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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 3, 2009

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WCC men's basketball teams begin the second half of conference play this week with crucial rivalry matchups. No. 18 Gonzaga travels to Portland on Thursday in a showdown between the top two teams in the conference standings. The Zags are unbeaten in league play with a 7-0 record, while the Pilots are off to the best start in program history at 6-1. Saint Mary's is currently in third place with a 5-2 WCC record, while San Diego is fourth with a 4-3 mark. Santa Clara begins the second half of conference play in fifth place with a 3-4 conference record, while Pepperdine is sixth at 2-5, San Francisco (1-6) is seventh, and Loyola Marymount (0-8) is eighth.

Upcoming Schedule

All Times PST

Santa Clara at San Diego San Diego, CA 6:30 PM
Gonzaga at Portland Portland, OR 8:00 PM
San Francisco at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA 8:30 PM
Gonzaga vs. Memphis Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena)
6:00 PM
San Francisco at San Diego San Diego, CA
6:00 PM
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
8:00 PM


Santa Clara's John Bryant became the 14th player in WCC history to reach 1,000 career rebounds.

Santa Clara's John Bryant Tops 1,000 Career Rebounds
Santa Clara senior John Bryant turned in another monster weekend on the boards, pulling down a combined 39 rebounds in the Broncos' wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. The 39 rebounds moved Bryant over the 1,000 career rebound plateau, making him the 14th player in WCC history to accomplish the feat, and the first player in the Bay Area to reach the milestone since Tim Young of Stanford in 1999. Bryant now leads the nation in total rebounds (323), while ranking second in rebounding average (13.5 rpg).

WCC Player of the Week: Portland's Nik Raivio Earns Weekly Honor
Portland junior Nik Raivio averaged team highs of 22.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg to help the Pilots defeat San Diego and 18th-ranked Saint Mary's. During Saturday's 84-66 romp of the Gaels, Raivio hit 11 of 19 from the field en route to a game-high 27 points. The native of Vancouver, Wash., also grabbed five rebounds against SMC to help UP pick up its first win over a ranked opponent since 1981. On Thursday, Raivio just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds as the Pilots cruised to a 69-55 win over the Toreros.

Saint Mary's To Host Utah State; San Diego To Face Pacific In ESPNU Bracketbusters Event
The 2009 ESPNU BracketBusters match-ups were announced today and Saint Mary's found out that it will host the No. 22/25 Utah State Aggies, while San Diego will host Pacific on Saturday, February 21. The game between SMC and Utah State is one of the top match-ups in this year's ESPNU BracketBusters schedule. Utah State, which is ranked 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll, has a 21-1 overall record and is 9-0 in the WAC standings. San Diego, with an overall record of 12-10 and 4-3 in the WCC, will play five more league contests before hosting Pacific. The UOP Tigers currently own a record of 12-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big West Conference and will also play five more league games before heading to San Diego.



Overall Record: 16-4
WCC Record: 7-0
  • Gonzaga remained unbeaten in conference play with a thrilling 69-62 win over No. 18 Saint Mary's on Thursday before defeating San Diego, 64-47.

  • Gonzaga, which has now won eight straight, has ended two of the most impressive streaks this season, ending the Gaels' nation-leading 15-game winning streak last Thursday and earlier this season snapping then-No. 15 Tennessee's 37-game home court winning streak, which was the second longest in the nation.

  • Sophomore Austin Daye paced the Zags with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds in their win over San Diego.

  • Gonzaga travels to Portland (2/5) before taking on No. 14 Memphis (2/7) at the Spokane Arena as ESPN's College Gameday comes to Spokane.
  • Overall Record: 1-22
    WCC Record: 0-7
  • LMU dropped an 82-56 decision at Santa Clara on Thursday evening before falling at San Francisco, 73-53.

  • Freshman Kevin Young turned in another solid all-around performance for the Lions in their game against USF, scoring a team-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and five blocks. With 13 rebounds last week, Young now has 161 boards for the season, setting a new LMU freshman record for rebounds in a single season.

  • The Lions have faced a tremendous amount of adversity this season, with four key players suffering injuries and are down to eight scholarship players.

  • According to statsheet.com, LMU has the 24th youngest roster in the country.

  • LMU hosts rival Pepperdine (2/7) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 5-18
    WCC Record: 2-5
  • The Waves picked up their second conference win of the season, earning a 69-67 win at San Francisco on Thursday before falling at Santa Clara, 64-52.

