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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 24, 2007

South Alabama - 77
San Diego - 55

Anaheim, CA - The USD Toreros dropped their 4th straight contest in a span of seven days with today's 77-55 loss to South Alabama. USD, coming off a string of hardfought losses to UNLV, SDSU, and USC, did not produce the same intensity or approach in falling to 2-6 on the season. The Toreros will try to regroup tomorrow before returning Sunday to face UC Irvine in a 12:30 p.m. matchup that will air on ESPNU. Brandon Johnson led USD with 17 points while Gyno Pomare chipped in with 11. South Alabama, which shot 50% for the game, and outrebounded USD 38-21, was paced by guard Demetric Bennett with 28 points.

"I've been talking to the team about lessons learned and I thought they learned the biggest lesson today on how to come out with an approach," said coach Bill Grier. "Our approach wasn't good. We got throttled on the glass and were disjointed on offense. They executed themselves well and we fouled way too much."

The Toreros dug themselves a big hole in the first half by falling behind 36-20 at intermission. The Toreros shot just 21.7% in the first half on 5-of-23 shooting. In the second half, down by as many as 21 points early, fought back to withing 10 points on three occasions, the last at 55-45 with 8:18 to go. That would be as close as USD would get.

Texas Tech - 73
Gonzaga - 63

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alan Voskuil's 28 points and big contributions off the bench sparked Texas Tech to a 73-63 upset of No. 14 Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday night.

The Red Raiders (4-1) will play 22nd-ranked Butler in Saturday's championship.

Gonzaga (4-1) went scoreless for the first 6:27 of the second half as the Bulldogs turned the ball over repeatedly and the Red Raiders' lead grew to 48-31 on a 3-pointer by Voskuil. Gonzaga pulled to 67-61 on two straight baskets by Matt Bouldin with 2:04 to go, but the Zags could get no closer.

No more than five points separated the two teams for the first 16 minutes as there were three ties and five lead changes. But the Red Raiders got strong play off the bench with the reserves scoring 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds to stake Texas Tech to a 41-31 halftime lead. D'walyn Roberts did most of the damage with 11 points.

Voskuil scored 16 in the first half, including seven straight at one stretch. Roberts and Burgess each finished with 11.

Gonzaga was led by Micah Downs with 15, including 12 in the first half. The Zags play Virginia Tech on Saturday for third place.