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WCC Men's Basketball Mid-Week Report

Jan. 11, 2007

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WCC CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Darren Cooper, POR & Antonio Kellogg, USF
Portland's Darren Cooper and San Francisco's Antonio Kellogg were named WCC Co-Players of the Week after turning in career performances in the opening week of conference play. Cooper tossed in a game-high 19 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds in the Pilots' win over Pepperdine. He followed that up with a career-high 28 points in UP's win versus LMU. Kellogg scored a career-high 37 points to lead the Dons to a 103-100 double-overtime win versus San Diego in their conference opener. Kellogg scored 35 of his points after halftime, including 18 points in overtime to lift USF to the win. He connected on 13-of-16 from the field, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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 !

Monday, January 15
*Portland at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
*San Diego at Loyola Marymount - 8:00 PM
*San Francisco at Pepperdine - 8:00 PM #
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary's - 9:00 PM $

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

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-6 / 2-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga snapped its four-game losing streak and extended its national best home court winning streak to 47 games with wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine to open conference play.

- Senior guard Derek Raivio was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the two games to extended his free throws made streak to 44 straight, tying the WCC record held by current Pacific Head Coach Bob Thomason. Thomason connected on 44 consecutive free throws while playing at Pacific, then a member of the WCC, during the 1970-71 season.

- Making his first two starts since December 21, senior forward Sean Mallon responded by scoring a career-high 23 points versus LMU before posting a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in the Zags' win over the Waves.

- The Bulldogs travel to Santa Clara (1/13) before heading to Saint Mary's (1/15).

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-10 / 0-2 WCC)
- The Lions opened conference play by dropping a 97-62 decision at Gonzaga before falling at Portland, 81-65.

- Senior forward Matthew Knight, the Lions' leading scorer, returned to the lineup after missing two games with a knee injury to score 19 points and grab seven rebounds against the Zags. He followed that up with a 24-point effort versus the Pilots. Knight is the second-leading scorer in the WCC at 17.8 ppg, while pacing the conference in rebounding with 8.3 rpg.

- Knight's 24 points versus Portland tied him with former LMU standout Greg Hunter for 15th place on the Lions' all-time scoring chart with 1,289 career points. He needs just nine more points to move into a tie with Richard Dixon for 14th place.

- The Lions look to snap their five-game losing streak when they host San Francisco (1/13) and San Diego (1/15) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (4-14 / 0-2 WCC)
- Pepperdine opened conference play with a 73-69 setback at Portland before dropping a 69-52 decision at Gonzaga.

- Senior guard Chase Griffin has led the Waves in scoring the previous four games after notching 17 points in the loss at Portland and 16 versus Gonzaga. Griffin, who averaged just 6.4 ppg last season, has been one of the biggest surprises this season, ranking fourth in the WCC in scoring with 15.8 ppg.

- Pepperdine, which entered the week among the national scoring leaders, was held to a season-low 52 points against GU. The Waves were also held to season lows in field-goal shooting percentage (30.0), 3-point shooting percentage (18.5) and 3-pointers made (5-for-27).

- The Waves look to get back on track as they return to Malibu to host San Diego (1/13) and San Francisco (1/15).

Portland Pilots (6-12 / 2-0 WCC)
- The Pilots earned a 73-69 win over Pepperdine in their conference opener before taking an 81-65 decision over LMU.

- Portland's 2-0 start in league play is the first since the 2000-01 season. After starting 2-11, the Pilots have won four of their last five games, including four straight at the Chiles Center.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper scored a game-high 19 points and tied a career-high with seven rebounds in the Pilots' win versus Pepperdine. Cooper followed that up with a career-high 28 points in UP's win over the Lions. For his efforts, Cooper shared WCC Player of the Week honors with San Francisco's Antonio Kellogg.

- Portland shot a season-high 63.4 percent from the field versus LMU.

- The Pilots travel to Saint Mary's (1/13) and Santa Clara (1/15) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (8-9 / 0-1 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 (10-6 / 0-1 WCC)
- San Diego dropped a 103-100 double-overtime thriller at San Francisco to open conference play. The Toreros bounced back to take a 78-62 decision versus UC Riverside on Wednesday.

- The win over UC Riverside marked the second straight season USD collected 10 non-conference wins. It also improved USD's home record to a perfect 7-0.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare collected his fourth double-double of the season, scoring a career-high 22 points and grabbing 13 rebounds versus UCR. Pomare, who's four double-doubles ties him for second most in the WCC, took over the conference rebounding lead from LMU's Matthew Knight and now paces the league with 8.4 rpg.

- The Toreros continue conference play this weekend as they travel to Pepperdine (1/13) and Loyola Marymount (1/15).

San Francisco Dons (5-11 / 1-0 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 / 1-0 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.