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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 5, 2007

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The WCC's fifth Big Monday appearance of the season is a rematch of last season's WCC Tournament final as Gonzaga travels to Loyola Marymount. The Zags edged the Lions in last year's tournament finale, 68-67, to win their third consecutive tournament title.


Monday, February 5
*Portland at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM &
*San Diego at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
*San Francisco at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM #
*Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount - 9:00 PM $

Saturday, February 10
*Loyola Marymount at San Diego - 4:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM %
*Pepperdine at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Portland - 7:00 PM

* Denotes Conference game; $ Televised on ESPN2; & Televised on FSN Prime Ticket; # Televised on ESPNU; % Televised on FSN Northwest & Bay Area


Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-7 / 7-1 WCC)
- Gonzaga opened the second half of conference play with an impressive 82-57 win at Pepperdine.

- Sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt turned in a monster performance versus the Waves, scoring a career-high 27 points and hauling in a career-high 22 rebounds. Heytvelt, who also blocked six shots, another personal best, is the first Gonzaga player to tally more than 20 rebounds since Cory Violette grabbed 20 on Dec. 6, 2001, against Fresno State. His 22 rebounds is the most by a WCC player this season.

- In conference play, senior guard Derek Raivio leads the WCC in scoring (17.4 ppg), Heytvelt paces the league in rebounding (8.9 rpg), and sophomore point guard Jeremy Pargo is tops in assists (6.38 apg).

- The Bulldogs travel to Loyola Marymount (2/5) for a Big Monday showdown.

Loyola Marymount Lions (10-14 / 2-6 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount earned its second conference win of the season with a 74-59 victory over Portland.

- For the first time this season the Lions had four players in double digits, led by junior Jon Ziri, who came off the bench with 17 points to tie a career high in the Lions' win over Portland.

- Senior forward Matthew Knight chipped in 13 points and six rebounds versus the Pilots to move to 12th on the Lions' all-time scoring charts with 1,380 points and ninth all-time in career rebounds with 710.

- Senior guard Adoyah Miller knocked down five threes versus Portland to bring his league-leading (WCC games only) total to 25.

- The Lions host Gonzaga (2/5) in a Big Monday showdown.

Pepperdine Waves (6-18 / 2-6 WCC)
- Pepperdine suffered an 82-57 setback versus Gonzaga on Saturday.

- Pepperdine senior guard Chase Griffin scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Waves versus Gonzaga. Griffin, who averaged 6.4 ppg last season, averages 15.0 ppg and has led the Waves in scoring eight times this season.

- With its nine three-pointers made against Gonzaga, Pepperdine established a new single-season record for most three-pointer made with 238. The previous mark was 237 set during the 1999-2000 season.

- With one more win, the Waves can match last season's overall and WCC win totals.

- The Waves look to snap a two-game losing skid when they host the Portland Pilots (2/5) on Monday.

Portland Pilots (6-18 / 2-6 WCC)
- The Pilots' struggles continued, fallling to Loyola Marymount, 74-59, on Saturday.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper led all scorers with 19 points for the Pilots in their game versus Loyola Marymount. Cooper ranks eighth in the WCC in scoring during conference play with 14.6 ppg.

- Cooper connected on all four of his attempts from the free throw line versus LMU and increased his percentage to 92.2 percent during conference play (47-for-51). His percentage is the second highest clip in the WCC, while his 47 made free throws and 51 attempts is tops in the conference during WCC play.

- The Pilots look to snap their six-game losing skid as they travel to Malibu to take on Pepperdine (2/5).

Saint Mary's Gaels (13-11 / 5-3 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a 63-57 decision to Bay Area rival Santa Clara on Saturday.

- Senior guard John Winston will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his right hand in the Gaels' loss to Pepperdine. X-rays showed a broken bone in Winston's right hand that will require surgery, and it is expected that the injury will require six-to-eight weeks to heal. Winston played in 19 games with 11 starts. He was averaging 4.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg.

- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson blocked five shots versus Santa Clara to bring his WCC-leading total to 58. Simpson now has 103 career blocks, ranking him second on SMC's career charts. Former standout Brad Millard (1995-00) is SMC's all-time leader with 153 career blocks.

- The Gaels host San Diego (2/5) on Monday before traveling to Gonzaga (2/10).

San Diego Toreros (13-10 / 3-5 WCC)
- San Diego dropped to 3-5 in WCC play with a 98-88 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare was USD's leading scorer off the bench versus USF with 18 points in 28 minutes of action. In WCC games only, the Toreros are the only team in the conference to boast three players ranked in the top 10 in scoring in Pomare (2nd-17.0 ppg), senior guard Ross DeRogatis (5th-15.9 ppg), and sophomore guard Brandon Johnson (7th-15.0 ppg).

- Johnson leads the WCC in assists with 4.96 apg. In less than two seasons running the point for the Toreros, Johnson has already handed out 236 career assists and needs just 55 more to crack into USD's career top five.

- USD travels to Saint Mary's (2/5) on Monday.

San Francisco Dons (9-14 / 5-3 WCC)
- The Dons opened the second half of conference play with an impressive 98-88 win at San Diego on Saturday.

- San Francisco welcomed back sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg, who missed the Dons previous three games to concentrate on academics. The transfer from Connecticut led USF with a game-high 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.

- The Dons backcourt trio of Kellogg (21), senior guard Armondo Surratt (16), and sophomore Manny Quezada (14), combined for 51 of the Dons' 98 points versus San Diego. On the season, the trio averages 41.2 ppg.

- The Dons have a big matchup against Bay Area rival Santa Clara (2/5) on Monday before hosting Pepperdine (2/10) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (16-7 / 6-2 WCC)
- The Broncos gained sole possession of second place in the conference standings with a 63-57 win at Bay Area rival Saint Mary's on Saturday.

- Head Coach Dick Davey announced last Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season. Davey, who has spent the past 30 seasons at SCU, the last 15 as head coach and the previous 15 as an assistant under Carroll Williams, has posted a 246-187 overall record and ranks second on the WCC's all-time conference wins list with 118 league victories.

- Junior forward Scott Dougherty continues to impress in the starting role as he scored a team-high 23 points in the Broncos' win over the Gaels. He has started every game of the conference season and is leading the team and ranked eighth in the conference in scoring with 14.6 ppg.

- Santa Clara hosts Bay Area rival San Francisco (2/5) on Monday before traveling to Portland (2/10) this weekend.