Feb. 5, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Saint Mary's senior guard Todd Golden and San Diego freshman forward Rob Jones were selected as WCC Co-Players of the Week for leading their respective teams to 2-0 records and a tie for first place in the conference standings to close out the first half of WCC play. The weekly conference honor is the first of the season for Golden and Jones.
Golden led the Gaels to wins over Portland and Gonzaga. The Phoenix, AZ native averaged 12.5 points per game, 3.5 assists per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, while shooting a blistering 80 percent from the field in the two wins. He also committed just one turnover in 53 minutes of action last week. Golden's week was highlighted with a career-high 19 points in the Gaels' 89-85 overtime victory versus Gonzaga. Golden connected on 6-for-6 from the field with all six shots coming from behind the three-point line.
Jones, one of the top freshmen in the WCC, turned in an impressive week, scoring 21.5 points per game and grabbing 10.0 rebounds per game in the Toreros' wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine. In addition, the San Francisco native shot 55.3 percent from the field. Jones started the week with his first career double-double, tossing in a career-high 27 points to go along with a career-best 13 boards in USD's 72-48 win over LMU. He followed that up with a 16-point, seven-rebound effort in the Toreros' win at Pepperdine.
The performances by Golden and Jones created a three-way tie atop the conference standings as Gonzaga, Saint Mary's, and San Diego all own a 6-1 league record. The three teams have only dropped games to each other, as Gonzaga lost to Saint Mary's, Saint Mary's lost to San Diego, and San Diego lost to Gonzaga.