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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 14, 2008

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CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES TONIGHT: Gonzaga at Pepperdine on Big Monday
The first week of conference play comes to a close tonight as Portland travels to Loyola Marymount, while Pepperdine plays host to Gonzaga. Both games will be televised as the Portland-LMU game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU, while the Gonzaga-Pepperdine contest marks the WCC's first ESPN Big Monday appearance of the season.


Jan. 14
*Portland at Loyola Marymount - 8:00 PM
*Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 9:00 PM

Jan. 19
*San Diego at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Portland - 7:00 PM

* Denotes WCC games; All times PST


Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-4 / 1-0 WCC)
- The Bulldogs opened WCC play on Saturday with a 91-68 win at Loyola Marymount.

- Junior forward Josh Heytvelt had a season-high 19 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures versus the Lions. Heytvelt, who made his first start of the season, also grabbed five rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

- Sophomore guard Matt Bouldin had 17 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds against LMU. Bouldin, who's eight assists marked a career-high, was one of six Bulldog players with at least two assists as the Zags tallied a season-high 25 assists.

- After winning its WCC opener for the 12th straight season, Gonzaga will try for a 2-0 start for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons at Pepperdine (1/14). The Zags contest versus Pepperdine marks the WCC's first ESPN Big Monday telecast of the season.

Loyola Marymount Lions (3-14 / 0-1 WCC)
- The Lions suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling at Cal State Bakersfield, 98-64, before dropping a 91-68 decision to Gonzaga to open conference play.

- Junior guard Corey Counts tossed in a career-high 21 points and handed out seven assists versus Gonzaga. Counts, who earned a spot on the LMU squad as a walk-on in 2005-06, has started seven games at point guard for the Lions, leads the team in assists with 3.12 apg and is the team's top three-point threat at 45.8 percent.

- The Lions have been getting balance from their young roster as no player averages more than 30 minutes and nine different players have scored 10 or more points in a game this season.

- The Lions continue WCC play this Monday as they host Portland (1/14) in a contest televised on ESPNU.

Pepperdine Waves (6-11 / 0-1 WCC)
- The Waves cruised past Hope International, 118-76, before dropping an 82-78 decision to Portland to open WCC play. Pepperdine's 118 points was the most by the Waves since setting the school record with 131 points against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 17, 1990.

- Freshman Mychel Thompson leads the team with 32 three-pointers and has made at least one in every game. Thompson ranks fourth in three-pointers made (1.9 per game) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.410).

- Freshmen are providing most of the Waves' scoring, with 65.7 percent of the points thus far. They have also scored at least half of the Waves' points in 16 of 17 games this season.

- The Waves host Gonzaga (1/14) on Monday in the WCC's first ESPN Big Monday appearance of the season.

Portland Pilots (6-10 / 1-0 WCC)
- The Pilots earned an 82-78 win over Pepperdine in their conference-opener on Saturday. The 82 points scored against the Waves was a season high for the Pilots.

- Senior forward Sherrard Watson led the Pilots with a season-high 22 points versus the Waves, while sophomore forward Ethan Niedermeyer came off the bench to score a career-high 16 points.

- Despite not having a single post player with Division I game experience entering the season, Portland has a +5.3 rebounding margin to lead the WCC. The Pilots have out-rebounded 12-of-16 opponents thus far this season, including out-rebounding the Waves, 43-32.

- The Pilots look to improve to 2-0 in WCC play when they travel to Loyola Marymount (1/14) in a contest televised on ESPNU.

Saint Mary's Gaels (14-2 / 1-0 WCC)
- The Gaels defeated Fresno State, 77-68, before opening up WCC play with a convincing 76-45 win over Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

- Junior forward Diamon Simpson led the Gaels versus Fresno State with 17 points. Simpson also had four first half blocks, becoming the school's all-time leader in blocked shots. He entered the game with 153 career stuffs, and moved past Brad Millard for sole possession of first place all time.

- Freshman Patrick Mills scored 16 points and dished out six assists in the Gaels' WCC-opening win over Santa Clara. Mills leads all WCC freshmen and ranks third in the conference in assists with 4.06 apg.

- Saint Mary's continues WCC play this weekend as the Gaels host Pepperdine (1/19) on Saturday.

San Diego Toreros (8-10 / 1-0 WCC)
- The Toreros fell to Cal State Bakersfield, 80-72, before edging San Francisco, 46-41, to win their WCC-opener.

- Junior guard Brandon Johnson, the Toreros' leading scorer, did not play versus Cal State Bakersfield because of a deep thigh contusion. Johnson, who ranks third in the WCC with 16.8 ppg, was able to go against San Francisco and chipped in six points and grabbed six boards.

- Junior center Gyno Pomare led the Toreros with 18 points in both games last week. Pomare, selected as one of the top six returning players in the WCC by the league's head coaches, is again putting together a spectacular season, ranking eighth in the conference in scoring (14.7 ppg), sixth in rebounding (7.3 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.554), and sixth in blocks (1.06 bpg).

- The Toreros travel to Gonzaga (1/19) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (4-12 / 0-1 WCC)
- The Dons dropped their conference-opener, falling at San Diego, 46-41.

- Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn paced the Dons with a game-high 18 points and also pulled down a game-best nine rebounds. Lowhorn leads the WCC and ranks 20th in the country in scoring with 20.7 ppg.

- Freshman guard Myron Strong leads the conference in steals with 35 steals overall and 2.19 spg.

- Senior Danny Cavic is establishing himself as the top long-range shooter in the WCC, leading the WCC with 35 three-point field goals and ranks second in three-point percentage (.461).

- The Dons look for their first WCC win at Portland (1/19) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (8-8 / 0-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara fell to San Jose State, 62-59, before dropping a 76-45 decision to Saint Mary's in its WCC-opener.

- Junior center John Bryant blocked five shots last week, increasing his season total to 31. Bryant, who ranks second in the WCC in blocks with 1.94 bpg, ranks second on Santa Clara's all-time list with 118 career blocks.

- Senior Mitch Henke scored 17 points and had a season-high 10 rebounds versus San Jose State for his first double-double of the season and the second of his career.

- Senior Brody Angley ranks seventh on Santa Clara's all-time assist charts with 420 career assists. He needs just two more to tie John Woolery (1990-94) for sixth place with 422.

- Santa Clara hosts Loyola Marymount (1/19) this weekend.