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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Jan. 28, 2008

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Jan. 28
*Portland at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM #
*Saint Mary's at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*Santa Clara at San Francisco - 7:00 PM !

Feb. 2
*Gonzaga at Santa Clara - 4:00 PM ! #
*Portland at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM !
*San Diego at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

* Denotes WCC games; ! Televised on CSNW; # Televised on FSN; All times PST

AROUND THE WCC

WELCOME ABOARD
Several WCC teams expect significant contributions from incoming freshmen and transfers. Below are just a few of the newcomers who are making a splash in 2007-08.
PLAYER YEAR POSITION 2007-08 KEY STATS
Dior Lowhorn, USF Sophomore Forward 20.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, .492 FG Percentage
Tyrone Shelley, PEP Freshman Guard 15.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 spg
Patty Mills, SMC Freshman Guard 15.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.7 spg
Malcolm Thomas, PEP Freshman Forward 13.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Orlando Johnson, LMU Freshman Guard 13.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg
Nik Raivio, POR Sophomore Guard 12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg
Myron Strong, USF Freshman Guard 11.9 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg
Austin Daye, GON Freshman Forward 10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Robin Smeulders, POR Sophomore Forward 10.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, .488 FG Percentage

The WCC's Diaper Dandies
The WCC's freshman class is proving to be one of the conference's best in years. Three of the WCC's eight schools have freshmen leading them in scoring, while two have freshmen leading them in rebounding. Meanwhile, five freshmen are ranked in the top 15 in the conference in scoring, while another five are in the top 15 in rebounding. Below are just some of the accomplishments by WCC freshmen this season.

  • Three freshmen lead their respective teams in scoring.
    (Orlando Johnson, LMU; Tyrone Shelley, PEP; Patty Mills, SMC)

  • Three freshmen lead their respective teams in rebounding.
    (Orlando Johnson, LMU; Malcolm Thomas, PEP; Luke Sikma, POR)

  • Four freshmen are ranked in the top 10 in the WCC in scoring.
    (Tyrone Shelley, PEP; Patty Mills, SMC; Malcolm Thomas, PEP; Orlando Johnson, LMU)

  • Five freshmen rank in the top 15 in the conference in steals.

  • Gonzaga freshman Austin Daye leads the WCC in free throw percentage (.910).

  • Top two scoring performances in the WCC this season are by freshmen.
    (37 - Patty Mills, SMC vs. Oregon 11/20; 34 - Tyrone Shelley, PEP vs. CSUN 11/17)

    WCC TEAM NOTES

    Gonzaga Bulldogs (15-5 / 4-0 WCC)

  • Gonzaga dropped its first road game of the season, falling at No. 1 Memphis, 81-73.

  • Jeremy Pargo led Gonzaga with a game-high 25 points, while Josh Heytvelt added 13 and Micah Downs 11.

  • Pargo also dished out a team-high seven assists, while committing just two turnovers in 40 minutes against the Tigers pressure defense. Pargo leads the WCC and ranks 20th in the nation in assists with 6.1 apg.

  • The Zags lead the WCC in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a .396 clip.

  • The Bulldogs return to Spokane to host Portland (1/28) before traveling to the Bay Area to take on Santa Clara this weekend (2/2).

    Loyola Marymount Lions (4-17 / 1-4 WCC)

  • The Lions suffered an 87-64 setback at rival Pepperdine on Saturday.

  • Freshman Orlando Johnson scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Johnson now ranks 10th in the WCC in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg), and is one of only three freshmen to rank in the top 10 in both categories, joining Pepperdine's Tyrone Shelley and Malcolm Thomas.

  • Johnson continues to move up the Lions' career record book for scoring and rebounds, as his 272 points and 115 rebounds on the season already ranks seventh and sixth for freshman at LMU.

  • Junior Corey Counts leads the WCC with 11 treys in conference play.

  • The Lions return to Gersten Pavilion to host San Diego (2/2) this weekend.

    Pepperdine Waves (7-14 / 1-4 WCC)

  • The Waves earned their first win under Interim Head Coach Eric Bridgeland, defeating rival Loyola Marymount, 87-64.

  • Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas tossed in a game-high 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked five shots against the Lions. Thomas has been one of the most impressive freshmen in the conference, ranking in the top 10 in scoring (9th-13.7 ppg), rebounding (3rd-8.8 rpg), field goal percentage (2nd-.556), and blocks (3rd-1.76 bpg).

  • Freshman Tyrone Shelley added 16 points against the Lions. Shelley ranks second in the WCC in scoring during conference games with 16.4 ppg.

  • Junior guard Rico Tucker leads the WCC in steals with 44 overall and 2.10 spg.

  • The Waves host San Francisco (2/2) this Saturday.

    Portland Pilots (7-13 / 1-3 WCC)

  • The Pilots snapped their three-game losing skid with a 73-63 victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Friday night at the Chiles Center.

  • Freshman center Kramer Knutson and sophomore guard Taishi Ito scored 11 points each to lead Portland past Cal State Bakersfield, while sophomore forward Robin Smeulders added 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

  • Over the Pilots' last eight games, Smeulders is averaging 12.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg.

  • Despite not having a single post player with Division I game experience entering the season, Portland leads the WCC with a +4.9 rebounding margin. The Pilots have outrebounded 15 of 20 opponents thus far this season.

  • The Pilots play at Gonzaga (1/28) before traveling to Saint Mary's (2/2) this weekend.

    Saint Mary's Gaels (17-2 / 4-0 WCC)

  • Saint Mary's improved to 17-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play with a convincing 79-57 win at San Francisco.

  • Freshman guard Patrick Mills tossed in a game-high 24 points, knocking down 9-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Mills, who ranks sixth in the WCC in scoring with 15.3 ppg, ranks second in the WCC with 40 three-pointers on the season.

  • Sophomore center Omar Samhan tallied his fifth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds against the Dons.

  • The Gaels have blocked a WCC-high 112 shots, ranking 15th in the nation in blocks.

  • Saint Mary's travels to San Diego (1/28) before returning home to host Portland (2/2) this weekend.

    San Diego Toreros (10-11 / 3-1 WCC)

  • The Toreros improved to 3-1 in WCC play and earned sole possession of third place in the conference standings with a 53-51 win over Santa Clara.

  • Junior Gyno Pomare notched his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Toreros' win over the Broncos. With the 10 boards, Pomare, who has 574 career rebounds, passed former teammate Nick Lewis (2001-06) for sole possession of fourth place on the Toreros' all-time rebounds list.

  • Junior guard Brandon Johnson tossed in a game-high 19 points in the win over the Broncos. Johnson ranks third in the conference in scoring with 17.1 ppg, and has knocked down a WCC-best 45 treys on the season.

  • The Toreros host Saint Mary's (1/28) before traveling to LMU (2/2) this weekend.

    San Francisco Dons (5-14 / 1-3 WCC)

  • The Dons fell to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's, 79-57, on Saturday.

  • Head Coach Eddie Sutton owns a career record of 799-321 and is looking to become just the fifth coach in NCAA Division I history with 800 career wins.

  • Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn and junior guard Manny Quezada each scored 19 points to lead the Dons. Lowhorn continues to lead the WCC and ranks 28th in the country in scoring with 20.5 ppg.

  • Lowhorn and Quezada (15.5 ppg) are the WCC's highest scoring duo, averaging 36.0 ppg.

  • Quezada ranks fourth in the WCC in assists with 3.89 apg.

  • USF hosts Bay Area rival Santa Clara (1/28) before traveling to Pepperdine (2/2).

    Santa Clara Broncos (10-9 / 2-2 WCC)

  • Santa Clara fell to 2-2 in WCC play with a 53-51 loss at San Diego on Saturday.

  • Junior center John Bryant notched his WCC-leading eighth double-double of the season, scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds against the Toreros. Bryant is the only player in the WCC to rank in the top three in the conference in scoring (2nd-17.3 ppg), rebounding (1st-9.2 rpg), field goal percentage (1st-.590), and blocks (2nd-2.00 bpg).

  • Freshman Ben Dowdell continued his excellent play scoring 13 points, grabbing four rebounds and notching a block and a steal against San Diego. Dowdell has now scored in double figures in five of the last seven games after accomplishing that only once in his first 11 games.

  • Santa Clara travels to Bay Area rival San Francisco (1/28) on Monday before hosting Gonzaga (2/2) this weekend.