Monday, January 26, 2009


Portland 73, Pepperdine 58: Pilots match best start in WCC play by beating Waves
by Heather Gripp, Special to The Oregonian
Saturday January 24, 2009, 11:36 PM

Nik Raivio isn't used to feeling this optimistic heading into a stretch of the schedule that features two nationally ranked teams and another that qualified for last season's NCAA Tournament. The streak the Portland men's basketball team is currently enjoying isn't familiar.
Led by a game-high 20 points from Raivio, Portland defeated Pepperdine 73-58 Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse to give the Pilots (13-7, 4-1) their fourth consecutive victory and match their best start in West Coast Conference play.
Portland's 4-1 WCC record surpasses last season's conference win total and marks the best start since the 1997-98 season, the last in which the Pilots posted a .500 conference record. "It's just been fun," said Raivio, a junior guard who is among nine returning lettermen. "We've been playing hard and having fun. More fun than last year.

"I think a whole year of experience helps a lot. The addition of T.J. (Campbell) helps a lot too. We're doing a better job of distributing. ...
"The next three games will be tough, but we'll be prepared."
Campbell, the junior college transfer who entered the game ranked second in the conference in assists, contributed 11 points, three assists and five rebounds against the Waves (4-17, 1-4). Teammate Jared Stohl added 13 points.
Raivio's nine rebounds and four assists were both game highs, but left him just shy of his second consecutive double double.

"The guys are just looking for me and getting me the ball," he said. "I haven't been doing anything different. We're just having a nice run."
Portland never trailed against a Pepperdine lineup that started three freshmen and served as a nice tuneup opportunity before the Pilots head home for consecutive games against San Diego, Saint Mary's and Gonzaga.
"We took care of business," Portland coach Eric Reveno said. "Now we have to see how we stack up against the top three."
The defense that has been a key turning point to the Pilots' success was solid again Saturday and set the tone by holding Pepperdine scoreless until nearly three minutes into the game. Sixteen Pepperdine turnovers led to 19 points for Portland.
The Waves, who trailed by 10 just four minutes into the game, closed within 19-16 on a dunk by Andy Shannon with 9:05 remaining in the first half, but the Pilots quickly pulled away with a 14-2 run.
Portland led by as many as 22 during the first half and held a 44-23 halftime lead. Raivio scored 16 of his points during a first half in which the Pilots shot 52 percent from the field.
Pepperdine had a 10-point run in the first five minutes of the second half against several Portland reserves, but the Pilots' lead was never cut to less than 13.
Freshmen Darby Taylor and Keion Bell finished as Pepperdine's leading scorers with 12 points each.
"They've got our respect as a team that battles and can do some things," Reveno said. "So we knew they weren't going anywhere. We couldn't let up." 

Men's Hoops Falls to Portland, 73-58
Courtesy: Pepperdine Sports Information
Release: 01/24/2009
Pepperdine-Portland Box Score
Courtesy: Martin A. Folb

MALIBU, Calif. ­— Another slow start cost the Pepperdine men’s basketball team as the Waves lost at home to Portland, 73-58, in a West Coast Conference game on Saturday afternoon.
The Waves (4-17, 1-4) fell behind 12-2 after a little more than four minutes, and never caught up. The Pilots (13-7, 4-1) won in Firestone Fieldhouse for the fourth straight time.

Freshman guard Keion Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) and freshman forward Taylor Darby (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills HS) each scored 12 points to lead the Waves, and Darby had a team-high seven rebounds. Three Pilots reached double-figures in scoring, led by Nik Raivio, who had 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals.

For the fourth straight game (all losses), the Waves fell behind by double-digits early. After trailing 12-2, Pepperdine scored the next six points to cut the deficit to 12-8, and eventually got as close as three points, last at 21-18 with 8:25 left after sophomore forward Mychel Thompson (Ladera Ranch, Calif./Stoneridge Prep) drove in for a lay-up.

Portland controlled the rest of the half, however, as Raivio scored the game’s next seven points (he had 16 in the first half) and the Pilots went on a 23-5 run to go into halftime with a 44-23 advantage. A great deal of Portland’s first-half lead was built at the free throw line, as they went 13-for-17 compared to 1-for-3 by Pepperdine.

The Pilots scored the first basket of the second half, but Darby scored eight points during a 10-0 Pepperdine run to close the gap to 46-33 with 15 minutes left. That would be as close as the Waves would get in the second half, however. Robin Smeulders sank two free throws to make the score 63-42 with 9:11 to play, and his lay-up with 5:45 left made the score 70-49.

The Waves finished with more made field goals (23-22), but the Pilots had advantages with three-pointers made (eight to two) and free throws made (21-for-31 to 10-for-15). Portland had a slight edge in shooting, 40.7% to 39.0%. Rebounding figures were also close, with Portland grabbing a 40-37 advantage, but more importantly, had an 18-8 edge in second-chance points.

