{{ article.title }}

WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Nov. 25, 2007

Pepperdine - 90
Cal State Bakersfield - 80

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A big second-half performance, which began on defense but continued on the offensive end, lifted the Pepperdine men's basketball team to a 90-80 victory over Cal State Bakersfield at the Rabobank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The Waves (2-4) trailed 39-36 at halftime, but scored a season-high 54 second-half points to earn their first road win of the season. The Roadrunners dropped to 1-5.

Five Pepperdine players scored in double-figures, led by 16 points apiece by freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) and junior guard Rico Tucker (San Diego, Calif./University HS/Minnesota). Senior guard Jason Walberg (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS/Saint Mary's) had 14 points, freshman forward Daniel Johnson (Perth, Australia) had 12 points and freshman guard Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) added 10 points. Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) pulled down 14 rebounds to go with eight points.

"We're so young and sometimes we do some goofy things," said Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg, who played two seasons at Cal State Bakersfield in the 1970s. "But today our pressure defense was a little better than it has been. We got a couple of five-second calls and made them work hard. We went down by seven in the second half and then scored a couple of baskets off our defense and that was a turning point. It was fun to be back here, especially when you win."

The game went back and forth throughout the first half. The Waves scored the first seven points of the game, but the Roadrunners came back with the next eight. Pepperdine responded with a 13-4 run to go up 20-12, then CSUB went on a 15-6 spurt to grab a 27-26 advantage. Pepperdine last led at 34-33 in the first half after a three-pointer by Thompson with 2:54 left, but the Roadrunners scored six of the final eight points in the half to go into the break with a 39-36 lead. There were a total of seven lead changes and four ties in the first half.

The Roadrunners pushed their lead to seven points at 47-40 with 17:45 left in the game. Pepperdine, however, went on a 10-0 run to erase the deficit and take a 50-47 lead with 15 minutes to go. Junior guard Mike Hornbuckle (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian HS/Azusa Pacific) gave the Waves the lead with his drive and short jumper in the key (the Waves never trailed again), and Thompson finished the run with a tip-in.

The Waves took their first double-digit lead at 72-62 with less than nine minutes to go thanks to an 8-0 run. Junior guard Ryan Holmes (Phoenix, Ariz./Millennium HS/Phoenix CC) made a layup, was fouled and hit the free throw, and then Walberg sank a three-pointer and Thomas scored on a tip-in.

The Waves still had a 10-point lead at 81-71 with 3:22 left as Thomas scored after grabbing an offensive rebound, and the Roadrunners got no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Pepperdine had a +10 rebounding edge (44 to 34), its best performance this season by far, and also shot a season-best 47.1 percent from the field.

Freshmen scored 48 of the 90 points, the sixth straight time that the Waves' first-year players have scored at least half the team's points.

The Waves continue their 10-game road swing (the longest such stretch in school history) at Northern Arizona on Wednesday (Nov. 28) at 6:35 p.m. MT/5:35 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com. The game will also be shown on tape delay on FSN Prime Ticket at 11 p.m.

Oregon State - 67
Portland - 57

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State Beavers battled back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Portland Pilots 67-57 in a non-conference men's basketball game at Gill Coliseum on Sunday. Freshman guard Jared Stohl scored a team-high 13 points for the Pilots, who drop to 2-4 on the season.

Trailing by one at the break, Oregon State outscored Portland 17-11 to begin the second half and take a 43-38 lead. Sophomore Robin Smeulders then fueled a UP spurt with a lay-up and a three-pointer to give the lead back to Portland at 45-44 with 9:03 showing on the clock.

OSU answered by scoring 10 straight points to take a 54-45 lead with 4:30 left in the game. The Beavs would then hold on for the win.

Roeland Schaftenaar and Sean Carter each scored a game-high 15 points to lead Oregon State, which improves to 3-2 this season. The Beavs shot just 37.7 percent (30-for-53) from the floor, but outscored Portland 22-4 at the free throw line.

Portland also turned the ball over 27 times to just 13 for Oregon State.

"We put a lot of pressure on ourselves with 27 turnovers," UP head coach Eric Reveno said. "To go on the road and beat an athletic team like Oregon State is tough."

Seth and Josh Tarver each added 12 for the Beavers.

