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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Dec. 15, 2007

UC Riverside - 86
Loyola Marymount - 74

RIVERSIDE, CA - Loyola Marymount shot nearly 60 percent from the field in regulation, hit 11 three-pointers on the game but could not hang on in overtime, falling to UC Riverside 86-74 on Saturday night at the Student Recreation Center at Riverside, Calif. The Lions (3-8) finished the game with 21 turnovers, resulting in 31 points for the Highlanders (3-6).

The Lions led by as many as 13 in the second half and looked to be in control as they shot 59 percent from the field, 23-for-39, through 40 minutes. However, with the turnovers, UCR attempted 11 more shots on the game and out scored the Lions 16-4 in overtime. LMU finished the extra frame just 1-for-11 and the Highlanders hit 10-for-12 from the free throw line in the final five minutes to win it.

Freshman Orlando Johnson scored 19 first half points and finished with a career-high 25 to lead the Lions. He also had eight rebounds in 33 minutes. His point total is tied for third all-time in LMU history by a freshman. Sophomore Shawn Deadwiler added 16 points and five assists.

"We had 21 turnovers again. We are not getting the message across," said Head Coach Rodney Tention. "We had 21 turnovers, all at the wrong time. At the wrong time."

The Lions led 53-40 with after Marko Deric put in a chip shot from the paint with 15:05 remaining in regulation. UCR slowly chipped away at the Lions led and cut it to 57-56 with 12:10 remaining. The Lions looked to regain control by holding UCR without a point for nearly six minutes to take a 64-56 lead with 4:17 to play. The Highlanders, still without a field goal for eight minutes, cut it to 64-61 on five straight free throws.

"We ran the offense well, got the right shots, shot the ball well, played defense well in stretches. We still lost," said Tention. "Can't turn the ball over."

LMU's Mason Maynard made it 66-63 with a field goal with 2:38 remaining. The Lions would hit just one more field goal the remainder of the game, Johnson's jumper two minutes into overtime.

UCR's leading scorer Larry Cunningham hit a three-pointer with 1:34 left to tie the game at 68-68 with 1:34 remaining. Freshman Tim Diederichs gave the Lions a 70-68 lead with two free throws with 37 seconds remaining. Severin Gates drew a foul and went to the line, hitting both free throws to send it to overtime.

In the extra frame, Gates scored two straight field goals for the Highlanders to go up 74-70, their first lead since the first half. Johnson's field goal made it 74-72 but the Highlanders would drain 10 of 12 free throws to win it.

The Lions end their three game road trip and head back home to face Mississippi State on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7:05 p.m.

UC Irvine - 72
San Francisco - 59

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Bland had 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead UC Irvine to a 72-59 victory over San Francisco on Saturday night.

Darren Fells scored 14 points and Patrick Sanders added 12 as the Anteaters (4-5) beat the Dons for the first time in seven meetings.

San Francisco (4-6) lost a 10-point lead in the first half and led 46-45 with 10:26 left in the game.

The Anteaters took the lead for good when Patrick Sanders scored on a layup with 9:54 left.

San Francisco got as close as three points, 51-48, before UC Irvine went on a 21-11 run to put the game away.

In the first half, the Dons built a 10-point lead with 9:01 left after a 12-7 run capped by a Manny Quezada jumper.

UC Irvine erased the deficit with a 16-0 run to take a 29-24 lead on a jumper by Sanders with 4:47 left in the half.

Quezada scored 20 points and Dior Lowhorn added 12 points and seven rebounds to lead San Francisco.

Washington - 67
Portland - 63

SEATTLE, Wash. - University of Washington senior guard Ryan Appleby made an off-balance runner with six seconds remaining in regulation to secure a 67-63 victory over the Portland Pilots Saturday afternoon at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Sophomore guard Nik Raivio led all scorers with 23 points for the Pilots.

Trailing 65-63 in the final minute, Portland sophomore point guard Taishi Ito had an open three-pointer rim off with 44 seconds remaining and Appleby hit the clutch runner at the shot clock buzzer on the ensuing possession.

The Huskies (5-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with the win. Washington had its 31-game home unbeaten streak against non-conference opponents snapped in their last outing, a 75-74 loss to No. 12 Pittsburgh. The Pilots (3-7) nearly started a losing streak with their second solid road performance in a row, having beaten Montana 58-57 in another nail-biter a week ago.

The Huskies shot a blistering 74 percent from the field in the second half to overcome a 30-26 halftime deficit.

Ito scored the first eight points of the game for Portland and finished with 13. Freshmen Luke Sikma and Jared Stohl both grew up in the Seattle area and had solid homecomings. Sikma finished with six points, seven rebounds and four assists, while Stohl made all three of his field goal attempts to finish with eight points.

