Feb. 21, 2007
WCC TEAMS WRAP UP THE REGULAR SEASON THIS WEEK
West Coast Conference men's basketball teams wrap up the regular season this week. WCC leader Santa Clara needs just one win, or a loss by Gonzaga, in its final two games of the season to clinch at least a share of the WCC regular season title. Santa Clara, Gonzaga, and San Francisco have secured top four regular season finishes, guaranteeing them a first round bye in the upcoming conference tournament. The Broncos and the Zags have locked up the top two seeds and have earned byes until the semifinals.
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 %
Monday, February 26
*Santa Clara at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
*Portland at San Francisco - 7:00 PM $
*Gonzaga at San Diego - 7:00 PM
*Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount - 8:00 PM &
* Denotes Conference game; # Televised on ABC (Regional); % Televised on CSTV; $ Televised on Comcast SportsNet West; & Televised on ESPNU
WCC TOURNAMENT SEEDING TIE BREAKERS
WCC CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:Chase Griffin, PEP & Brett Collins, SMC
Chase Griffin from Pepperdine and Brett Collins from Saint Mary's share this week's WCC Player of the Week honor after guiding their respective teams to wins over rival opponents last week. Griffin led the Waves to a 95-88 win over rival LMU, while Collins guided the Gaels to a 92-83 win over Bay Area foe San Francisco. Griffin was spectacular in the Waves' win over LMU, tossing in a career-high 32 points on 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) shooting from the field. Collins was just as impressive, tossing in a team-high 26 points on an incredible 10-of-13 shooting from the floor in the Gaels' win over the Dons. The weekly honor marks the first career WCC Player of the Week award for both Griffin and Collins.
WCC TEAMS NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-10 / 9-3 WCC)
- Gonzaga dropped a 78-77 overtime decision to No. 8 Memphis on Saturday, but bounced back to take an 87-67 win over Portland on Monday.
- Senior guard Derek Raivio, who became the 29th member of Gonzaga's 1,000-point club earlier this season, now has 1,376 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.
- Sophomore Micah Downs enjoyed his best game as a Zag, dropping in a career-high 19 points to go along with six boards in Gonzaga's win over Portland. Downs, a transfer from Kansas, is starting to show flashes of what made him a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school, averaging 13.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg over the Zags' last two games
- Gonzaga closes out the regular season at San Francisco (2/24) and San Diego (2/26).
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, who leads the Waves and ranks fourth in the WCC in scoring with 15.3 ppg, earned WCC Player of the Week honors, sharing the award with Saint Mary's Brett Collins.
- 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 wraps up the regular season by hosting Saint Mary's (2/24) and WCC leader Santa Clara (2/26).
Portland Pilots (8-20 / 4-8 WCC)
- Portland dropped an 87-67 decision at Pacific Northwest rival Gonzaga on Monday.
- Freshman guard Parker Emerson scored a career-high 23 points off the bench in the Pilots' setback versus the Zags.
- Senior guard Darren Cooper, who leads the Pilots in scoring with 12.8 ppg, is just 15 points shy of becoming the 30th player in Portland history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
- Freshman point guard Taishi Ito continued to impress, scoring 15 points and handing out four assists in the Pilots' setback versus Gonzaga. Ito ranks second among all WCC freshmen in scoring during conference play, averaging 8.8 ppg, while ranking seventh overall with 3.4 apg.
- The Pilots close out the regular season at San Diego (2/24) and San Francisco (2/26).
Saint Mary's Gaels (14-14 / 6-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned a 92-83 win over rival San Francisco on Monday.
- Senior Brett Collins tossed in a team-high 26 points versus the Dons, earning his first career WCC Player of the Week honor, sharing the award with Pepperdine's Chase Griffin.
- Junior guard Todd Golden just missed a triple-double versus the Dons, scoring 15 points, handing out 11 assists, and grabbing nine rebounds.
- Sophomore Diamon Simpson blocked five shots versus USF to bring his WCC-leading total to 69, the ninth highest single-season total in WCC history.
- Sixth-year Head Coach Randy Bennett is just one win 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 (12-16 / 7-5 WCC)
- The Dons had their three-game winning streak snapped on Monday, falling at Saint Mary's, 92-83. Despite the loss, the Dons can finish no worse than fourth place in the conference standings, assuring them of a first round bye in the upcoming conference tournament.
- Sophomore guard Manny Quezada scored a career-high 35 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field in the Dons' setback to Saint Mary's. Quezada, a transfer from Rutgers, is averaging 13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 2.2 apg during conference play.
- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. scored 15 points versus SMC, bringing his career points total to 1,071. He needs just four more points to tie James Hardy (1,075) for 23rd place, and 16 points to tie Shammell Stallworth (1087) for the 22nd spot.
- USF closes out the regular season by hosting Gonzaga (2/24) and Portland (2/26).
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.