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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 15, 2009

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The WCC begins the second week of conference play with seven of the eight games this week on TV. Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and San Diego opened up conference play with wins last week. Saint Mary's and San Diego sit atop the standings with 2-0 records, while Gonzaga and Pepperdine are just a half game back with 1-0 WCC marks.

Upcoming Schedule

All Times PST

Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Gonzaga Spokane, WA 6:00 PM
KHQ (FSNNW Delayed)
Pepperdine at San Diego San Diego, CA 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Portland Portland, OR 8:00 PM
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
5:00 PM
San Francisco at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Diego San Diego, CA
6:00 PM
Santa Clara at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM

Saint Mary's Jumps Into National Rankings
Saint Mary's, riding a 12-game winning streak, jumped into the national top 25 rankings for the first time this season, debuting at No. 25 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. This marks the second straight season that the Gaels have earned a top 25 ranking, after spending eight weeks in the top 25 last year. Prior to last season, the last time SMC was ranked in the top-25 was the 1988-89 campaign when the Gaels finished the season with a No. 20 ranking. The 1988-89 campaign resulted in an NCAA Tournament appearance and a 25-5 record. That season, SMC posted a first place finish in the West Coast Conference with a 12-2 ledger.

Bill Bayno Resigns As LMU Head Coach; Max Good Named New Head Coach
Loyola Marymount Men's Basketball Head Coach Bill Bayno, who has been serving a leave of absence since Nov. 24, has officially resigned from the position, LMU announced Monday, Jan. 12. Max Good, who has been the acting head coach during Bayno's leave, officially takes over the program as the 25th coach in school history and has agreed to a multiple-year deal to be the head coach of the Lions. This is his 15th season as a head coach at the NCAA level, coaching eight seasons at Bryant College (2001-08) prior to joining LMU. He also coached at UNLV for one season (2000-01) and five seasons at Eastern Kentucky University (1985-90). He was the head coach at the New England prep school Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, for 10 seasons (1990-00). Good has been at the helm of the Lions for 12 games this season, overcoming a limited roster of just seven healthy scholarship players and a non-conference schedule ranked as high as 47 in the RPI.

Gonzaga's Matt Bouldin Named WCC Player Of The Week
Shooting 53.3 percent from the field, junior Matt Bouldin averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.0 rebounds last week, helping Gonzaga capture victories over No. 15 Tennessee on the road and Portland in its first West Coast Conference matchup. Bouldin tied a career-high with 26 points against Tennessee, leading Gonzaga to an 89-79 overtime win that snapped Tennessee's 37-home game winning streak, the second longest in the nation. He then followed that performance with a team-high 14 points and six assists in the Zags' 67-50 win over Portland.



Overall Record: 10-4
WCC Record: 1-0
  • Gonzaga opened conference play with a 67-50 win over Pacific Northwest rival Portland.

  • With last Wednesday's game at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Gonzaga has traveled 19,115 miles since Nov. 26. The Bulldogs have been in Florida, Indiana, Arizona, Utah and Tennessee during that stretch, and played in-state games in Pullman and Seattle.

  • Jeremy Pargo became the 30th member of the 1,000-point club for the Bulldogs against Portland State (12/23) and has also surpassed the 500-assists plateau. Pargo is just the fourth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points and 500 assists, joining John Stockton, Matt Santangelo, and Matt Bouldin.

  • Gonzaga continues its three-game WCC homestand as the Zags host Santa Clara (1/15) and San Francisco (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 1-16
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Lions dropped a 59-57 decision at rival Pepperdine in their conference opener. The game between Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine marked the 148th contest between the two rivals.

  • Jarred DuBois, who was coming off a freshman record 39 points in LMU's win over Cal State Bakersfield, led the Lions once again with 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds against the Waves. DuBois leads the Waves and now ranks second among all freshmen in the WCC in scoring with 12.6 ppg.

  • 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 continue WCC play on the road at Saint Mary's (1/15) and at Santa Clara (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 4-13
    WCC Record: 1-0
  • The Waves opened conference play with a thrilling 59-57 win over rival Loyola Marymount. The Waves won their 11th straight home contest against the Lions, and have been victorious in 21 of the last 23 meetings overall. Pepperdine also won for the third time in its last four games.

  • Freshman forward Taylor Darby grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the win over LMU. Darby leads all WCC freshmen and ranks fourth in the WCC in rebounding with 7.6 rpg.

