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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 22, 2007

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The third week of conference play comes to a close tonight with the WCC's third "Big Monday" showdown of the season as the Gonzaga Bulldogs travel to Portland to take on the Pilots. The Zags enter tonight's game in a four-way tie for first place with Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, and San Francisco with a 3-1 record in conference play, while the Pilots are tied for fifth with San Diego with a 2-2 mark in WCC games.


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 $

Saturday, January 27
*Loyola Marymount at Santa Clara - 2:00 PM
*San Diego at Portland - 2:00 PM #
*San Francisco at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM %
*Pepperdine at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM &

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


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 forward Josh Heytvelt has returned to form over the past four games after being held scoreless against Virginia on January 3. In the past four games Heytvelt has averaged 15.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg, while shooting 61.5 percent from the field.

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

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-13 / 0-5 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount dropped its eighth straight game, falling to rival Pepperdine, 57-55, on Saturday.

- LMU came back from a 14-point deficit in the second half against Pepperdine, closing the gap to two points with just 56 seconds remaining but could not pull off the win. The Lions have lost five games this season by eight points or less, including the last three straight.

- Senior guard Adoyah Miller led the Lions with 14 points against the Waves, while Matthew Knight added the 24th double-double of his career with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Miller and Knight have combined to lead the Lions in scoring in 13 of their 21 games this season.

- Loyola Marymount looks to snap it's losing skid as the Lions play at Santa Clara (1/27) and at Saint Mary's (1/29) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (5-16 / 1-4 WCC)
- Pepperdine earned its first WCC win of the season as the Waves downed rival Loyola Marymount, 57-55, on Saturday.

- With the win over LMU, the Waves snapped a six-game losing streak and an 11-game WCC regular-season losing streak that spanned back to January 2006 when they last defeated Loyola Marymount, 70-62, in Malibu. The victory was Pepperdine's first WCC road win since 2005.

- The Waves have won 17 of their last 19 meetings with LMU and hold an 84-60 advantage in the all-time series.

- Junior center Jarrad Henry blocked four shots versus the Lions, bringing his league-leading total to 51.

- The Waves travel to Saint Mary's (1/27) and Santa Clara (1/29) this week.

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 is 6-3 at the Chiles Center this year and has won four consecutive games at home. The Pilots are averaging nearly 16 points more per game at home than on the road this season.

- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones leads the WCC in blocked shots with 3.25 bpg, turning away 13 attempts during conference play. Jones is arguably the most improved player in the conference, increasing his scoring from 1.6 ppg last season to 10.4 ppg, improving his shooting percentage from 36.8 percent to 50.3 percent, and upping his rebounding average from 3.1 rpg to 7.6 rpg, the fourth best rebounding clip in the WCC.

- The Pilots return to The Bluff to host Gonzaga (1/22) on "Big Monday" before hosting San Diego (1/27) and San Francisco (1/29) later this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (11-9 / 3-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's moved into a tie for first place with a 71-64 overtime win at San Francisco on Saturday.

- The win marked the Gaels' first road win this season.

- Saint Mary's has gotten to the free throw line 542 times this season, ranking fourth in the nation. Although the Gaels attempt 27.1 and make 18.9 free throws per game, they average just 70 percent from the charity stripe this season.

- Freshman center Omar Samhan scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the Gaels' win over USF. Samhan has stepped up his game during conference play, averaging 14.8 ppg to go along with 5.5 rpg, while shooting 60.5 percent in WCC games.

- The Gaels travel to San Diego (1/22) before hosting Pepperdine (1/27).

San Diego Toreros (12-7 / 2-2 WCC)
- The Toreros suffered a 61-47 setback versus Santa Clara on Saturday, snapping their seven-game home winning streak, and their three-game winning streak over the Broncos.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare recorded his conference-leading sixth double-double of the season (tied with USF's Alan Wiggins, Jr.) against SCU with a 17-point, 12-rebound performance. Pomare is the only player averaging a double-double in conference games and leads the WCC with 19.8 ppg and 10.8 rpg in league games.

- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis knocked down two treys versus Santa Clara to set a new USD career three-pointers made record with 184.

- San Diego looks to get back to its winning ways as the Toreros host Saint Mary's (1/22) before traveling to Portland (1/27) later this week.

San Francisco Dons (7-12 / 3-1 WCC)
- The Dons fell to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 71-64, in overtime. USF is now in a four-way tie for first place with a 3-1 record in conference play.

- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. scored a career-high 25 points and added 10 boards for his conference-leading sixth double-double of the season (tied with USD's Gyno Pomare) versus Saint Mary's. Wiggins, Jr. also added five blocks while going 10-for-14 from the field in the loss to the Gaels.

- The Dons are the only team in the league that boasts four players averaging double figures in scoring this season in sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg (15.1 ppg), senior guard Armondo Surratt (14.9 ppg), Wiggins, Jr. (13.9 ppg) and sophomore guard Manny Quezada (11.0 ppg).

- The Dons host Santa Clara (1/22) before traveling to Gonzaga (1/27) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (13-6 / 3-1 WCC)
- The Broncos moved into a four-way tie for first place with a 61-47 win at San Diego on Saturday.

- Santa Clara's frontline of senior center Sean Denison and sophomore center John Bryant led the Broncos to the win over San Diego on Saturday. Denison was perfect from the floor going 6-for-6 with 16 points and seven boards, while Bryant pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds.

- Denison is the WCC's top shooter, hitting a blistering 83.3 percent of his shots during conference play. Denison, who has only missed four shots in four WCC games (20-for-24), is on pace to shatter the WCC field goal percentage record (WCC games) of 71.3 percent set by Craig Cottrell (USD - 1988-89) and later tied by Jumoke Horton (SMC - 1994-95).

- Santa Clara travels to Bay Area rival San Francisco (1/22) before hosting Loyola Marymount (1/27) this weekend.