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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 8, 2007

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Pepperdine travels to Gonzaga for the WCC's first Big Monday appearance of the season. The Waves will be looking to do what the Zags' previous 46 home opponents were unable to do and that's beat the Bulldogs on their home court. Gonzaga extended its home winning streak to 46 straight games, the longest such streak in the nation, with a convincing 97-62 win over Loyola Marymount.


Monday, January 8
*Loyola Marymount at Portland - 8:00 PM #
*Pepperdine at Gonzaga - 9:00 PM $

Wednesday, January 10
UC Riverside at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 13
*San Diego at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM &
*Portland at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM ^
*San Francisco at Loyola Marymount - 7:30 PM #
*Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM !

* Denotes Conference game; $ Televised on ESPN2; ! Televised on FSN Northwest; ^ Televised on Comcast SportsNet West; # Televised on ESPNU; & Televised on FSN Prime Ticket


Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga snapped its four-game losing streak and extended its national best home court winning streak to 46 games with a convincing 97-62 win over LMU in its conference opener.

- Senior guard Derek Raivio was a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line versus LMU to extended his free throws made streak to 42 straight, setting a new Gonzaga record.

- Making his first start since December 21, senior forward Sean Mallon posted a career-high 23 points to lead the Zags to the win over LMU. Mallon also snagged nine boards.

- The Bulldogs host Pepperdine (1/8) in the WCC's first "Big Monday" telecast of the season before traveling to Santa Clara (1/13) to take on the Broncos in a matchup of the league's top two teams. Gonzaga owns a 10-game winning streak against Pepperdine and a win would even up the all-time series with the Waves, which dates back to 1965, at 31 wins apiece.

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions dropped a 97-62 decision at Gonzaga to open conference play.

- The Lions' second leading scorer, senior forward Matthew Knight, returned to the lineup against Gonzaga after missing two games with a knee injury. Knight posted 19 points and seven rebounds against the Zags, and is fourth in the WCC with 17.3 points per game.

- Knight's 19 points gives him 1,265 points in his career, moving him ahead of injured teammate Brandon Worthy for 16th place all-time in LMU history. He is 24 points behind Greg Hunter for 15th in LMU history. In addition to scoring, Knight has 657 career rebounds, replacing Elton Mashack (1997-01) for 12th all-time.

- The Lions end a four-game road trip that took them to four different states tonight at Portland (1/8) before returning home to host San Francisco (1/13).

Pepperdine Waves (4-13 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine opened conference play with a 73-69 setback at Portland.

- Senior guard Chase Griffin has led the Waves in scoring for three straight games after notching 17 points in the loss at Portland. Griffin, who averaged just 6.4 ppg last season, is fifth in the WCC in scoring, averaging 15.8 ppg.

- Led by junior guard Kingsley Costain, who leads the WCC with 50 treys on the season, the Waves began the week ranked fourth in the country in three point field goals made per game with 10.9. VMI leads the nation with 14.8 three-pointers a contest.

- The Waves travel to Gonzaga (1/8) for the WCC's first "Big Monday" showdown before returning to Malibu to host San Diego (1/13). Pepperdine is looking to hang on to its advantage in the all-time series with Gonzaga tonight. The Waves are 31-30 all-time against the Zags, who have won 10 straight in the series.

Portland Pilots (5-12 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots earned a 73-69 win over Pepperdine in their conference opener.

- With the win over Pepperdine on Saturday, the Pilots posted their first victory in a WCC season opener since the 2000-01 season.

- Portland held a 40-28 advantage on the glass against the Waves and has now out-rebounded its opponent in three of the last five games.

- The Pilot defense held Pepperdine to 35.5 percent shooting from the field, posting 10 steals, eight blocks and 29 defensive boards. UP is ranked third in the WCC in defensive rebounding, averaging 24.35 per game.

- Portland hosts Loyola Marymount (1/8) and then will travel to Saint Mary's (1/13).

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's fell to Bay Area rival Santa Clara, 76-69, to open conference play.

- Saturday's loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Gaels over Santa Clara.

- Despite the loss, SMC held the advantage in second-chance points (15-8), bench scoring (17-7), fast break points (5-0) and points off of turnovers (14-7).

- Poor shooting plagued Saint Mary's, who shot just 32.2 percent from the field and went 0-9 from the floor to begin the game. The Gaels had not dipped below 40 percent shooting since a loss on December 19 at Saint Joseph's.

- Saint Mary's returns to Moraga to host Portland (1/13) and Gonzaga (1/15). The Gaels-Zags matchup will be the WCC's second "Big Monday" showdown of the season.

San Diego Toreros (9-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego dropped a 103-100 double-overtime thriller at San Francisco to open conference play.

- Guards Ross DeRogatis and Brandon Johnson combined for nearly half of San Diego's 100 points in the loss to USF chipping in 23 points apiece. The pair also added eight assists and five steals.

- Johnson earned WCC December Player of the Month honors last week after leading the Toreros to a 7-1 record, while averaging 13.4 ppg and a WCC-best 6.4 apg last month. The Houston, TX-native shot 49.1 percent from the field and earned tournament MVP honors at the Golden Bear Classic.

- The Toreros host UC Riverside (1/10) before continuing conference play at Pepperdine (1/13) and at Loyola Marymount (1/15).

San Francisco Dons (5-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Dons opened WCC play with a dramatic 103-100 double-overtime win versus San Diego.

- The win over San Diego snapped the Dons' seven-game losing streak that began on December 2. With Saturday's victory and last year's win over Pepperdine, USF has won consecutive WCC openers for the first time since 1998.

- Sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg tossed in a career-high 37 points to lead the Dons past the Toreros. Kellogg's career night included six threes in the final 11 minutes of the game (regulation and overtime) that either gave USF the lead or tied the game. Kellogg scored 35 of his 37 points after halftime, including 18 in overtime, and hit the three that gave USF the win.

- USF looks to build on its conference-opening win as the Dons travel to LMU (1/13) and Pepperdine (1/15).

Santa Clara Broncos (11-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos earned a 76-69 win versus Bay Area rival Saint Mary's to open conference play.

- With the win over Saint Mary's, Head Coach Dick Davey earned his 113th WCC victory to move into second place all-time in conference history. Davey passed former Gonzaga coach Dan Fitzgerald in the WCC record books and trails only his predecessor at SCU, Carroll Williams (1970-92), who won 165 WCC games.

- Senior Sean Denison and sophomore John Bryant both came within one rebound of a double-double against the Gaels. Denison hit all eight of his field goal attempts in the second half, scoring 20 points and posting nine boards, while Bryant notched 16 points and hauled down nine rebounds.

- SCU hosts Gonzaga (1/13) and Portland (1/15) this week.