Feb. 12, 2007
SANTA CLARA AT GONZAGA ON BIG MONDAY
The sixth WCC Big Monday showdown of the season has conference regular season implications as WCC co-leaders Santa Clara and Gonzaga battle it out at the McCarthey Athletic Center. In addition to sole possession of first place in the WCC standings, Gonzaga puts its NCAA-leading 50 game home court winning streak on the line. The Broncos enter the contest riding a four-game winning streak and own the conference's best road record, posting a perfect 4-0 road mark during WCC play.
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 $
Saturday, February 17
UC Irvine at San Francisco - 1:00 PM
Memphis at Gonzaga - 3:00 PM ^%
*San Diego at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
*Loyola Marymount at Pepperdine - 8:00 PM #
* Denotes Conference game; $ Televised on ESPN2; # Televised on ESPNU; ^ Game played at the Spokane Arena; % Televised on ESPN
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-8 / 8-2 WCC)
- The Bulldogs improved to 18-8 overall and 8-2 in WCC play with a 60-49 win over Saint Mary's on Saturday.
- The Zags' backcourt of senior Derek Raivio and freshman Matt Bouldin each scored 12 points as the Bulldogs extended their NCAA-leading home court win streak to 50 games.
- Senior forward Sean Mallon was named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District VIII All-Academic men's basketball first team.
- Raivio, became the 29th member of Gonzaga's 1,000-point club earlier this season, and now has 1,302 career points to rank 17th. He's 26 points shy of tying John Stockton (1,340) for 16th.
- Gonzaga hosts WCC co-leader Santa Clara (2/12) for a matchup on Big Monday.
Loyola Marymount Lions (12-14 / 4-6 WCC)
- The Lions won their third straight and fourth in their last five games with a 71-66 win at San Diego on Saturday.
- Senior Adoyah Miller led all scorers with 19 points while seniors Derick Grubb and John Montgomery added 10 each. Grubb, who entered the game with the loss of senior Matthew Knight with a concussion, added a career-equalling 11 rebounds for his first double-double as a Lion.
- Montgomery has played well for the Lions as of late, reaching double figures in scoring in LMU's last three games. Since being moved to the starting line-up five games ago, Montgomery has responded, averaging 9.8 ppg and 3.0 apg, while shooting 51.6 (16-for-31) percent from the field and 50 percent (6-for-12) from the three-point line.
- LMU looks to continue its winning ways as the Lions travel to USF (2/12) on Monday.
Pepperdine Waves (6-20 / 2-8 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped an 82-70 decision at San Francisco on Saturday.
- Sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas made five three-pointers and scored 15 points to lead Pepperdine versus the Dons. Pranciliauskas has established himself as one of the top long-range shooters in the conference, ranking fifth in three-pointers made (52) and ranking ninth in three-point accuracy (.374).
- Pepperdine enters the weekend sixth in the country in three point field goals made per game with 9.8. Virginia Military Institute leads the nation with 14.1 three-pointers a contest.
- With one more win, the Waves can match last season's overall and WCC win totals.
- The Waves look to snap their four-game losing streak as they travel to San Diego to take on the Toreros (2/12) on Monday.
Portland Pilots (7-19 / 3-7 WCC)
- The Pilots dropped a 76-53 decision to Santa Clara on Saturday. The loss marked the Pilots' seventh in their last eight games and the second consecutive season sweep for Santa Clara over UP.
- Senior guard Darren Cooper scored 15 points and had four assists. Eight of Cooper's points came from the free throw line. The Portland native has been outstanding from the charity stripe during conference play, ranking second in free throw percentage (.908), while pacing the conference in attempts (65) and makes (59).
- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones grabbed six offensive boards in the loss to the Broncos. Jones is one of the most prolific rebounders in the WCC, ranking fourth in overall rebounding (7.3 rpg), while leading the conference in offensive rebounding at 3.12 rpg.
- The Pilots host Saint Mary's (2/12) on Monday.
Saint Mary's Gaels (13-13 / 5-5 WCC)
- Saint Mary's fell to 13-13 overall and 5-5 in WCC play with a 60-49 setback at Gonzaga on Saturday.
- Sophomore forward Ian O'Leary and freshman center Omar Samhan came off of the bench to lead the Gaels versus Gonzaga. O'Leary led the team with 11 points, while Samhan posted 10 points and eight boards off of the bench.
- Samhan paces all WCC freshmen in scoring and rebounding with 9.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
- SMC was just 2-for-14 from three-point range on Saturday, its second-worst shooting night this season from beyond the arc.
- Saint Mary's looks to snap its three-game losing skid as the Gaels travel to Portland (2/12) on Monday.
San Diego Toreros (14-11 / 4-6 WCC)
- San Diego dropped to 4-6 in WCC play as the Toreros fell to Loyola Marymount, 71-66, on Saturday.
- Senior center Nir Cohen paced the Toreros in the loss to LMU, matching career-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
- San Diego is still searching for its first WCC home win after losses to Santa Clara, Saint Mary's, San Francisco and Loyola Marymount.
- Sophomore Gyno Pomare has scored in double digits in 16 straight games and is tied for second in the WCC with six double-doubles.
- San Diego, which is tied for fifth place with LMU, looks to move up the conference standings as the Toreros host Pepperdine (2/12) on Monday.
San Francisco Dons (10-15 / 6-4 WCC)
- The Dons gained sole possession of third place in the WCC standings with an 82-70 win over Pepperdine on Saturday.
- Both sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg and senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. contributed 23 points in the win on Saturday. Wiggins, Jr. passed Mike Quick (1019) on the Dons' all-time scoring chart and now has 1,023 career points. He needs just 23 more points to tie Tim Owens (1,046) for 25th place.
- USF will likely be without the services of senior guard Armondo Surratt for tonight's game against LMU. Surratt, who injured his knee a week ago against Santa Clara and missed Saturday's game, is the Dons' third-leading scorer and averages a team-leading 34.1 minutes per game.
- The Dons host a streaking LMU team (2/12) on Monday.
Santa Clara Broncos (18-7 / 8-2 WCC)
- The Broncos downed Portland, 76-53, on Saturday to remain in a first place tie with Gonzaga.
- Sophomore center John Bryant had 15 points and senior guard Danny Pariseau added 14 points in the Broncos' win over the Pilots.
- Santa Clara is now 4-0 in road conference games after beating Portland and has won four-in-a-row. The Broncos last started 4-0 on the road in WCC in the 1984-85 season. They started that year 5-0 and finished 5-1 in road conference games.
- The Broncos are off to their best start (18-7) since the 1995-96 season when the team posted an 18-7 record through 25 games.
- Santa Clara takes on Gonzaga (2/12) on Big Monday with first place on the line.