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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 19, 2007

Santa Clara - 72
Utah - 57

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - John Bryant scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds despite playing only 14 minutes because of foul trouble in Santa Clara's 72-57 win over Utah on Monday night.

Bryant played intermittently after picking up two fouls in the first 87 seconds of the game, but helped the Broncos (3-1) hold the Utes (2-2) without a basket for nearly eight minutes of the second half while pulling away.

Bryant picked up his second foul of the game with 18:33 left in the first half and did not play the rest of the half. However, Okechukwu Mbanugo came off the bench and gave SCU solid play in the middle and the Broncos found themselves leading 29-27 at the half. Bryant came out and poured in 17 points in the second half, while also slowing down Utah's seven-footer, Luke Nevill, defensively.

SCU pulled away with a 21-4 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-point plays by Mbanugo. Calvin Johnson scored 21 points for the Broncos, including back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch to finish off the run. The second one came after Nevill swatted away a layup attempt by Brody Angley, and gave the Broncos a 62-45 lead with 2:34 left.

The Broncos then made 10 straight free throws to clinch the victory.

Johnnie Bryant scored 19 points to lead the Utes, including 17 in the second half. But Nevill managed only 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting, and SCU held the Utes to only 39 percent shooting in the second half.

Angley had a great all-around game for the Broncos with 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Mbanugo set a career high with 24 minutes played and Cedric Latimer contributed a career high eight points in 12 minutes of play.

Santa Clara does not play again until after Thanksgiving when they travel to Sacramento to take on the Hornets of Sacramento State on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. PT. Fans can catch all the action on 1220 KNTS or SantaClaraBroncos.com.

San Diego State - 69
San Diego - 64

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Lorrenzo Wade scored six straight points during the decisive stretch and finished with 14 to lead the Aztecs to a 69-64 win over the Toreros Monday night. SDSU beat USD for the fifth time in six games.

Four of the Aztecs' five wins have come away from home.

USD fell to 2-2 under first-year coach Bill Grier despite getting 20 points apiece from Brandon Johnson and Gyno Pomare in the intense game. Pomare also had 10 rebounds.

Johnson had 16 points at halftime, including four 3-pointers, but was shut down in the second half. He committed eight of USD's 25 turnovers. SDSU had 15 steals.

"We felt coming in we had to take care of the ball," Grier said. "If you had told me that we would shoot 48 percent and outrebound them, I would have thought we would win."

USD outrebounded the Aztecs 33-19.

Wade said the Aztecs did a better job in the second half of not giving Johnson so many open shots.

"In the first half he came off a lot of triple screens," Wade said. "We wanted to put as much pressure on him as possible."

Said Grier: "He was worn down. They did a good job of wearing him down by just constantly pressuring him."

Trailing 46-43 midway through the second half, the Aztecs went on a 13-2 run to take control. The run started with a 3-pointer by Kyle Spain and ended with eight straight points, including a slam dunk, a free throw and a 3-pointer by Wade to give SDSU a 56-48 lead with 7:30 to go.

The Aztecs extended the lead to 66-56 on two free throws by Spain with 1:26 left.

Spain finished with 11 points and Ryan Amoroso and Kelvin Davis had 10 apiece.

SDSU led 38-34 at halftime.