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WCC Men's Basketball Mid-Week Report

Feb. 14, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Danny Pariseau, Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University senior guard Danny Pariseau led the Broncos to road wins at Portland and Gonzaga. The two wins catapulted the Broncos into first place in the conference standings, while the win at Gonzaga snapped the Bulldogs' NCAA-leading 50 game home court winning streak. Pariseau averaged 14.0 ppg, while handing out 5.5 apg. The 5-10 guard connected on 66.7 percent of his shots from the field (10-for-15), including 57.1 percent from beyond the arc, while committing just three turnovers in 59 minutes of action.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

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 #

Monday, February 19
*Portland at Gonzaga - 6:00 PM &
*San Francisco at Saint Mary's - 9:00 PM $

* Denotes Conference game; $ Televised on ESPN2; # Televised on ESPNU; ^ Game played at the Spokane Arena; % Televised on ESPN; & Televised on FSN Northwest

AROUND THE WCC

WCC Owns No. 1 Non-Conference Strength Of Schedule
According to the Collegiate Basketball News RPI report, the WCC has played the toughest non-conference schedule in the country. Gonzaga, well known for playing a demanding non-conference schedule, headlines six WCC schools ranked in the top 75 in the country in schedule strength. The Zags (11), are followed by Loyola Marymount (15), San Francisco (37), Saint Mary's (47), Santa Clara (64), and Portland (72), making the WCC the only conference in the country with over half of its league members in the top 75.

Gonzaga Tops Nation In Ranked Non-Conference Opponents
No team in the country has played nearly as many non-conference opponents who have been ranked in the national top 25. When the Zags play No. 8 Memphis this Saturday, it will mark their 10th non-conference opponent that has spent time in the national rankings, the most of any team in the nation. Gonzaga already owns some of the most impressive wins of any team in the country, knocking off then-No. 2 North Carolina, then-No. 8 Washington, then-No. 23 Stanford, and then-No. 25 Texas.

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-9 / 8-3 WCC)
- The Bulldogs fell to Santa Clara, 84-73, on Monday, snapping their NCAA-leading 50 game home winning streak.

- The loss to Santa Clara was the first loss for Gonzaga in 39 outings in the 3-year-old McCarthey Athletic Center.

- 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.

- Senior guard Derek Raivio, who became the 29th member of Gonzaga's 1,000-point club earlier this season, now has 1,323 career points to rank 17th. He's 17 points shy of tying John Stockton (1,340) for 16th.

- Gonzaga takes on Memphis (2/17) at the Spokane Arena before hosting Portland (2/19).

Loyola Marymount Lions (12-15 / 4-7 WCC)
- The Lions had their three-game winning streak snapped at San Francisco, falling to the Dons, 76-69.

- LMU was without senior forward Matthew Knight, the WCC's leading rebounder and second leading scorer. Knight suffered a concussion against San Diego on Saturday night.

- Despite Knight's absence, LMU grabbed 17 offensive boards to USF's seven. Junior Jon Ziri finished with eight boards, four offensive, while junior guard Damian Martin had seven boards, three offensive.

- Sophomore forward Marko Deric led LMU versus the Dons with a career-high 16 points.

- Loyola Marymount looks to avenge an earlier 57-55 setback versus rival Pepperdine (2/19) as the Lions travel to Malibu this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (6-21 / 2-9 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped its fifth straight decision, falling 97-85 at San Diego on Monday.

- Senior guard Marvin Lea registered team-highs in points (21), rebounds (6), and assists (4) in the Waves' setback versus San Diego. Lea, who averaged just 2.2 ppg and 0.9 rpg last season, is ranked fifth in the WCC in scoring with 15.4 ppg, while leading the Waves in rebounding with 4.9 rpg.

- Pepperdine entered the week 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 for a season sweep of rival Loyola Marymount (2/17) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (8-19 / 4-7 WCC)
- The Pilots closed out their home slate with a 55-47 win over Saint Mary's on Monday.

- Portland had its best defensive effort of the season, limiting Saint Mary's to 47 points, the lowest point-total allowed by the Pilots this year.

- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones grabbed five offensive boards in the win over the Gaels. Jones is the most prolific offensive rebounder in the WCC, leading the conference in offensive rebounding at 3.19 rpg.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper connected on 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the win over Saint Mary's to up his free throw percentage to 91.8 percent in WCC play.

- The Pilots travel to Spokane to take on Gonzaga (2/19) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (13-14 / 5-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's fell to 13-14 overall and 5-6 in WCC play following a 60-49 setback at Gonzaga and a 55-47 loss at Portland.

- Senior Brett Collins paced the Gaels with a game-high 16 points as he connected on 5-of-8 shots from the floor and hit on 3-of-6 three pointers versus Portland. The rest of the team shot just 10-for-45 (.222) against the Pilots for a season-low 28.3 percent for the game.

- Freshman Omar Samhan scored nine points and grabbed eight boards versus UP. Samhan paces all WCC freshmen in scoring and rebounding with 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

- Sophomore Diamon Simpson blocked three shots versus Portland to bring his season total to 64, the second highest single season total in program history.

- Saint Mary's hosts Bay Area rival San Francisco (2/19) in a Big Monday showdown.

San Diego Toreros (15-11 / 5-6 WCC)
- San Diego moved into a tie for fourth place in the conference standings with Saint Mary's by defeating Pepperdine, 97-85, on Monday.

- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis knocked down 5-of-8 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 25 points in the Toreros' win over Pepperdine. DeRogatis, already the program's career three-pointers made leader with 203 treys, became the first player in program history to make 200 threes.

- San Diego's frontcourt tandem of senior Nir Cohen and sophomore Gyno Pomare registered double-doubles in the Toreros' win over the Waves. Cohen registered career-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Pomare tallied his WCC-leading seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 boards.

- San Diego travels to WCC leader Santa Clara (2/17) this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (11-15 / 7-4 WCC)
- The Dons gained sole possession of third place in the WCC standings with an 82-70 win over Pepperdine on Saturday and a 76-69 win over LMU on Monday.

- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. contributed 14 points in the win over LMU. Wiggins, Jr., who now has 1,037 career points, needs just nine more points to tie Tim Owens (1,046) for 25th place on the Dons' all-time scoring list and just 14 more points to tie John Burks (1,051) for 24th place.

- USF received career performances from senior forward Johnny Dukes and freshman forward Jay Watkins in the win over LMU. Dukes tossed in a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Watkins chipped in a career-high 17 points.

- The Dons host UC Irvine (2/17) before traveling to Saint Mary's (2/19).

Santa Clara Broncos (19-7 / 9-2 WCC)
- The Broncos gained sole possession of first place in the conference standings with an 84-73 win at Gonzaga on Monday.

- The win over Gonzaga snapped a string of 13 straight losses to the Zags and snapped GU's NCAA leading 50 game home court winning streak.

- Santa Clara is now 5-0 in road conference games after beating Portland and Gonzaga and has won a WCC best five-in-a-row. The Broncos last started 5-0 on the road in the WCC in the 1984-85 season.

- Senior Scott Dougherty was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, for a game-high 23 points. He is averaging a team-best 14.2 ppg during WCC play.

- SCU hosts San Diego (2/17) in Head Coach Dick Davey's final home game this weekend.