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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 21, 2008

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The second week of conference play comes to a close Monday evening, highlighted by a pair of games on ESPN's family of networks. Pepperdine, under the direction of interim Head Coach Eric Bridgeland, travels to Santa Clara to take on the Broncos in a contest televised on ESPNU at 8:00 p.m. (PT). Concluding the second week of conference play is the WCC's second Big Monday appearance of the season as the San Francisco Dons travel to Gonzaga to take on the Bulldogs on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. (PT). USF interim Head Coach Eddie Sutton will be looking for his 800th career victory, making him just the eighth coach in NCAA history to reach the coaching milestone.


Jan. 21
*Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM !
*San Diego at Portland - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM @
*San Francisco at Gonzaga - 9:00 PM #

Jan. 25
Cal State Bakersfield at Portland - 7:00 PM

Jan. 26
Gonzaga at Memphis - 9:00 AM
*Santa Clara at San Diego - 6:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at San Francisco - 7:00 PM !

* Denotes WCC games; ! Televised on CSNW; @ Televised on ESPNU; # Televised on ESPN; All times PST


Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-4 / 3-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga improved to 3-0 in WCC play with an 80-70 win over San Diego. The Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start in WCC play for the fifth time in the last six years.

- Junior guard Jeremy Pargo had eight assists against San Diego, his second straight eight-assist game. Pargo now has 332 career assists to move into fifth place on Gonzaga's career charts.

- Junior Josh Heytvelt continued his comeback from ankle surgery, dropping in 15 points and grabbing five rebounds against San Diego. Heytvelt has reached double figures in scoring in the past six games, averaging 14.0 ppg to go along with 5.3 rpg during that span.

- The Zags play host to San Francisco (1/21) on ESPN's Big Monday before traveling to Memphis (1/26) to take on the top ranked Tigers.

Loyola Marymount Lions (4-15 / 1-2 WCC)
- The Lions fell at Santa Clara, 58-35, on Saturday. The 35 points marked the lowest point total by Loyola Marymount against the Broncos since SCU defeated them 33-31 in 1938.

- The Lions have started nine different players and have the youngest roster in the WCC.

- 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.

- Sophomore Shawn Deadwiler led the Lions with 11 points versus Santa Clara. Deadwiler leads the Lions in scoring in WCC play with 12.3 ppg.

- The Lions travel to Moraga, CA to take on Saint Mary's (1/21) before taking on Southern California rival Pepperdine (1/26).

Pepperdine Waves (6-13 / 0-3 WCC)
- Playing their first game since head coach Vance Walberg resigned, the Waves put together an exceptional effort, but fell at Saint Mary's, 79-74.

- Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley had his third double-double of the season, and third in the last six games, with a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds against Saint Mary's. Shelley now leads the WCC in scoring during conference games with 19.3 ppg, while ranking fifth in rebounding with 8.0 rpg.

- Led by Shelley, Pepperdine's freshmen are providing most of the Waves' scoring, with 65.0 percent of the points thus far. Freshmen have scored at least half of the Waves' points in 18 of 19 games

- Pepperdine travels to Santa Clara (1/21) in a contest televised on ESPNU, before returning to Malibu to host rival Loyola Marymount (1/26).

Portland Pilots (6-12 / 1-2 WCC)
- The Pilots fell to 1-2 in the WCC with a 60-59 setback versus San Francisco.

- The Dons continue to have Portland's number with their ninth consecutive win in the series. Seven of those victories have been decided by five or fewer points.

- Senior Sherrard Watson scored all of his points in the second half, finishing with a team-high 15 against the Dons. Freshman Luke Sikma was the only other Pilot to reach double figures in scoring with 10.

- Sikma leads the Pilots and ranks fourth in the WCC in rebounding with 8.3 rpg.

- The Pilots look for their second conference win as they host San Diego (1/21) before stepping out of conference play to host Cal State Bakersfield (1/25).

Saint Mary's Gaels (15-2 / 2-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's improved to 15-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play with a 79-74 win over Pepperdine.

- Junior forward Diamon Simpson notched his team-leading seventh double-double in the Gaels' win over Pepperdine with 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Gaels. Simpson's seven double-doubles tie him with Santa Clara's John Bryant for the conference lead.

- Senior guard Tron Smith came off the bench to chip in 15 points against the Waves. Smith is the Gaels' top player off the bench, averaging 8.3 ppg in 20 minutes per game.

- Simpson leads the WCC in rebounds (9.5 rpg) and blocks (2.12 bpg).

- Saint Mary's hosts LMU (1/21) before traveling to San Francisco (1/26) this weekend.

San Diego Toreros (8-11 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Toreros dropped their first WCC game of the season, falling at Gonzaga, 80-70.

- Junior guard Brandon Johnson scored a game-high 26 points versus Gonzaga. Johnson needs just one more point to become the 20th player in the program to reach the 1,000-point plateau. Johnson and fellow junior Gyno Pomare, who reached 1,000 career points earlier this season, would be the only active teammates in the WCC to reach the scoring milestone.

- Pomare pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds against Gonzaga. Pomare, who has 558 career rebounds, needs just 16 more rebounds to pass another former teammate, Nick Lewis (2001-06) for fourth place on the Toreros' all-time list.

- The Toreros travel to Portland (1/21) to take on the Pilots before returning to San Diego to host Santa Clara (1/26).

San Francisco Dons (5-12 / 1-1 WCC)
- The Dons earned their first win under interim Head Coach Eddie Sutton, edging Portland, 60-59.

- The win was Sutton's 799th career victory. The legendary coach has compiled a career record of 799-319 and is looking to become just the eighth coach in NCAA history with 800 career wins.

- Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn tossed in a game-high 19 points and pulled down a game-best seven rebounds in the win over the Pilots. Lowhorn now leads the WCC with 20.6 ppg, while ranking fifth in rebounding with 7.5 rpg.

- Senior Danny Cavic leads the WCC in three-point percentage with a .455 clip.

- The Dons travel to Gonzaga (1/21) before hosting Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (1/26).

Santa Clara Broncos (9-8 / 1-1 WCC)
- Santa Clara earned its first conference win of the season, defeating Loyola Marymount, 58-35.

- The Lions' point total is the lowest Santa Clara has allowed against a conference opponent since a 40-33 Bronco win over Saint Mary's on Feb. 20, 1988.

- Junior center John Bryant scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Loyola Marymount for his seventh double-double of the season. Bryant, who has posted back-to-back double-doubles, is tied with Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson for the WCC lead in double-doubles.

- Senior Brody Angley dished out four assists versus LMU to give him 424 career assists, moving him past John Woolery (1990-94) for sixth place on the Broncos' all-time list.

- Santa Clara hosts Pepperdine (1/21) before traveling to San Diego (1/26) this weekend.