Of the 12 players that saw action for the Waves, nine were freshmen or sophomores and seven weren’t on the roster last year.

The Waves finish up the first half of the WCC season on the road next weekend with games at San Francisco (Thursday, Jan. 29) and Santa Clara (Saturday, Jan. 31). Subscribers to “Wave Casts” at can listen to Al Epstein’s call of the action.

Josh Heytvelt scored a season-high 25 points and Matt Bouldin delivered a career-high 10 assists as the No. 23 Bulldogs remained perfect in the West Coast Conference by beating the host Waves.
It was the fifth straight victory for Gonzaga (12-4, 4-0), which scored the first 17 points of the game. Keion Bell led Pepperdine (4-16, 1-3) with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Mychel Thompson had 14.

Saint Mary’s cruises past Pepperdine, 96-46
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MORAGA, Calif. (AP)—Diamon Simpson scored a season-high 24 points and Saint Mary’s ran its winning streak to a school-record 14 games with a 96-46 victory over Pepperdine on Saturday.
The Gaels own the second-longest winning streak in NCAA Division I men’s basketball behind Wake Forest’s 16 victories. Saint Mary’s previous school-record of 13 consecutive wins was set during the 1958-59 season. The Gaels 17-1 record (4-0 in West Coast Conference) is the best start in school history.
Simpson made seven of his nine shots from the field and was 10-of-11 on free throws as the Gaels’ 50-point win tied for the eighth-largest margin of victory in school history. Carlin Hughes scored a season-high 16 points and eight assists with no turnovers. Patrick Mills added 13 points, a career-high nine assists and four steals.
Keion Bell scored 20 points to lead Pepperdine (4-15, 1-2). Mychel Thompson added 11 points. Saint Mary’s 10th win in its past 11 meetings against Pepperdine was never in doubt. The Gaels return four starters of their NCAA Tournament team from a year ago, while Pepperdine starts four freshmen and a sophomore.
Hughes hit three 3-pointers in the first seven minutes as Saint Mary’s raced to a 28-3 lead over the Waves. Pepperdine made one of its first 10 shots from the floor. The Waves responded with 12 unanswered points to pull within 13 points with five minutes remaining in the first half.
But Clint Steindl ignited another Saint Mary’s burst with six points during an 11-2 run to bump the Gaels lead back to 22 points. Saint Mary’s led 42-21 at halftime.
Simpson scored 12 of the Gaels’ first 14 points of the second half. Saint Mary’s biggest lead of the game was 54 points with 1:42 remaining in the game.
The Gaels, who improved to 8-0 at home, will now hit the road for their biggest WCC challenges. On Thursday, Saint Mary’s travels to San Diego, where it lost two games last season. Then, the Gaels face Gonzaga in a Jan. 29 showdown.

USD MEN'S BASKETBALL: Toreros have turned tables on Waves
Toreros win ninth in row over Pepperdine, fifth straight overall
By TOM SHANAHAN - For the North County Times
Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:22 PM PST

SAN DIEGO ---- This isn't the same West Coast Conference that Tom Asbury dominated during his first stint as Pepperdine men's basketball coach from 1989-1994.And the same could be said of what he recalls of facing the University of San Diego after the Toreros rode the Waves to a 62-47 win Thursday in a WCC game before 2,551 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion."It's been 15 years, so it should have changed a lot since then," said Asbury, who is in the first year of his second stint in Malibu. "USD is a much better program, and this building is a big reason why."Asbury, who left Pepperdine to take over at Kansas State (1995-2000), was referring to the 5,100-seat arena that has been home to two NCAA tournament teams since it opened in the 2002-03 season. In Asbury's six seasons at Pepperdine, his teams were 13-1 against USD, won three conference titles, and advanced to the postseason five times (three trips to the NCAA tournament and two to the NIT).
But now it's USD (11-7) riding high with a nine-game winning streak against Pepperdine and off to its first 3-0 start in 30 seasons of WCC play. USD opened the conference schedule last week with wins at San Francisco and Santa Clara."I was concerned about a letdown after two tough road wins," USD coach Bill Grier said. "I wasn't happy with the way we rebounded, but for the most part I was happy with our approach. We defended well, making them take tough shots. We could have been more efficient offensively, but we did shoot almost 50 percent (48.9, 23-of-47), so I guess I'm splitting hairs."That can happen when you're coaching a veteran team coming off an NCAA tournament season and that has won a season-best five straight games and seven of eight.Sophomore point guard Trumaine Johnson (16 points, four assists) is a big reason for the streak. USD has won five of six since he returned to the lineup from an eight-game suspension and Grier's decision not to play him in his first four games back.Pepperdine (4-13, 1-1 WCC) started four freshmen, including Mission Hills High alum Taylor Darby, and one sophomore ----
forward Mychel Thompson, the son of the former NBA player.
Thompson led the Waves with 15 points.Darby, who finished with five points and two rebounds, started for the 17th time in 18 games this year. The 6-foot-7, 210-pounder entered averaging 6.4 points and 7.6 rebounds, with his rebounding mark ranked fourth in the WCC."He didn't play well tonight, but he's been a pleasant surprise for us," Asbury said. "That was probably his poorest game of the year. That happens sometimes when guys come home and they try too hard. But he's going to be a good player for us."Another reason might have been the inside presence of Gyno Pomare, the Toreros' 6-8, 240-pound senior forward/center, who finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

