Jan. 29, 2007
WCC FEATURED ON BIG MONDAY
The fourth week of conference play comes to a close tonight as San Diego travels to Spokane to take on Gonzaga in the WCC's fourth Big Monday showdown of the season. The Zags look to close out the first half of conference play in first place, while the Toreros are hoping to gain some ground in the WCC standings.
Monday, January 29
*San Francisco at Portland - 7:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*Pepperdine at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM
*San Diego at Gonzaga - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, January 31
Gonzaga at Stanford - 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 3
*Gonzaga at Pepperdine - 12:30 PM
*San Francisco at San Diego - 4:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM
*Portland at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
* Denotes Conference game; # Televised on ESPNU; $ Televised on ESPN2; & Televised on FSN; % Televised on FSN West; ^ Televised on Comcast SportsNet West
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-7 / 5-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga moved to first place in the conference standings with a 72-56 win over San Francisco, coupled with losses by SMC and SCU.
- Gonzaga has won 26 consecutive home games against conference opponents and extended the nation's longest home court winning streak to 48 games.
- Sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo registered a career-high 11 assists to go along with 11 points in Gonzaga's win over USF. Pargo leads the WCC with 6.00 apg in league games.
- Since an 0-for-6 night at the University of Virginia on Jan. 3rd, sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt has connected on 35-for-57 from the field for a 61.4 percentage.
- The Bulldogs have a busy week as they host San Diego in the WCC's fourth Big Monday showdown of the season tonight, before traveling to Stanford (1/31) on Wednesday.
Loyola Marymount Lions (9-13 / 1-5 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount snapped its eight-game losing streak and picked up its first conference win of the season with a 74-71 upset of Santa Clara.
- Senior forward Matthew Knight led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds versus Santa Clara for his sixth double-double of the season and the 25th of his career. His 20-point, 10-rebound effort against SCU, Knight brought his career points total to 1,350 and his career rebounding total to 698, ranking him 14th and 10th on the Lions' all-time charts, respectively. Knight, who trails Mike Yoest by nine rebounds for ninth all-time at LMU, is just the seventh player in LMU history to rank in the top-15 in both scoring and rebounds.
- Junior guard Damian Martin is the only player in the WCC to rank in the top ten in rebounding (9th-5.7 rpg), assists (5th-3.83 apg), and steals (1st-3.17 spg) during conference play.
- LMU travels to Saint Mary's (1/29) before hosting Portland (2/3).
Pepperdine Waves (6-16 / 2-4 WCC)
- Pepperdine earned its second straight WCC win as the Waves knocked off Saint Mary's, 68-66, on Saturday. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak against Saint Mary's dating back to 2004 and marked the first time this season Pepperdine has posted back-to-back wins.
- Pepperdine leads the WCC in three-point field goal attempts (592) and three-point field goals made (219). The Waves have already surpassed last season's total of 124 made three-pointers and are just 18 treys away from tying the program's single-season record for made three-pointers (237) set during the 1999-2000 season.
- Junior center Jarrad Henry, who has totaled a single-season high 52 blocked shots this season, is tied for seventh on Pepperdine's all-time career blocked shots list.
- The Waves travel to Santa Clara (1/29) before returning to Malibu to host Gonzaga (2/3).
Portland Pilots (6-16 / 2-4 WCC)
- The Pilots suffered a 74-70 setback versus San Diego on Saturday.
- Freshman guard Taishi Ito continued his solid play with 12 points, eight assists and just two turnovers in 38 minutes versus the Toreros. Ito, who missed seven games this season while traveling back to his native Japan to be with his ill father, has come on strong during WCC play, averaging 9.0 ppg and 4.8 apg, with a 1.9 assist/turnover ratio in league games.
- Portland is 6-5 at home, but 0-11 at road and neutral sites. In home games, the Pilots are averaging 68.3 points and shooting 45.5 percent from the field. Away from home, Portland is posting just 52.4 points and shooting 34.5 percent from the floor.
- The Pilots look to snap their four-game losing skid as they host San Francisco (1/29) before traveling to Loyola Marymount (2/3).
Saint Mary's Gaels (12-10 / 4-2 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a 68-66 decision to Pepperdine on Saturday to fall into a tie for second place in the conference standings with Santa Clara.
- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson recorded a double-double with game-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds and nearly had a triple-double as he had a career-high eight blocked shots versus Pepperdine. Simpson, who connected on 9-of-18 from the field, ranks second in the conference with 51 blocks on the season.
- Simpson's eight blocks versus the Waves brought his career total to 95, ranking him second on the Gaels' career charts. Former standout Brad Millard (1995-00) is SMC's all-time leader with 153 career blocks.
- The Gaels look to get back to their winning ways as they host Loyola Marymount (1/29) and Bay Area rival Santa Clara (2/3).
San Diego Toreros (13-8 / 3-3 WCC)
- San Diego evened its conference record at 3-3 with a 74-70 win at Portland on Saturday.
- Sophomore guard Brandon Johnson scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half versus the Pilots. Johnson now leads the WCC in scoring with 18.7 ppg during conference play, while also ranking third in assists with 5.00 apg.
- Johnson and fellow sophomore Gyno Pomare (18.0 ppg) rank first and third in the WCC in scoring in league games, combining to average nearly 37 points per game (36.7 ppg).
- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis heads into the Gonzaga game with 187 made on 458 attempts (.408).
- USD travels to Gonzaga (1/29) for Big Monday before hosting USF (2/3) later this week.
San Francisco Dons (7-14 / 3-3 WCC)
- The Dons dropped a 72-56 decision at Gonzaga on Saturday.
- San Francisco played without sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg, who will sit out three games to concentrate on academics. The transfer from Connecticut leads the Dons -- and is sixth in the WCC -- with a 15.1 scoring average. Kellogg will continue to practice with the team and will return to action on February 3, 2007 for the road contest at the University of San Diego.
- Sophomore Manny Quezada and junior Danny Cavic each scored 16 points versus GU.
- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. has been hot lately. Over the past 15 games he has made 77-of-124 shots (61.7) and he has blocked 26 shots.
- The Dons travel to Portland (1/29) and San Diego (2/3) this week.
Santa Clara Broncos (14-7 / 4-2 WCC)
- The Broncos suffered a 74-71 setback versus Loyola Marymount to fall into a tie for second place in the conference standings with Saint Mary's. Despite the setback versus the Lions, the Broncos are off to their best start since the 1997-98 season when the team posted a 15-6 record through 21 games.
- Sophomore center John Bryant did not start on Saturday against LMU due to bronchitis. He missed several practices leading up to the game. It was the first time that Bryant did not start this season. Off the bench, he still scored 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting.
- Junior point guard Brody Angley has 79 assists on the season, giving him 302 career assists and leaving him less than 10 assists away from cracking the Broncos all-time top 10 in that category. He needs 7 assists to pass Chris Lane (1984-88) and move into 10th all time.
- Santa Clara hosts Pepperdine (1/29) before traveling to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (2/3).