  • Freshman guard Keion Bell was phenomenal against USF, knocking down 13-of-14 shots, including all four shots from beyond the arc, for a career-high 32 points in the Waves' win over the Dons. Bell finished two points shy of Pepperdine's freshman record (34 by Tyrone Shelley last year) and one field goal made short of tying the school record for single-game field goal percentage (14-for-14 by Dana Jones in 1991).

  • Of the 12 players that saw action for the Waves against Santa Clara, nine were freshmen or sophomores and seven weren't on the roster last year. According to statsheet.com, the Waves have the eighth youngest team in the nation.

  • The Waves open the second half of conference play at rival Loyola Marymount (2/7).
  • Overall Record: 15-7
    WCC Record: 6-1
  • The Pilots improved to 15-7 overall and 6-1 in WCC play with a 69-55 win over San Diego on Thursday evening and an 84-66 win over No. 18 Saint Mary's.

  • The Pilots, who own a six-game winning streak and are off to the best WCC start in program history, beat a ranked opponent for the first time in 28 years.

  • The 15 wins matched the program's best since finishing 19-11 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1996.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio erupted for 27 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead four Pilots in double figures in their win over Saint Mary's

  • Portland hosts No. 18 Gonzaga (2/5) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 18-3
    WCC Record: 5-2
  • Saint Mary's had its 15-game winning streak snapped, falling at No. 20 Gonzaga, 69-62, before suffering an 84-66 setback at Portland.

  • The Gaels lost leading scorer Patrick Mills to a right hand injury late in the first half of their game versus Gonzaga. Mills, who scored a game-high 18 points in just 17 minutes of action in the first half, suffered two fractured metacarpal bones in his right hand and is expected to miss the next four weeks. Mills tied the school record for most three-point field goals in a game with six.

  • Senior Diamon Simpson grabbed 22 rebounds over the weekend to bring his career total to 982. Simpson, already the Gaels' all-time leading rebounder, needs just 18 more rebounds to become just the 15th player in WCC history to reach the rebounding milestone.

  • The Gaels host San Francisco (2/5) before traveling to Santa Clara (2/7).
  • Overall Record: 12-10
    WCC Record: 4-3
  • The Toreros dropped a 69-55 decision at Portland on Thursday evening before falling 64-47 at No. 20 Gonzaga.

  • Sophomore Rob Jones tallied his second double-double of the season and the fourth of his career with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Toreros' setback at Portland.

  • Sophomore guard Matt Dorr played well in his hometown of Spokane on Saturday with eight points, five rebounds, and three assists against Gonzaga. Dorr is the lone Torero to start all 22 games this season.

  • It was announced on Monday that the Toreros will host the University of the Pacific Tigers in this year's seventh annual ESPNU BracketBusters game on Saturday, February 21st.

  • San Diego hosts Bay Area foes Santa Clara (2/5) and San Francisco (2/7) this week.
  • Overall Record: 9-13
    WCC Record: 1-6
  • San Francisco fell to Pepperdine, 69-67, before picking up its first WCC win of the season with a 73-53 victory over LMU on Saturday.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn notched double-doubles in both games, leading the Dons with a season-high 28 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds against Pepperdine before tossing in 23 points and hauling down a season-high 14 boards versus LMU. Lowhorn leads the WCC and ranks 24th in the nation in scoring with 20.3 ppg.

  • Lowhorn matched Bill Russell as the fastest USF player to score 1,000 career points, in the Dons' game versus Portland on January 15. Lowhorn reached the 1,000 point milestone in his 49th career game in the Green and Gold. Russell tallied his 1,000th career point in the 1955 NCAA Tournament Semifinals against Colorado.

  • The Dons travel to Saint Mary's (2/5) and San Diego (2/7) this week.
  • Overall Record: 11-13
    WCC Record: 3-4
  • The Broncos pushed their winning streak to four games, defeating Loyola Marymount, 82-56, and Pepperdine, 64-52.

  • Senior center John Bryant tied his career-high with 22 rebounds to go along with 12 points in the Broncos' win over the Lions. It marked Bryant's fifth 20+ rebound game of the season, the most in the country. Bryant grabbed 17 rebounds to top the 1,000 rebound plateau. He is the 14th player in WCC history and the first in the Bay Area since Tim Young of Stanford (1999) to pull down 1,000 or more rebounds. Bryant now leads the nation in total rebounds (323), while ranking second in rebounding average (13.5 rpg).

  • Freshmen guard Kevin Foster was 8-of-17 from beyond the arc over the weekend, giving him 59 three-pointers for the season, a Santa Clara freshmen single-season record.

  • The Broncos travel to San Diego (2/5) before hosting Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (2/7).