Green helps San Francisco beat Pepperdine 76-59

By Lynn Debruin

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 5 2011 11:50 p.m. MST

*** CORRECTS SPELLING OF PEPPERDINE IN SECOND SENTENCE *** San Francisco players celebrate their victory just before the end of their NCAA college basketball game against Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference tournament Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Las Vegas. San Francisco defeated Pepperdine 76-59.

Eric Jamison, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Rashad Green scored 23 points and added 10 rebounds to lead No. 3 seed San Francisco to a 76-59 victory Saturday night over No. 6 seed Pepperdine in the West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

It was San Francisco's first postseason win over Pepperdine in eight tries.

San Francisco (17-13) will face No. 2 seed Gonzaga (22-9) in a semifinal game Sunday. Santa Clara (19-13) faces top seed Saint Mary's (23-7) in the other semifinal game.

Lorne Jackson led Pepperdine (12-21) with 18 points, while Joshua Lowery added 15 and Mychel Thompson 11 on 4-of-14 shooting.

San Francisco led 42-35 at halftime, and Pepperdine was within six after a putback by Taylor Darby.

The Dons then went on a 16-8 run, with a 3-pointer by Marko Petrovic giving San Francisco a 60-46 lead with 8:20 remaining.

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