West Coast Statement
Four teams entered Thursday night's action undefeated in West Coast Conference play. Not surprisingly, these were the three teams who made the NCAA Tournament a season ago: Gonzaga, St. Mary's, and San Diego.
In a nationally televised game, No. 22-ranked St. Mary's traveled to San Diego on Thursday night.
The Gaels did their best to show the country that their now 18-1 mark on the season is no fluke. They destroyed San Diego on San Diego's home floor by a score of 65-42. St. Mary's defense allowed just 14 points by San Diego in the first half.
Following the loss of Wake Forest on Wednesday night, St. Mary's now possesses the nation's longest winning streak, currently at 15 games.
Gonzaga looked impressive in their game as well, defeating Pepperdine 83-69. But in comparison, St. Mary's defeated Pepperdine by 50 in their last game.
St. Mary's and Gonzaga will meet next Thursday night in Spokane, WA.

Pepperdine snaps losing streak, beats Coppin State
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HONOLULU (AP) -Lorne Jackson made a driving layup with six seconds left to lead Pepperdine to a 58-56 win over Coppin State Monday in a consolation game at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.The Waves (2-12) snapped a 12-game losing streak dating back to Nov. 16 and will play in Tuesday's fifth-place game. The Eagles (1-10) dropped their 10th straight and will play in the seventh-place game.Coppin State's Tywain McKee made the second of two free throws to tie it at 56 with 42 seconds left.Jackson missed a 16-foot jumper with 19 seconds to play, but the Waves kept possession after the a Coppin State player knocked the ball out of bounds. Jackson then drove the lane, splitting a pair of defenders to lay it in with his right hand. Mychel Thompson led Pepperdine with 18 points, Dane Suttle Jr. added 15 points and Jackson had 10. McKee led all scorers with 21 points.
2009 Cal Football Schedule Announced
Bears Open Season Against Maryland Sept. 5
Jan. 16, 2009
BERKELEY - California will open the 2009 season at home against Maryland Sept. 5 and will play a total of six games in Memorial Stadium in the final football schedule announced by the Pacific-10 Conference Friday.
The revised slate includes two bye weeks, which were created when the Golden Bears' road date with Washington, initially set for Oct. 10, was moved to Dec. 5. The original schedule called for 12 games over 12 consecutive weekends.
Cal's schedule features six contests against teams that played in a bowl game this past year, non-conference opponents Maryland (Humanitarian) and Minnesota (Insight) plus Pac-10 foes USC (Rose), Arizona (Las Vegas), Oregon (Holiday) and Oregon State (Sun).
After playing Maryland Sept. 5, the Bears remain home the following Saturday when they host Eastern Washington Sept. 12. The remaining home dates are against USC Oct. 3, Washington State Oct. 24, Oregon State Nov. 7 and Arizona Nov. 14.
Cal's first road trip of the year is to Minnesota Sept. 19 with a visit to Oregon a week later. Other road games are at UCLA Oct. 17, Arizona State Oct. 31, Stanford Nov. 21 and Washington Dec. 5.
The Pac-10 also announced that the Cal-Oregon game in Eugene will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2, although a time has not been determined. No game times or other television broadcast arrangements have been decided.
The Bears are coming off a 9-4 campaign this past fall, capped by a 24-17 victory over Miami in the Emerald Bowl. The result earned Cal a No. 25 ranking in the final USA Today coaches poll, the fourth time in the last five years the Bears have been ranked at the end of the year.
Season-ticket renewal information will be announced soon. Check back at or call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS for more information.
2009 California Football Schedule
Sept. 5 Maryland
Sept. 12 Eastern Washington
Sept. 19 at Minnesota
Sept. 26 at Oregon
Oct. 3 USC
Oct. 17 at UCLA
Oct. 24 Washington State
Oct. 31 at Arizona State
Nov. 7 Oregon State
Nov. 14 Arizona
Nov. 21 at Stanford
Dec. 5 at Washington