West Coast Conference Tournament Recaps
(Friday, March 8th)
Final Score: Loyola Marymount 60, Santa Clara 58
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - A layup by Anthony Ireland with 5.9 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as the Loyola Marymount Lions stunned the Santa Clara Broncos, 60-58, in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena.
Ireland finished with a team-best 23 points for the ninth-seeded Lions (11-22) who are currently enjoying their first three-game win streak of the season. Ireland shot just 1-of-6 behind the 3-point line on the night, but made up for that lack of accuracy by registering seven steals. Ashley Hamilton was credited with 13 points and nine boards, followed by Nick Stover with 11 points off the bench.
The fourth-seeded Broncos (21-11) were paced by Kevin Foster who tallied 23 points for his squad, but he shot a mere 3-of-11 beyond the arc and 5-of-19 from the floor overall, not to mention suffering seven turnovers. Marc Trasolini dropped in 10 points in defeat.
Santa Clara shot a mere 37.9 percent from the floor through the first 20 minutes of action, yet that was still good enough to lock the score at 34-34 at the break.
Things began to get interesting late in the second half when a pair of free throws by Foster gave the Broncos a 58-57 edge with 26.8 seconds left in regulation. Ireland then walked the ball up the floor and broke to the basket to convert a clutch layup.
On the ensuing inbounds play, Hamilton fouled Brandon Clark unintentionally in the backcourt and that sent the reserve to the charity stripe with 4.2 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, Clark missed the front end of a one-and-one, Ireland grabbed the rebound and consequently knocked down one of two at the stripe in order to extend the margin to two points.
The Broncos still had two seconds left to change the outcome, but Foster's heave from half court missed the mark.
With the win the Lions, who had dropped 14 straight conference games en route to the WCC Tournament, now advance to the semifinals on Saturday night where they will go up against top-ranked Gonzaga.
Final Score: San Diego 72, BYU 69
Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Johnny Dee knocked down four free throws in the final 13 seconds to give San Diego just enough breathing room and capture a 72-69 win over the BYU Cougars in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena.
Dee finished with a game-high 25 points for sixth-seeded San Diego (16-17), converting 8-of-11 at the free-throw line overall. Also scoring in double figures for the Toreros were Chris Anderson and Ken Rancifer with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Chris Manresa collected a game-high 10 rebounds as well.
The third-seeded Cougars (21-11) were paced by Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws with 20 points apiece, the former coming close to recording a rare triple- double as he also pulled down nine rebounds and handed out eight assists in the setback. Matt Carlino tacked on 13 points and seven boards.
Shooting just 38.2 percent from the floor in the first half, San Diego still managed to move out to a 31-20 advantage with four minutes to play before the break. The Cougars made only one of their six chances beyond the arc in the frame, but still battled back to trail by just seven points at intermission, 35-28.
Coming out in the second half BYU put together a run of its own in order to grab a brief two-point edge at 40-38. San Diego appeared to have the game wrapped up when Dee connected on a pair of free throws with 12.3 seconds left to give the Toreros a 70-66 advantage.
Refusing to go away quietly, Carlino came down and nailed a 3-pointer with 6.9 seconds to play to cut the deficit to just a single point. However, Dee knocked down another pair at the charity stripe moments later, while a desperation 3-pointer by Carlino missed the mark at the buzzer.
The Toreros will be back in action on Saturday night to take on second-seeded Saint Mary's-CA in the semifinals.
03/09 02:34:04 ET