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WCC Men's Basketball Mid-Week Report

Jan. 18, 2007

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WCC CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Diamon Simpson, Saint Mary's & Gyno Pomare, San Diego
Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson and San Diego's Gyno Pomare share this week's WCC Player of the Week honor after guiding their respective teams to undefeated records last week. Pomare averaged a double-double in three USD wins with 21.0 ppg to go along with 12.0 rpg. Pomare was efficient, shooting 58.1 percent from the field and 86.7 percent from the free throw line in the Toreros' wins over UC Riverside, Pepperdine, and Loyola Marymount. Simpson was equally as impressive, averaging 17.5 ppg to go along with 8.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg in the Gaels' wins over Portland and Gonzaga. Simpson connected on a blistering 69.2 percent of his attempts from the field for the week.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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 %

Monday, January 22
*Santa Clara at San Francisco - 7:00 PM &
*Saint Mary's at San Diego - 8:00 PM #
*Gonzaga at Portland - 9:00 PM $

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

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-7 / 3-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara, 77-69, on Saturday, before dropping an 80-75 decision at Saint Mary's on Monday.

- The win over SCU was 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.

- The loss to Saint Mary's snapped GU's 26-game WCC regular season winning streak and a string of 30 straight wins versus conference opponents including tournament play.

- Sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo paced the Zags with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. It marked the third time in the last seven games that Pargo has led Gonzaga in scoring.

- The Bulldogs travel to Portland (1/22) for the WCC's third "Big Monday" showdown.

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-12 / 0-4 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount's struggles continued as the Lions fell to San Francisco, 68-61 in overtime, on Saturday, before dropping a 79-74 decision to San Diego on Monday.

- 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. Martin had a monster weekend for the Lions, averaging 17.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.0 bpg and 2.5 spg. He came into the weekend at 4.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, and 1.9 spg.

- Senior guard Adoyah Miller led the Lions versus USD with 23 points, scoring 21 in the second half.

- LMU looks to snap its seven-game losing skid when it hosts rival Pepperdine (1/20).

Pepperdine Waves (4-16 / 0-4 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped to 0-4 in conference play, falling to San Diego, 71-67, on Saturday before being edged by San Francisco, 72-71, on Monday. The Waves' loss to USF marked their ninth defeat by five points or less this season.

- Pepperdine is 0-4 in WCC play for the first time since opening the 1996 conference schedule with four straight losses. The Waves also come into Saturday's action trying to end a 12-game losing streak against WCC opponents dating back to last year. It is the program's longest conference losing streak since the 1955-56 season when Pepperdine lost 14 straight.

- Pepperdine leads the WCC in three-point field goal attempts (569) and three-point field goals made (209). LMU holds the WCC record for most three-pointers attempted and made in a single season, attempting 793 during the 1988-89 season and making 298 in the 1989-90 season.

- The Waves travel to rival Loyola Marymount (1/20) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (6-14 / 2-2 WCC)
- The Pilots suffered their first two setbacks in WCC play, dropping a 73-57 decision at Saint Mary's before falling to Santa Clara, 57-41.

- Portland remains winless away from home, falling to 0-9 on the road. The Pilots are a different team at home, posting a 6-3 overall record.

- Playing a career-high 32 minutes, senior forward Chris Jackson led the Pilots with 12 points and seven boards off of the bench versus Saint Mary's. Jackson followed that performance with a 10-point, eight rebound effort versus Santa Clara.

- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones leads the WCC in blocked shots with 3.25 bpg, turning away 13 attempts during conference play.

- The Pilots return to The Bluff to host Gonzaga (1/22) on "Big Monday".

Saint Mary's Gaels (10-9 / 2-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned its first two WCC wins of the season, downing Portland, 73-57, before earning an 80-75 win over Gonzaga.

- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson enjoyed a standout game versus the Zags, scoring a career-high 29 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Simpson also hauled down a game-high 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. In just two seasons, Simpson is already tied for fourth on the Gaels' career blocks list with 83.

- Freshman center Omar Samhan chipped in a career-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds in the win over Gonzaga. Samhan, who connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field, leads all WCC freshmen in scoring (9.9 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg), field goal percentage (56.8), and blocked shots (1.16 bpg).

- SMC travels to San Francisco (1/20) and San Diego (1/22) this week.

San Diego Toreros (12-6 / 2-1 WCC)
- The Toreros picked up three wins last week, defeating UC Riverside, 78-62, before edging Pepperdine, 71-67, and downing LMU, 79-74.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare was spectacular in the three USD wins, averaging 21 ppg and 12 rpg. Pomare is enjoying a breakout season and is the only player in the WCC to rank in the top five in the conference in scoring (5th-15.8 ppg), rebounding (1st-8.7 rpg), field goal percentage (5th-53.6), and blocks (4th-1.56 bpg). Pomare has elevated his game during league play and is the only player in the league averaging a double-double during conference games, leading the WCC in scoring (20.7 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg).

- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis, who knocked down six threes in the Toreros' win over LMU, needs just one trey to tie USD's career three-pointers made record of 183.

- San Diego hosts Santa Clara (1/20) and Saint Mary's (1/22) this week.

San Francisco Dons (7-11 / 3-0 WCC)
- The Dons sit atop the conference standings with a 3-0 record after collecting road wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine.

- USF is off to a 3-0 start in league play for the first time since 1991 when they opened with wins over St. Mary's, Gonzaga and Portland. USF has not been 4-0 in league since 1979 when they opened the league season with wins over LMU, Pepperdine, Seattle and Portland. USF opened 5-0 in 1978.

- The backcourt tandem of senior Armondo Surratt and sophomore Antonio Kellogg is the highest scoring duo in conference play, averaging 36.7 ppg. In three league games, Kellogg ranks second in the WCC with 19.7 ppg, while Surratt is tied for sixth with 17.0 ppg.

- San Francisco looks to stay atop the conference standings as the Dons host Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's (1/20) and Santa Clara (1/22) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (12-6 / 2-1 WCC)
- The Broncos came up short versus the Gonzaga Bulldogs, falling 77-69, on Saturday evening before bouncing back to defeat Portland, 57-41.

- Junior Scott Dougherty enjoyed a solid week, leading the Broncos on Saturday, scoring a career-high 18 points that included four three-pointers. He then tossed in 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and handed out four assists versus Portland.

- Sophomore center John Bryant, who blocked two shots versus the Pilots, moved into sole possession of fifth place on SCU's all-time blocks list with 67 career rejections. He needs just three more blocks to tie Brendan Graves (1994-96) for fourth place.

- Senior center Sean Denison is shooting a blistering 77.8 percent during WCC play.

- Santa Clara heads to San Diego (1/20) before traveling to San Francisco (1/22).