Stohl was one of four Pilots to score in double figures. Senior Sherrard Watson and freshman Luke Sikma each scored 11, while sophomore Nik Raivio finished with 10. Sikma just missed a double-double for the second straight game finishing with nine rebounds.

Portland shot a season-high 50 percent (23-for-46) for the game, but went just four-for-nine from the charity stripe. The Pilots hit seven of 16 from behind the three-point arc and outrebounded the Beavers 34-28.

Oregon State raced out to a 6-2 lead to begin the game, but Portland responded with a 15-5 run to make it 17-11 10:00 into the first half. UP took its first lead when Stohl converted a traditional three-point play to give the Pilots a 6-5 advantage. Stohl hit a lay-up deep in the lane while getting hacked. Raivio also hit a three-pointer during the run.

After Oregon State tied it up at 22-22, Sikma buried a three to give the lead back to Portland with 6:30 left in the half. Both teams then went scoreless during the next five-plus minutes as UP maintained a 25-22 lead. The Pilots entered the locker room with a 27-26 advantage. Stohl had a team-high eight points at the break, while Sikma had seven.

Portland was without sophomore point guard Taishi Ito for the second straight game. Ito returned to his home in Japan on Friday after his father passed away on Thanksgiving Day after a long battle with a brain tumor. There is no timetable set for his return to the team.

The Pilots next return home to host cross-town rival Portland State on Wednesday night at the Chiles Center. The Pilots and Vikings are set to tip off at 7:00 p.m.

San Diego - 60
UC Irvine - 57

Anaheim, CA - The USD Toreros (3-4) dealt UC Irvine a 60-57 loss today to snap their 4-game skid. The Toreros made six straight free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold off the Anteaters (2-4) and get back on the winning track. Gyno Pomare led the Toreros with 16 points and was followed by Brandon Johnson (15 points) and Ray Murdock (14 points, 6 rebounds). The Toreros held a 54-47 lead with 1:05 to play but saw UCI pull to within one at 54-53 with 29 seconds left. Ray Murdock was fouled before the inbounds pass and made both free throws. After UCI's Chuma Awaji made a free throw and three-pointer for a 56-54 count, Murdock added two more free throws for a 58-54 advantage. Awaji converted another trey with 12 ticks left, but Brandon Johnson made both free throws with 10 seconds left for the final 60-57 victory.

"We really needed that one," said head coach Bill Grier. "That was a gutty effort by our guys and it will now give us some confidence. I challenged them yesterday, and I'm pleased they came out and battled and competed. We made our free throws down the stretch. That was a great win today."

UC Irvine's Awaji finished the game with 16 points and was followed by Patrick Sanders with 13. The Anteaters outrebounded USD 30-25 with 11 of their caroms coming on the offensive end. USD shot 42.5% from the floor (17-40), and converted on a season-high 88.5% of their free throws (23-36). USD's Pomare, who came off the bench for the first time this season, scored 10 of his 16 points in the 2nd half. The Toreros hit the road again for a Nov. 28th tilt at Boise State.

Santa Clara - 77
Sacramento State - 65

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Behind junior John Bryant's 26 points, 12 rebounds and a career high seven blocked shots, Santa Clara overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to beat Sacramento State 77-65 on Sunday afternoon.

Brody Angley added 16 points and eight assists, and Calvin Johnson had 11 points and two steals for the Broncos (4-1). Bryant, a 6-foot-10, 305-pound center, was 12-for-15 from the floor.

Loren Leath had 21 points, Donald Thomas added 12 points and Vinnie McGhee scored 11 and dished out six assists for the Hornets (1-5).

Trailing 51-42 with less than 12 minutes left in the second half, the Broncos came back on a fast-paced 21-2 run that was completed with a lay up by Mitch Henke to make the score 63-53. The Hornets failed to get closer than eight points before the game ended.

The Hornets had their biggest lead in the first half when Randy Adams' basket made the score 29-23 with 2:09 remaining. Sac State led 29-25 at halftime.

The Broncos shot 86 percent from the floor (19-for-22) in the second half and 71.9 percent overall, the second-highest field goal percentage in program history. The record is 71.9 set on Jan. 4, 1980 against Pepperdine.

SCU, now 3-1 on its current seven-game road stretch, travels to Eastern Washington and Utah State this weekened. The Broncos play Eastern Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. PT and then take on the Utah State Aggies on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. PT. Follow all the action on 1220 KNTS and SantaClaraBroncos.com.