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WCC Men's Basketball Mid-Week Report

Feb. 8, 2007

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WCC CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Adoyah Miller, LMU & Sean Denison, SCU
Loyola Marymount University senior guard Adoyah Miller and Santa Clara University senior center Sean Denison share this week's WCC Player of the Week honor after guiding their respective teams to 2-0 records during a pivotal fifth week of conference play. Miller averaged 19.0 ppg to go along with 2.5 apg and connected on 50.0 percent of his attempts from the field in the Lions' wins over Portland and Gonzaga. Denison was equally as impressive, tossing in 15.0 ppg to go along with 9.5 rpg, while shooting an amazing 70.6 percent from the floor. The weekly honor is the second of Miller's career, having earned the award earlier this season, and the first career WCC Player of the Week distinction for Denison.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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

Monday, February 12
*Pepperdine at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Portland - 7:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at San Francisco - 8:00 PM #
*Santa Clara at Gonzaga - 9:00 PM $

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

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (17-8 / 7-2 WCC)
- Gonzaga opened the second half of conference play with a road split, defeating Pepperdine, 82-57, before falling at LMU, 67-61.

- Sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt played extremely well for the Bulldogs last week, averaging 19.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg, and 4.0 bpg. Heytvelt, who blocked a personal best six shots against the Waves, 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.

- Sophomore forward Micah Downs is beginning to displaying the shooting prowess that made him a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school, shooting a WCC-best 60.0 percent from beyond the arc during conference play.

- The Zags return to Spokane to host Saint Mary's (2/10) and Santa Clara (2/12) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (11-14 / 3-6 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount earned a weekend sweep with a 74-59 victory over Portland and a stunning 67-61 win over Gonzaga on Monday.

- LMU snapped an eight-game skid to the Zags, last winning nearly four years to the day at Gersten Pavilion, 80-74, on Feb. 8, 2003.

- The Lions' defense held Gonzaga to 61 points, its second lowest point total of the season. Only Duke has held the Zags to a lower point total, defeating the Bulldogs, 61-54.

- Senior guard Adoyah Miller scored 17 points versus Portland before tossing in a game-high 21 points en route to WCC Co-Player of the Week honors.

- The Lions, who have won three of their last four games, look to continue their winning ways as they travel to San Diego (2/10) and San Francisco (2/12) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (6-19 / 2-7 WCC)
- Pepperdine suffered a pair of setbacks last week, falling to Gonzaga, 82-57, on Saturday before dropping an 87-76 decision to Portland on Monday.

- Junior center Jarrad Henry blocked 11 shots versus Portland to break both the Pepperdine and the WCC single-game record of 10 previously shared by Santa Clara's Kurt Rambis and former Wave Cedric Suitt. Henry leads the WCC in blocks with 64.

- With its 17 three-pointers made over the weekend, Pepperdine established a new single-season record for most three-pointers made with 246. 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 travel to San Francisco (2/10) and San Diego (2/12) this week.

Portland Pilots (7-18 / 3-6 WCC)
- The Pilots earned a road trip, falling to Loyola Marymount, 74-59, before downing the Waves, 87-76. The Pilots' 87 points versus Pepperdine was a season-high point total for Portland, which won for the first time away from home this season.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper scored a game-high 19 points versus Loyola Marymount before registering his first double-double of the season in the win over the Waves with 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Cooper ranks ninth in the WCC in scoring during conference play with 14.8 ppg.

- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones tallied his fifth double-double of the season in the win over the Waves with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

- The Pilots return to the Bluff to host Santa Clara (2/10) and Saint Mary's (2/12) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (13-12 / 5-4 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a pair of games last week, falling 63-57 to Santa Clara before suffering a 76-72 setback versus San Diego.

- Led by sophomore forward Diamon Simpson, Saint Mary's is averaging 5.4 bpg, which is 22nd in the country, while the Gaels' 136 total blocks ranks 12th overall in the country. Simpson, who has 106 career blocks, ranks second on SMC's career charts, trailing former standout Brad Millard (1995-00), who is SMC's all-time leader with 153 career blocks.

- Sixth-year head coach Randy Bennett is two wins shy of reaching 100 wins at Saint Mary's and in his coaching career. Bennett, who is currently 98-80 at SMC, is looking to become just the second coach at Saint Mary's to reach 100 coaching victories in men's basketball.

- Saint Mary's looks to snap its two-game losing skid as the Gaels travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on Gonzaga (2/10) and Portland (2/12) this week.

San Diego Toreros (14-10 / 4-5 WCC)
- San Diego earned a road split on their recent Bay Area trip, falling to USF, 98-88, before bouncing back to take a 76-72 decision at Saint Mary's.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare continues to impress during WCC play, dropping in 18 points versus USF and chipping in 16 against Saint Mary's. Despite starting less than half of the Toreros league games (4-of-9), Pomare is the leading scorer in the WCC during conference games with 16.9 ppg, while ranking fifth in rebounding with 7.3 rpg.

- Sophomore guard Brandon Johnson leads the WCC in assists with 4.83 apg. In less than two seasons running the point for the Toreros, Johnson has already handed out 238 career assists and needs just 53 more to crack into USD's career top five.

- San Diego will be looking for its first conference home win of the season when the Toreros host Loyola Marymount (2/10) and Pepperdine (2/12) this week.

San Francisco Dons (9-15 / 5-4 WCC)
- The Dons opened the second half of conference play with a split, defeating San Diego, 98-88, but falling to Santa Clara, 74-62.

- 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 versus San Diego on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Kellogg leads the Dons and ranks sixth in the WCC in scoring with 15.2 ppg.

- The Dons were paced by 20 points by Alan Wiggins, Jr. in their loss to SCU. Wiggins' 20th point was his 1,000th in his USF career, making him the 28th player in USF history to reach the scoring milestone. Wiggins, Jr. needs just 19 more points to tie Mike Quick for 27th place.

- The Dons host Pepperdine (2/10) and Loyola Marymount (2/12) this weekend.

Santa Clara Broncos (17-7 / 7-2 WCC)
- The Broncos moved into a tie for first place with Gonzaga in the WCC standings with a 63-57 win at Saint Mary's and a 74-62 win over USF.

- Senior center Sean Denison had 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Broncos' win over San Francisco. For his efforts last week, Denison earned his first-ever WCC Player of the Week honor, sharing the award with LMU's Adoyah Miller.

- The Broncos are off to their best start (17-7) since the 1997-98 season and their 7-2 WCC start is the best conference-opening stint since opening WCC play 8-1 in 1994-95.

- Junior point guard Brody Angley has 90 assists on the season, giving him 313 career assists. He is now in ninth all-time at SCU after passing Chris Lane and Mitch Burley.

- SCU travels to Portland (2/10) before a showdown with Gonzaga (2/12) on Big Monday.