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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 15, 2007

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The WCC's second "Big Monday" appearance of the season is a rematch of the 2004 and 2005 WCC Tournament finals as the Gonzaga Bulldogs travel to Moraga, CA to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels. Gonzaga is coming off of a 77-69 win over Santa Clara on Saturday evening, while Saint Mary's downed Portland, 73-57, for its first conference win of the season. Gonzaga's win gave Head Coach Mark Few his 200th career win, making him the third fastest coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the milestone.


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 $

Saturday, January 20
*Santa Clara at San Diego - 4:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at San Francisco - 7:00 PM &
*Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 7:30 PM %

* Denotes Conference game; # Televised on ESPNU; $ Televised on ESPN; % Televised on CSTV; & Televised on Comcast SportsNet West


Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-6 / 3-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga extended its conference-opening streak to three straight wins with a 77-69 win over Santa Clara on Saturday.

- The win over Santa Clara marked Head Coach Mark Few's 200th victory of his eight-year career. With 200 wins in just 247 games, Few ranks third on the NCAA Division I "Fastest to 200 Wins" list.

- Sophomore guard Micah Downs saw his first action in a Gonzaga uniform against the Broncos. A former McDonald's All-American who transferred from Kansas, Downs became eligible in December but was recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Downs had five points, one rebound and two assists in 12 minutes of play.

- The Bulldogs travel to Moraga, CA to take on Saint Mary's (1/15) in the second "Big Monday" showdown of the season.

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-11 / 0-3 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount's struggles continued as the Lions fell to San Francisco, 68-61 in overtime, on Saturday.

- The Lions are off to an 0-3 start in WCC play. The last time LMU dropped its first three conference games was the 2002-03 season.

- The Lions are 5-2 at home this season, averaging 12 more points per game at Gersten Pavilion than on the road.

- Junior guard Damian Martin is the only Lion that has started every game this season. Martin had a team-high 14 rebounds in the loss to USF on Saturday and has led LMU in rebounding in five games this season.

- LMU hosts San Diego (1/15) before taking on rival Pepperdine (1/20) at Gersten Pavilion.

Pepperdine Waves (4-15 / 0-3 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped to 0-3 in conference play, falling to San Diego, 71-67, on Saturday.

- Seniors Chase Griffin and Marvin Lea have combined to lead the Waves in scoring in 12 of their 19 games this season. Griffin has been Pepperdine's top scorer in five straight games and has also led the team in rebounding in three of those five games.

- Sophomore guard Tomas Pranicliauskas returned to the Waves lineup Saturday for the first time since dislocating his shoulder on December 28, scoring nine points in 21 minutes.

- The Waves are 0-3 in WCC play for the first time since 1996. Pepperdine is looking to snap a season-long five-game losing streak against USF tonight.

- The Waves host San Francisco (1/15) before traveling to LMU (1/20) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (6-13 / 2-1 WCC)
- The Pilots suffered their first setback in WCC play, dropping a 73-57 decision to the Saint Mary's Gaels at McKeon Pavilion.

- Playing a career-high 32 minutes, senior forward Chris Jackson led the Pilots with 12 points and seven boards off of the bench on Saturday.

- Although he went 1-10 from the field against Saint Mary's, senior guard Darren Cooper was perfect from the free-throw line, going 10-10 from the charity stripe and hitting double digits in scoring for the seventh time in the last eight games.

- After posting four blocks against SMC, sophomore forward Jamie Jones has 12 blocked shots in conference games and leads the league with 4.0 bpg in WCC games.

- The Pilots look to get back to their winning ways as they travel to Santa Clara (1/15).

Saint Mary's Gaels (9-9 / 1-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned its first conference win of the season, downing Portland, 73-57, on Saturday.

- The Gaels are looking for their 10th home win of the season tonight versus Gonzaga. All nine of SMC's wins this season have come at home as the Gaels are 9-2 at McKeon Pavilion.

- The Gaels rank second in the WCC in rebounding, averaging 38.3 rebounds per game, with sophomore forward Diamon Simpson and freshman center Omar Samhan leading the way with 7.2 and 5.3 boards per game, respectively.

- The last time Gonzaga and Saint Mary's met, the Bulldogs hit two free throws with less than a second remaining to seal a 62-61 win in Spokane last year.

- SMC hosts Gonzaga (1/15) in the WCC's second "Big Monday" showdown of the season.

San Diego Toreros (11-6 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Toreros downed UC Riverside, 78-62, before edging Pepperdine, 71-67, for their first conference win of the season.

- Although he faced Pepperdine's full-court press on Saturday, sophomore guard Brandon Johnson dished out nine assists while committing just three turnovers. Johnson leads the conference in both assists (4.88 apg) and steals (2.29 spg).

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare snagged a career-high 15 rebounds, while matching his career-high of 22 points for the second straight game on Saturday. Pomare, an All-WCC freshman team member last season, is the conference's leading rebounder (8.8 rpg) and fifth-leading scorer (15.6 ppg).

- The Toreros travel to Loyola Marymount (1/15) before returning home to host Santa Clara (1/20) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (6-11 / 2-0 WCC)
- The Dons improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 68-61 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday. The 2-0 league record has the Dons sitting in second place, just a half game behind Gonzaga.

- The Dons are the only team in the conference with four players ranked in the top 15 in scoring in the WCC. Sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg is fifth in the conference (15.6 ppg), followed by senior guard Armondo Surratt at No. 7 (15.1 ppg), senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. at No. 10 (12.1) and sophomore guard Manny Quezada at No. 14 (12.1 ppg).

- Along with ranking 10th in the league in scoring, Wiggins is sixth in the WCC in rebounding (7.1 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.537) and fourth in blocks (1.59 bpg).

- USF travels to Pepperdine (1/15) before returning to War Memorial Gym to host Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (1/20) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (11-6 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Broncos came up short versus the Gonzaga Bulldogs, falling 77-69, on Saturday evening.

- Junior Scott Dougherty led the Broncos on Saturday, scoring a career-high 18 points that included four three-pointers. Senior center Sean Denison and senior guard Danny Pariseau helped out with 11 points apiece.

- In his first season as a Bronco, Pariseau, a transfer from Eastern Washington, is making his mark in the WCC. Pariseau leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.20) and is second in assists (4.53 apg) and is ranked in the top 20 in the WCC in scoring (10.2 ppg), field goal percentage (46.7), steals (1.35 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (41.7).

- Santa Clara hosts Portland (1/15) before traveling to San Diego to take on the Toreros (1/20) this weekend.