Portland limited Wooden Award Candidate Jon Brockman to 11 points and five rebounds after the junior forward entered the game averaging 19.0 points and 11.6 boards per game.

"We are getting better at post defense," Portland head coach Eric Reveno said. "It is an emphasis on the team concept as you can never stop a player of his caliber one-on-one. We had our perimeter players constantly faking and getting in the passing lanes to keep the ball out of his hands. Down the stretch we had to start doubling him though."

Brockman fouled out on an offensive foul call with 1:05 remaining, setting up the final run by Portland.

The Pilots committed 17 turnovers in the game, including 11 in the first half alone. The Pilots turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and forced eight UW turnovers and held the Huskies to just one offensive rebound. UW entered the game No. 4 nationally in offensive rebounding.

Raivio caught fire late in the first half and drilled a trio of three-pointers to help the Pilots take a 30-26 lead into halftime. Raivio finished with 13 first-half points as the Pilots limited the Huskies to 33 percent shooting in the period.

Portland concludes its road trip at Eastern Washington on Monday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Reese Court.

"We are making progress and getting better," Reveno said. "We need to stay focused and turn these close losses into more wins."

Stephen F. Austin - 56
San Diego - 50

San Diego, CA - USD's Gyno Pomare scored a career-high 25 points, but it wasn't enough as the visiting Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (8-1) won a defensive battle at the JCP by the score of 56-50. The Toreros (5-8) held a 43-39 lead with 4:39 to go, but SFA's Josh Alexander (22 points) hit a jumper and three-pointer for a 44-43 lead and the Jacks never trailed again. Alexander finished the game 8-for-13 from the field, including 5-of-8 shooting beyond the three-point arc. SFA center Matt Kingsley chipped in 17 points, while USD received double digit scoring from De'Jon Jackson (10 points, 4 assists).

SFA came to the JCP riding a 5-game winning streak with their last win coming at Oklahoma. More importantly, they were giving up just 56 points per game. Both SFA and the Toreros played hard defense today but the visitors made the plays down the stretch to earn a hard-fought 56-50 victory. USD shot the ball well (52.6%), and again was solid at the free throw line (71.4%), but turned the ball over 18 times against the Jacks' defense.

The Toreros are off until next Saturday, December 22nd, when they host Texas-San Antonio in a 1 pm contest.

BYU - 86
Pepperdine - 67

PROVO, Utah - The Pepperdine men's basketball team's pressure defense forced 29 turnovers at #25 Brigham Young on Saturday night, but the Cougars extended their NCAA-best home winning streak to 37 games in an 86-67 victory at the Marriott Center.

A young Pepperdine squad (5-7) competing in front of a crowd of 11,547 committed 24 turnovers of its own and shot just 31.4 percent.

BYU, which never trailed, improved to 9-2. The Cougars overcame their turnovers with 56.9 percent shooting for the night.

Senior guard Jason Walberg (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS/Saint Mary's) led the Waves with 17 points. Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS), whose status was uncertain due to a sprained ankle suffered during a Friday practice, still managed 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 24 minutes. He reached double-figures in scoring for the ninth straight game.

Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley (San Diego, Calif./Crawford HS) added 10 points. Senior center Jarrad Henry (Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege HS) made his first appearance of the season after missing the first 11 games with a thumb injury. He played 11 minutes and had four points, four rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal.

"Our inexperience showed tonight," Pepperdine Coach Vance Walberg said. "We had a solid effort, but you're not going to beat anyone if you turn the ball over 24 times, especially a top 25 team like BYU. We did a good job of forcing turnovers, but we need to take advantage of those changes that we had. We beat ourselves tonight and we need to make better decisions with the basketball to have a chance."

The Waves hounded the Cougars into 19 first-half turnovers but trailed 40-33 at the break due to shooting percentages of 62.1 to 34.3.

Pepperdine began the second half strong, as the Waves trailed by three at 44-41 and had the ball. However, the Waves missed a lay-up, and a 7-0 BYU run pushed the lead back up to double-digits, where it stayed for nearly all of the rest of the game. The second half shooting percentages were 52.8 to 28.6.

The 29 turnovers matched a season high by a Pepperdine opponent. The Waves also forced 29 against Cal State Northridge.

The Waves had no answer for Trent Plaisted, who had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Lee Cummard, who had 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting.

Freshmen scored more than half of the Waves' points for the 12th time in 12 games, getting 39 of the 67 points (58 percent).

The Waves continue their pre-Christmas cross-country road trip with contests at Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday (Dec. 18) at 7 p.m. CT (5 p.m. PT) and at Manhattan on Friday (Dec. 21) at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). Fans can listen to Al Epstein's call of the action at www.pepperdinesports.com.