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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 7, 2009

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CONFERENCE PLAY BEGINS THIS WEEKEND
After a demanding non-conference season, WCC teams turn their attention to conference play beginning this weekend. Conference play tips off on Friday as San Francisco hosts San Diego and Santa Clara travels to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's. On Saturday, Portland travels to Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount makes the short trip over to Malibu to take on rival Pepperdine. The first week of league action is capped on Sunday as Santa Clara hosts San Diego and Saint Mary's makes the trip across the Bay to take on San Francisco. All seven WCC games this week will be televised. The week begins with a rematch of the Old Spice Classic championship game as Gonzaga travels to Tennessee on Wednesday in a contest televised on ESPN.

Upcoming Schedule

All Times PST

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK
Gonzaga at Tennessee Knoxville, TN
6:00 PM
ESPN
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK
San Diego at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Comcast Sports Net
Santa Clara at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
8:00 PM
ESPNU
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK
Portland at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
KHQ/FSN Northwest
Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
8:00 PM
ESPNU
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK
San Diego at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
2:00 PM
Comcast Sports Net
Saint Mary's at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Comcast Sports Net

WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 8-4
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga dropped a 66-65 decision at Utah in its lone game last week.

  • Sophomore guard Steven Gray led the Zags with 14 points, while hauling down seven rebounds, dishing three assists, and registering four steals. Gray, one of the top reserves in the country, has turned in some of his best performances against the Zags' toughest competition, scoring a game-high 19 points against Tennessee in the Old Spice Classic, and 23 points against Connecticut.

  • Jeremy Pargo leads the WCC and ranks seventh in the nation in assists with 6.9 apg.

  • Matt Bouldin leads the Zags and ranks second in the WCC in steals with 1.92 spg.

  • Gonzaga travels to Knoxville, TN to take on No. 15 Tennessee (1/7) in a rematch of the Old Spice Classic before opening up WCC play by hosting Portland (1/10).
  • Overall Record: 1-15
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions fell at Seattle, 49-39, before earning their first win of the season with a 72-69 victory over Cal State Bakersfield.

  • Freshman guard Jarred DuBois scored an LMU freshman record 39 points in the win over Cal State Bakersfield. DuBois' point total came on 11-for-15 shooting from the field and 12-for-15 from the free throw line to snap Forrest McKenzie's freshman record of 29 points set against San Francisco on Jan. 16, 1982. DuBois was 5-for-7 from the three-point line as he scored the most points by any Lion since Wyking Jones had 39 against San Francisco on Jan. 20, 1994.

  • The Lions have faced a tremendous amount of adversity this season, with four key players suffering injuries (Tim Diederichs, Ashley Hamilton, Vernon Teel, and Terron Sutton). With the injuries, the Lions are down to seven scholarship players.

  • The Lions travel to Pepperdine (1/10) to open WCC play.
  • Overall Record: 3-13
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves posted a 2-1 record last week, earning wins against Coppin State (58-56) and Western Oregon (77-67), and falling to Hawaii (78-70).

  • Sophomore forward Mychel Thompson scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half in the Waves' win over Coppin State. Thompson now leads the Waves in scoring with 11.0 ppg.

  • Freshman forward Taylor Darby had his third double-double of the season with a season-high 15 points and 13 rebounds in the Waves' win over Western Oregon. Darby is the top rebounding freshman in the WCC, ranking fourth overall with 7.6 rpg.

  • Of the nine players that saw action for the Waves against Hawaii, seven were freshmen or sophomores, and six weren't on the roster last year.

  • The Waves host rival Loyola Marymount (1/10) to open WCC play.
  • Overall Record: 9-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots improved to 9-6 on the season with a 79-76 overtime win versus Cal State Bakersfield and a 71-67 victory against Seattle.

  • The Pilots have matched last season's win total before starting WCC play.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio scored a career-high 33 points in the Pilots win over Cal State Bakersfield. Raivo's point total was the highest by a Portland player since Pooh Jeter had 33 against Pepperdine on Jan. 10, 2004. He now leads the Pilots and ranks fourth in the WCC with 16.2 ppg.

  • Portland has gotten used to playing in tight games this season as 10 of its 15 games have been decided by six points or less.

  • Portland opens conference play at Northwest rival Gonzaga (1/10) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 13-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's improved its winning streak to 10 straight with an 80-74 win at Cal State Bakersfield, matching the best 14-game start in school history (1988-89). SMC's 10-game winning streak is the second longest in program history and is tied for the fourth longest current streak in the nation.

  • Senior forward Diamon Simpson grabbed 12 rebounds against CSUB to become the school's all-time leading rebounder. He passed Tom Meschery (916 rebounds), who held the record since 1961. Simpson now has 920 rebounds in his career and ranks 17th all-time in the WCC.

  • Simpson (11.9 rpg) and Omar Samhan (9.9 rpg) are averaging a combined 21.8 rebounds per game, more than any other duo in the country. Second to Simpson and Samhan are Hasheem Thabeet (10.5 rpg) and Jeff Adrien (9.0 rpg) of Connecticut with 19.5 rebounds per game.

  • SMC opens WCC play at home versus Santa Clara (1/9) before traveling to USF (1/11).
  • Overall Record: 8-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros picked up an overtime road win at Mississippi State (64-61) before defeating Marshall (80-70) at home.

  • The Toreros enter league play with an 8-7 mark and two-game winning streak. Last year USD entered WCC play with a 7-10 mark and two-game skid, but rallied to go 11-3 in league

  • Senior Gyno Pomare scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds against MSU. Pomare became the program's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Stan Washington's mark of 1,472 (1971-74). With 1,500 career points and 771 rebounds, Gyno is the only Torero in the 1500 point-750 rebound club.

  • USD is 3-0 in overtime games under Head Coach Bill Grier, and 2-0 against the SEC.

  • San Diego opens WCC play on the road at San Francisco (1/9) and at Santa Clara (1/11).
  • Overall Record: 8-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco dropped an 84-62 decision at Boston College before earning an 80-40 win over Cal State East Bay.

  • With an 8-7 non-conference record, USF posted its first winning non-conference schedule since the 2004-05 squad posted a 9-4 mark. USF has protected its home court, posting a 5-0 record at War Memorial Gym.

  • With 15 games in the books for the 2008-09 season, USF's offense is sharing the scoring load. No fewer than four Dons average double-digit scoring, led by junior forward Dior Lowhorn who leads the WCC in scoring with 20.3 ppg. Senior guard Manny Quezada (11.9 ppg), freshman guard Kwame Vaughn (10.9 ppg), and junior forward Blake Wallace (10.4 ppg) also score in double figures for the Dons.

  • The Dons host San Diego (1/9) and Saint Mary's (1/11) to open WCC play.
  • Overall Record: 7-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos had a busy week, posting wins over Belmont (83-80) and UTEP (89-88) before dropping road games at Harvard (73-68) and at New Hampshire (58-54).

  • Senior center John Bryant turned in a monster performance versus UTEP in the championship game of the Cable Car Classic. Bryant scored 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and hauled down a game-best 17 rebounds.

  • Bryant ranks second in the nation in overall rebounds, trailing Oklahoma's Blake Griffin by 13 rebounds. His 12.3 rpg average is the fourth best clip in the nation.

  • Freshman Kevin Foster is tied for first among all WCC freshmen in scoring with 12.6 ppg.

  • The Broncos open WCC play at Saint Mary's (1/9) before hosting San Diego (1/11).