Pavilion on Monday night. Four players finished in double figures for the Lions, holding the Dons to just 37 percent shooting while forcing 16 turnovers.

The Lions earned 18 points each from freshman Tim Diederichs and sophomore Shawn Deadwiler and 11 points from freshman Orlando Johnson and junior Corey Counts. Deadwiler added a team-high seven rebounds and Counts put up a career-high eight assists in the Lions' best offensive effort since scoring 79 against Wagner on Dec. 22.

"In our five wins this season, we have kept our turnovers under 15," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. The Lions entered the game averaging more than 19 turnovers but had just 12 against the Dons. "When we take care of the ball, we can move it in our offense and get balance. We had four guys in double figures and that has been consistent in our wins."

LMU opened the game on a 9-0 run and then after trailing by one at the half rattled off an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. The Lions then stretch the lead to a game-high 14-points, 57-43, after a Johnson three-pointer with 10:53 on the clock.

USF cut the lead to 10 before Terron Sutton made it 59-47 with 9:19 remaining. The Lions then went into one of the scoring droughts that have plagued them in WCC play. They went nearly five minutes without a point, but their defense held USF to just seven points in that stretch.

"We went through a stretch again where we struggled. We went to a little more half court offense rather than pushing in transition and I think that was the reason for our slump," said Tention. "But tonight we picked up our defense in that stretch. I have always told them that a team will make a run. You have to increase your defensive intensity and we did that tonight."

A 7-0 run by USF made the score 59-54 and Johnson picked up his fifth foul with 5:37 to play in the game. That's when Counts, the walk-on guard for Los Angeles, stepped up again, scoring the Lions' next nine points. He hit two free throws, hit a 17-footer from the left wing, gathered a steal and went 1-for-2 from the free throw line in three straight possessions to push the lead back to 10, 64-54 with 3:43 to play.

USF, who just earned Head Coach Eddie Sutton his 800th career victory on Saturday, wasn't done, scoring five straight to make it 66-61 after a Manny Quezada three-pointer with 1:52 on the clock. USF had a chance to cut the lead to three thanks to three offensive rebounds by Quezada missed two free throws with :47 on the clock.

Counts then hit two more free throws to make it 68-61 as the Lions went 6-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final minute.

The Lions move into a fifth place tie with San Francisco at 2-5 in WCC play. The Lions are 5-18 overall while USF drops to 6-16. The Lions will head to the Pacific Northwest as they take on Portland on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM and LMULions.com.

San Diego - 61
Pepperdine - 58

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - De'Jon Jackson scored 20 points and San Diego held off a second-half charge from Pepperdine for a 61-58 victory Monday night.

Rob Jones had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Toreros (13-11, 6-1 West Coast Conference), who won their fifth straight game.

Freshman Malcolm Thomas had 18 points, 15 rebounds, six blocked shots and four assists for Pepperdine (7-16, 1-6). It was his fifth double-double of the season. Fellow freshman Tyrone Shelley added 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Waves trailed by 13 at halftime, but fought back to within a point late in the second half, then missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game to overtime.

On Saturday Pepperdine blew a 19-point second-half lead in a defeat to San Francisco that gave Dons coach Eddie Sutton his 800th career win.