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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 19, 2007

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Monday marks the WCC's seventh and final Big Monday appearance of the season as San Francisco travels to Bay Area rival Saint Mary's in a crucial matchup. Both teams will be looking to solidify their top four status as the Dons currently sit in third place with a 7-4 league record, while the Gaels are fourth with a 5-6 WCC mark. In the WCC Tournament, which starts in two weeks, the third and fourth seeds receive first round byes, while the top two seeds have byes until the semifinals.


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

Saturday, February 24
*Gonzaga at San Francisco - 12:30 PM
*Portland at San Diego - 4:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
*Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount - 7:30 PM

* Denotes Conference game; & Televised on FSN Northwest; $ Televised on ESPN2; # Televised on ABC (Regional); % Televised on CSTV


Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-10 / 8-3 WCC)
- The Bulldogs dropped a 78-77 overtime decision to No. 8 Memphis on Saturday. With the loss to the Tigers, the Bulldogs have lost back-to-back games in Spokane for the first time since 1995.

- Senior guard Derek Raivio, who earlier this season tied a WCC record with 44 straight free throws, has already broken that record, going 4-for-4 against Memphis on Saturday to extend his current streak to 46.

- Raivio, who became the 29th member of Gonzaga's 1,000-point club earlier this season, now has 1,356 career points to rank 14th on GU's career scoring list. He moved past John Stockton (1,340), Cory Violette (1,342) and Bill Suter (1,354) with his 21 points against Memphis.

- Gonzaga hosts Portland (2/19) on Monday, before traveling to San Francisco (2/24) in a matchup that will be televised live on ABC regional at 12:30 PM (PST).

Loyola Marymount Lions (12-16 / 4-8 WCC)
- The Lions dropped a 95-88 decision to rival Pepperdine on Saturday.

- Senior forward Matthew Knight scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half versus Pepperdine to move his career total to 1,427, passing Rick Adelman (1965-68) for 11th in LMU history. Knight finished shooting 12-for-16 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line.

- Senior guard John Montgomery scored a career-high 20 points in the setback versus the Waves, going 6-for-10 from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

- Derick Grubb returned to his alma mater and scored 10 points with nine rebounds.

- Loyola Marymount closes out the regular season at home as the Lions host Santa Clara (2/24) and Saint Mary's (2/26).

Pepperdine Waves (7-21 / 3-9 WCC)
- Pepperdine snapped a five-game losing streak and swept the season series from the Lions for the first time since the 2003-04 season with a 95-88 win on Saturday.

- Senior guard Chase Griffin scored a career-high 32 points versus the Lions, connecting on 9-of-13 from the field and 12-of-13 from the free throw line. Griffin leads the Waves and ranks fourth in the WCC in scoring with 15.3 ppg.

- The Waves' pressing defense caused 23 LMU turnovers which led to 35 points. Under first-year Head Coach Vance Walberg, Pepperdine's press defense is forcing a WCC best 20 turnovers per game.

- Pepperdine was 10-of-20 from behind the three-point arc versus LMU.

- The Waves wrap up the regular season by hosting SMC (2/24) and Santa Clara (2/26).

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

- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones is the most prolific offensive rebounder in the WCC, leading the conference in offensive rebounding at 3.19 rpg.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper leads the Pilots with a 13.1 scoring average and has reached double-figures in 13 of the last 16 games. He is also just 23 points shy of his 1,000th career point with Portland.

- Freshman point guard Taishi Ito missed seven games this season while traveling back to his native Japan to be with his ill father, but has come on strong during WCC play. He is averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 assists, with a 1.4 assist/turnover ratio in WCC games.

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

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.

- Sophomore Diamon Simpson blocked three shots versus Portland to bring his season total to 64, the second highest single season total in program history. Led by Simpson, who is ranked 22nd in the nation in blocks per game, Saint Mary's is averaging 5.2 blocks per game, which is 22nd in the country.

- Simpson is the only Saint Mary's player to start every game this season. SMC has used 13 different starting line-ups this season, and a different starting line-up in 12 of the last 19 games.

- Sixth-year Head Coach Randy Bennett is two wins shy of reaching 100 career wins.

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

San Diego Toreros (15-12 / 5-7 WCC)
- San Diego fell to WCC leader Santa Clara, 80-72, on Saturday.

- San Diego was paced by sophomore guard Brandon Johnson's 20 points versus Santa Clara, while senior guard Ross DeRogatis chipped in 14 points. Johnson also handed out five assists versus Santa Clara and has distributed 246 assists in just two seasons with the Toreros.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare leads the WCC in rebounding with 8.1 rpg, and is tied with USF's Alan Wiggins, Jr. for the WCC lead in double-doubles with seven.

- DeRogatis, already the program leader in three-pointers made, leads the WCC in three-point field goals made (75) and threes per game (2.78).

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

San Francisco Dons (12-15 / 7-4 WCC)
- The Dons won their third straight game with a 76-62 win over UC Irvine in a BracketBusters pool game on Saturday.

- With last weekend's sweep of Pepperdine and LMU at home, the Dons have recorded a perfect 6-0 record against LMU, San Diego and Pepperdine for the first time since USD joined the league.

- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. scored a team-high 19 points in the win over UC Irvine. With his 19 points, Wiggins, Jr. passed Tim Owens (1,046) and John Burks (1,051) to rank 24th on the USF career scoring list with 1,056 points. James Hardy (1,075) and Shammell Stallworth (1087) are next on the list.

- San Francisco travels across the Bay to take on rival Saint Mary's (2/19) in a Big Monday showdown.

Santa Clara Broncos (20-7 / 10-2 WCC)
- The Broncos maintained sole possession of first place in the conference standings with an 80-72 win over San Diego in Head Coach Dick Davey's final home game. Santa Clara needs just one win in its final two games or a loss by Gonzaga to clinch a share of the conference championship, something the Broncos haven't done since 1997.

- Senior center Sean Denison turned in a monster game versus the Toreros, tossing in 18 points and hauling down 12 rebounds.

- The Broncos reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in Davey's career and the team has now won 10 conference games. SCU has won 10 conference games five times during Davey's tenure as head coach.

- SCU wraps up the regular season at LMU (2/24) and Pepperdine (2/26) this weekend.