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WCC Men's Basketball: Five For Friday

Jan. 16, 2009

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Saint Mary's Ties School Win Streak Record
With their 78-53 win over Loyola Marymount last night, the No. 25 ranked Saint Mary's Gaels improved their winning steak to 13 consecutive games, tying the school record for longest winning streak. The Gaels, who own the fourth longest winning streak of the season, also matched the 1988-89 SMC team for the best start in school history. Saint Mary's will look to set a new school record on Saturday when the Gaels host Pepperdine.

WCC Preseason Favorites Jump Out To Early Lead
Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, and San Diego, the three teams favored by most preseason prognosticators to compete for the WCC regular season title, sit atop the WCC standings as the three lone unbeaten teams. Saint Mary's and San Diego are tied for first with 3-0 records, while Gonzaga is just a half game back at 2-0.

WCC STANDINGS (As of 1/16)
TEAM WCC RECCORD
PERCENTAGE
GAMES BACK
OVERALL RECORD
No. 25 Saint Mary's 3-0
1.000
-- 16-1
San Diego 3-0
1.000
-- 11-7
Gonzaga 2-0
1.000
0.5 11-4
Portland 1-1
.500
1.5 10-7
Pepperdine 1-1
.500
1.5 4-14
Loyola Marymount 0-2
.000
2.5 1-17
San Francisco 0-3
.000
3.0 8-10
Santa Clara 0-3
.000
3.0 7-12

San Francisco's Dior Lowhorn Ties Bill Russell's USF Record
San Francisco junior forward Dior Lowhorn matched a USF record that has stood for over 50 years. Lowhorn tied NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell for the fastest player to score 1,000 points at USF. The leading scorer in the WCC reached the 1,000 point milestone in his 49th career game in the Green and Gold. Russell tallied his 1,000th career point in the 1955 NCAA Tournament Semifinals against Colorado.

Portland's Jared Stohl Sets New School Three-point Record
Portland sophomore sharpshooter Jared Stohl knocked down nine three-pointers in the Pilots' 78-60 win over San Francisco last night. Stohl broke the previous school record of eight three-pointers, accomplished twice by Peter McKelvey during the 1991-92 season. He finished 9-of-13 from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 33 points. Stohl's nine three-pointers is tied for the third most in a single game in the nation, trailing only Jodie Meeks of Kentucky and Kyle McAlarney of Notre Dame, who both made 10 treys in a game earlier this season. Led by Stohl, Portland tied a school record for most three-pointers in a single game.

All Four WCC Games This Weekend On TV
The second week of conference play concludes on Saturday with all eight teams in action. All four of Saturday's games will be televised.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK
Pepperdine at Saint Mary's Saint Mary's, CA
5:00 PM
Comcast SportsNet California
San Francisco at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
KHQ/FSN
Loyola Marymount at San Diego San Diego, CA
6:00 PM
4SD
Santa Clara at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
CSN NW