  • Of the 10 players that saw action for the Waves against LMU, seven were freshmen or sophomores and six weren't on the roster last year. Senior guard Ryan Holmes, who had missed 12 straight games with a knee sprain, came off the bench and saw eight minutes of action. Sophomore forward Jonathan Dupre' missed his fifth straight game with a sprained ankle.

  • The Waves continue WCC play at San Diego (1/15) and Saint Mary's (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 9-7
    WCC Record: 0-1
  • The Pilots dropped a 67-50 decision at Northwest rival Gonzaga to open WCC play. Despite the loss, the Pilots have already matched last season's win total.

  • The Pilots made it seven consecutive games with a positive rebounding margin, gaining a 36-35 edge on the glass against Gonzaga.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio leads the Pilots and ranks fourth in the WCC with 15.8 ppg.

  • Junior guard T.J. Campbell has made an immediate impact in his first season on the Bluff. Campbell, a transfer from Glendale CC, is averaging 10.1 ppg, while ranking second in the WCC in assists with 4.9 apg.

  • Portland continues WCC play at home against USF (1/15) and Santa Clara (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 15-1
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • Saint Mary's improved its winning streak to 12 straight with a 66-54 win at Bay Area rival San Francisco. Saint Mary's 12-game winning streak is the fourth longest active streak in the nation and the second-longest in school history behind a 13-game run during the 1958-59 season.

  • Saint Mary's jumped into the top 25 for the first time this season, debuting at No. 25 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. This marks the second straight season that the Gaels have earned a top 25 ranking, after spending eight weeks in the top 25 last year.

  • Diamon Simpson (11.9 rpg) and Omar Samhan (9.9 rpg) are the most prolific rebounding duo in the country, averaging a combined 21.8 rebounds per game. Second to Simpson and Samhan are Oklahoma's Griffin brothers, Blake (13.8) and Taylor (6.8), with 20.6 rpg.

  • SMC looks to continue its winning streak when it hosts LMU (1/15) and Pepperdine (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 10-7
    WCC Record: 2-0
  • The Toreros opened up conference play with an impressive 65-50 win at San Francisco before edging Santa Clara, 55-50.

  • San Diego has won four straight and six of its last seven games after opening the season with a 4-6 record.

  • Sophomore Trumaine Johnson tied his career-high with 22 points to go along with six assists in the Toreros' victory over San Francisco. Johnson has given the Toreros a significant boost, averaging 14.8 ppg, 2.4 apg, and 2.2 spg, while shooting a solid 51.9 percent from the field since returning to the San Diego lineup. In addition, USD is 4-1 since Johnson's return, including road wins at Mississippi State, San Francisco, and Santa Clara.

  • San Diego looks to continue its winning streak as the Toreros play host to Pepperdine (1/15) and Loyola Marymount (1/17).
  • Overall Record: 8-9
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • San Francisco dropped a 65-50 decision to San Diego in its conference opener before falling 66-54 to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn paced the Dons with 18 points against the Toreros and scored 22 against the Gaels. Lowhorn leads the WCC and ranks 25th in the nation with 20.3 ppg.

  • With 17 games in the books for the 2008-09 season, USF's offense is sharing the scoring load. Three Dons average double-digit scoring, led by Lowhorn. Senior guard Manny Quezada (11.4 ppg) and freshman guard Kwame Vaughn (10.2 ppg) also average double-digit points.

  • Lowhorn surpassed 1,200 career points (1,211) and needs just 19 points to reach 1,000 points scored at USF.

  • The Dons travel to Portland (1/15) and Gonzaga (1/17) this week.
  • Overall Record: 7-11
    WCC Record: 0-2
  • The Broncos dropped a heart-breaking 63-62 decision at Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in their WCC opener before falling, 55-50, to San Diego

  • Freshman guard Kevin Foster turned in a brilliant performance against the Gaels, scoring a career-high 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field. Foster, who knocked down 5-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc, is tied for the WCC lead in three-point field goals made (43) and ranks seventh in the conference in three-point accuracy (.402). Foster's 31-point effort continues his recent scoring hot streak. It marked his fifth double-digit scoring effort in the last six games. Foster leads all WCC freshmen and ranks eighth in the conference in scoring with 13.2 ppg.

  • John Bryant leads the WCC and ranks fourth in the nation in rebounding with 12.1 rpg.

  • Santa Clara looks for its first WCC win in the Northwest as the Broncos travel to Gonzaga (1/15) and Portland this week.