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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 18, 2008

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GONZAGA TRAVELS TO SAN DIEGO IN BIG MONDAY SHOWDOWN

With the WCC Tournament just weeks away, every game is becoming increasingly more important. WCC co-leader Gonzaga travels to third place San Diego on Monday evening for a "Big Monday" showdown on ESPN2. The Zags enter the game with a 9-1 conference record and are sitting in a first place tie with Saint Mary's. The Toreros are just a half game behind the leaders at 8-1 in WCC play, and handed the Gaels their first conference loss of the season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Feb. 18
*Portland at San Francisco - 7:00 PM !
*Saint Mary's at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM # %
*Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
*Gonzaga at San Diego - 8:00 PM &

Feb. 23
*Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount - 1:00 PM ^
*San Diego at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Kent State at Saint Mary's - 9:00 PM $ &

* Denotes WCC games; ! Televised on CSN; % Televised on FSN Prime Ticket; # Televised on FSN Bay Area; ^ Televised on CSTV; $ Bracketbusters; & Televised on ESPN2; All times PST

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-6 / 9-1 WCC)
- The Bulldogs defeated San Francisco, 83-63, to improve to 20-6 overall and 9-1 in WCC play. Gonzaga has now won at least 20 games in 11 consecutive seasons.

- Gonzaga is averaging a WCC-best 85.3 ppg during conference play, and is defeating conference opponents by a league-high 21.0 ppg margin.

- Junior Jeremy Pargo handed out a game-high seven assists versus the Dons to go along with 11 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Pargo is pacing the WCC and ranked 12th in the nation in assists with 6.38 apg.

- Freshman Austin Daye leads the WCC in FG percentage (.641) during league games.

- The Zags travel to San Diego (2/18) for a "Big Monday" showdown on ESPN2 this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (5-21 / 2-8 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount fell to No. 21 Saint Mary's, 80-49, on Saturday to move to 5-21 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

- Freshman Orlando Johnson led the Lions with 14 points and six rebounds, giving him 318 points and 129 rebounds in his rookie season. The numbers rank sixth and fourth, respectively on the Lions' all-time freshman charts.

- The Lions have been getting balance from their young roster as no player averages more than 30 minutes, nine different players have scored 10 or more points in a game this season, six different players have led the team in scoring in a game, and 10 different players have started.

- Shawn Deadwiler leads the WCC in FT percentage (.857) during league games.

- The Lions host Santa Clara (2/18) and Pepperdine (2/23) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (9-17 / 3-7 WCC)
- The Waves defeated Santa Clara, 64-58, to improve to 9-17 overall and 3-7 in WCC play. Pepperdine surpassed its win total from the 2006-07 season.

- Junior guard Rico Tucker scored a team-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Tucker has tallied a WCC-high 56 steals on the season.

- Led by Tucker (2nd-2.15 spg), and freshmen Tyrone Shelley (6th-1.58 spg) and Mychel Thompson (9th-1.42 spg), who all rank in the top 10 in the WCC in steals, the Waves pace the conference and rank 8th in the nation in steals with 10.00 spg.

- Freshman Malcolm Thomas ranks second in the WCC in blocks with 1.85 bpg.

- The Waves hosts Saint Mary's (2/18) before traveling to rival Loyola Marymount (2/23) this weekend.

Portland Pilots (8-18 / 2-8 WCC)
- The Pilots dropped a 78-61 decision to San Diego on Saturday to fall to 8-18 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

- Freshman forward Luke Sikma had a stellar game, scoring a career-high 17 points on 8-for-10 from the field, while adding six rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Sikma ranks second among WCC freshmen and sixth overall in rebounding with 7.2 rpg, while ranking third among rookies and seventh overall in blocks with 0.96 bpg.

- Freshman Jared Stohl drained four threes and matched his career-high with 14 points. In his first season on the Bluff, Stohl has already established himself as one of the top three-point shooters in the conference, tying for the WCC lead in three-point field goals made during league play with 23.

- Portland travels to San Francisco (2/18) this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (22-3 / 9-1 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned an 80-49 win over Loyola Marymount to improve to 22-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play. The 9-1 record to start conference play is the Gaels' best WCC start since opening the 1958-59 conference season with an 11-0 record.

- Freshman guard Patrick Mills scored a game-high 22 points and handed out four assists in the Gaels' win over the Lions. Mills has paced the Gaels in scoring 11 times this season.

- The Gaels held LMU to just 3-for-12 (.250) from beyond the arc. On the season, Saint Mary's is holding opponents to a WCC-low 29.8 percent from the three-point line.

- Sophomore Omar Samhan is the most prolific offensive rebounder in the WCC (3.52).

- Saint Mary's travels to Loyola Marymount (2/16) and Pepperdine (2/18) this week.

San Diego Toreros (15-11 / 8-1 WCC)
- The Toreros stayed just a half game back of WCC leaders Gonzaga and Saint Mary's with a 78-61 win over Portland on Saturday. San Diego, which won its seventh consecutive game, has now matched its best conference start since the 1986-87 team began 1-1, then won its final 12.

- Junior guard Brandon Johnson registered game-highs in points (16), assists (7), and steals (4) in the Toreros' win over Portland. Johnson leads the WCC in steals (2.20 spg), three-point field goals made per game (2.24), while ranking fifth in assists (3.36 apg), and third in scoring (16.9 ppg).

- Junior Gyno Pomare blocked three shots versus Portland to give him 35 on the season and 109 in his career.

- San Diego hosts Gonzaga (2/18) before traveling to Santa Clara this weekend.

San Francisco Dons (6-19 / 2-8 WCC)
- San Francisco dropped an 83-63 decision to Gonzaga on Saturday to fall to 6-19 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

- Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. Lowhorn, who has scored at least 20 points in 14 games this season, leads the WCC in scoring with 20.8 ppg, while ranking fifth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and eighth in field goal percentage (.501).

- Senior Vince Polakovic scored a career-high 18 points and had six rebounds for the Dons. Polakovic sat out the first 24 games of the season as the NCAA determined he had played on a professional team in Germany where other players were paid, but Polakovic was not paid for his services. It marked his first game since February 24, 2007 (Gonzaga).

- San Francisco hosts Portland (2/18) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (12-12 / 4-5 WCC)
- Santa Clara dropped a 64-58 decision at Pepperdine to fall to 12-12 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

- The loss to the Waves overshadowed an impressive performance by junior John Bryant, who notched his WCC-leading 12th double-double on the season. Bryant went 11-for-11 from the field, 3-for-4 from the free throw line, and blocked a game-high five shots. Bryant is turning in an MVP caliber season, ranking second in the conference in scoring (18.0 ppg), while pacing the WCC in rebounding (9.6 rpg), field goal percentage (.603), and blocked shots (2.29 bpg). He is the only player in the WCC to lead the conference in three different statistical categories.

- Senior Brody Angley (473 career assists) handed out a game-high 11 assists against the Waves to move past Kyle Bailey (2001-05) for fourth all-time on SCU's career assist list.

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