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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 11, 2008

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The fifth week of conference play comes to a close tonight with all eight teams in action. Highlighting tonight's slate of games are two games televised on ESPN's family of networks. Santa Clara hosts Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in a "Big Monday" showdown on ESPN2, while San Francisco battles San Diego on ESPNU.


Feb. 11
*Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM #
*Pepperdine at Portland - 7:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Santa Clara - 8:00 PM $
*San Diego at San Francisco - 8:00 PM !

Feb. 16
*Gonzaga at San Francisco - 5:00 PM
*Portland at San Diego - 6:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount - 8:00 PM ^
*Santa Clara at Pepperdine - 8:00 PM %

* Denotes WCC games; # Televised on FSN; $ Televised on ESPN2; ! Televised on ESPNU; ^ Televised on CSTV; % Televised on FSN Prime Ticket; All times PST


Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-6 / 7-1 WCC)
- The Bulldogs stayed atop the conference standings with a convincing 101-59 win over Pepperdine on Saturday. The Zags' 42-point win over the Waves was the biggest for them in the series versus Pepperdine.

- Junior guard Jeremy Pargo tossed in 13 points and dished out 12 assists in leading the Zags past the Waves. Pargo's points/assists double-double was the third of his career and his second this season.

- Pargo is averaging a WCC-best 7.12 apg during conference play.

- Freshman Austin Daye came off the bench to add 17 points and nine rebounds against Pepperdine. Daye leads the WCC in field goal percentage during WCC play (.672).

- The Zags host Loyola Marymount (2/11) before traveling to San Francisco (2/16).

Loyola Marymount Lions (5-19 / 2-6 WCC)
- The Lions dropped a tough 74-63 decision at Portland to fall to 5-19 overall and 2-6 in conference play.

- Sophomore guard Shawn Deadwiler led the Lions with 15 points against Portland. Deadwiler has now led the team in scoring a team-high 11 times. Deadwiler is now leading the Lions in scoring during conference play with 11.4 ppg.

- Deadwiler leads the WCC in free throw accuracy during WCC play at 87.0 percent.

- Freshman Orlando Johnson scored 12 points against Portland to move into sixth place on the Lions' all-time freshman scoring record. Johnson, who has scored 299 points in his first season at LMU, needs just 42 more points to move past Chris Haney (1984-85) for fifth place.

- The Lions travel to Gonzaga (2/11) before hosting Saint Mary's (2/16).

Pepperdine Waves (7-17 / 1-7 WCC)
- The Waves fell to 7-17 overall and 1-7 in conference play with a 101-59 setback at Gonzaga on Monday.

- Freshmen are providing most of the Waves' scoring, with 64.9 percent of the points thus far. The youngsters have scored at least half of the Waves' points in 23 of 24 games.

- Pepperdine is third in the WCC in scoring (77.2 ppg) and the more points for the Waves, the better. In Pepperdine's victories, the average score has been 92.7 to 76.7. In losses, the average is 70.8 to 84.8. The Waves are 4-0 when scoring 90 points or more.

- The Waves lead the WCC in steals (9.88 spg). Junior Rico Tucker is second in the conference in steals (2.1 spg), while freshman Tyrone Shelley is ranked fifth (1.7 spg).

- The Waves travel to Portland (2/11) before hosting Santa Clara (2/16) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (8-16 / 2-6 WCC)
- The Pilots earned their second conference win of the season, defeating Loyola Marymount, 74-63, on Saturday.

- Sophomore guard Nik Raivio led four Pilots in double figures with 17 points versus LMU. Raivio has led the Pilots in scoring the last three games and eight times overall this season.

- Freshman guard Jared Stohl earned his second straight start and responded with a career-high 14 points, on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc, in the Pilots' win over LMU. Stohl has already established himself as one of the top long range shooters in the conference, ranking second in overall treys (46) and fifth in three-point accuracy (.426).

- Sophomore Robin Smeulders ranks fourth in WCC games in rebounding with 8.4 rpg.

- Portland hosts Pepperdine (2/11) before traveling to San Diego (2/16) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (20-3 / 7-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's reached the 20-win mark with a 76-51 victory against Bay Area rival San Francisco on Saturday. Saint Mary's, which improved to 20-3 overall and 7-1 in WCC play, got to the 20-victory mark the fastest since the school's 1988-89 team also did so after just 23 games on the way to 25 victories and an NCAA tournament berth.

- Junior forward Yusef Smith came off the bench to score a career-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds against the Dons.

- Led by junior Diamon Simpson (1.78 bpg) and sophomore Omar Samhan (1.39 bpg), the Gaels lead the WCC with 123 blocks. Saint Mary's 5.35 bpg ranks 22nd in the nation.

- Senior Todd Golden leads the WCC in three-point accuracy at 47.2 percent.

- Saint Mary's travels to Santa Clara (2/11) and Loyola Marymount (2/16) this week.

San Diego Toreros (13-11 / 6-1 WCC)
- The Toreros enter the second half of WCC play just a half game behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary's in the conference standings.

- The Toreros' 6-1 start in conference play matches the 1990-91 team for the program's best start in WCC play.

- Junior guard Brandon Johnson was selected as the WCC Player of the Month for January. Johnson averaged a team-best 17.6 points per game, the second best clip in the WCC during January, while leading the conference in steals with 2.60 spg.

- Johnson (1,075) and Gyno Pomare (1,131) are the only 1,000-point teammates in the WCC and the first for San Diego since the 1991-92 campaign (Kelvin Woods/Wayman Strickland).

- USD travels to USF (2/11) in a contest televised on ESPNU before hosting Portland (2/16).

San Francisco Dons (6-17 / 2-6 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped a 76-51 decision at Bay Area rival Saint Mary's on Saturday.

- With Bobby Knight's resignation at Texas Tech, San Francisco Head Coach Eddie Sutton becomes the winningest active coach in Division I men's basketball.

- Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn registered game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds in the setback versus Saint Mary's. Lowhorn recorded his fourth consecutive 20-plus points night and has tallied at least 20 points in 13 of 23 games this season.

- Lowhorn, who ranks 21st in the nation in scoring, is the first Don to crack the top-25 on the NCAA scoring list since John Cox (1999-05) accomplished the feat as a senior.

- San Francisco hosts San Diego (2/11) and Gonzaga (2/16), with both games on ESPNU.

Santa Clara Broncos (12-10 / 4-3 WCC)
- Santa Clara opens the second half of conference play in fourth place with a 4-3 WCC record.

- Senior guard Brody Angley, who scored 14 points against the Pilots last Monday, became the 26th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point scoring plateau. Angley now has 1,005 career points.

- Junior center John Bryant leads the WCC with 10 double-doubles.

- Santa Clara is the most accurate shooting team in the WCC, leading the conference in free throw shooting (.720), field goal percentage (.488), and three-point percentage (.392). The Broncos also lead the WCC in scoring defense, allowing just 62.0 ppg.

- SCU hosts Bay Area rival Saint Mary's (2/11) before traveling to Pepperdine (2/16).