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WCC Men's Basketball: Monday Morning Storylines

Feb. 23, 2009


Gonzaga Clinches WCC Title Outright
Gonzaga defeated Pepperdine, 92-58, on Saturday evening to clinch its ninth consecutive WCC regular season title outright. Gonzaga tied the Kentucky teams of 1944-52 for the fourth-longest conference title winning streak in NCAA history. UCLA holds the record with 13 straight league titles from 1967-79. The Zags, who improved to 21-5 overall and 12-0 in conference play, have already clinched the top seed in next week's conference tournament. The Bulldogs moved a step closer to a third undefeated WCC season in the past six years with two league games left.

Saint Mary's Downs No. 23 Utah State
Saint Mary's held off No. 23 Utah State, 75-64, in a highly anticipated BracketBusters showdown. The Gaels improved to 22-5 on the season and picked up a big win without standout sophomore guard Patrick Mills. Sophomore guard Mickey McConnell, who has started in Mills' absence, scored a game-high 22 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Saint Mary's handed the Aggies just their third loss of the season. The win over the Aggies marked the first win over a top-25 team for the Gaels this season, and first since defeating No. 11 Oregon in November of 2007.

Pargo Passes His Way Past John Stockton On Zags' Career Assist List
Gonzaga senior point guard Jeremy Pargo handed out three assists in the Zags' win over Pepperdine to break a tie with legend John Stockton, the NBA's career assist leader, and move into third place on Gonzaga's all-time assist list with 557. Pargo's 557 career assists place him eighth on the WCC's career chart. He needs just 16 more assists to tie former Portland standout Darwin Cook (1976-80; 573) for seventh place.

Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson Closes In On Steals Record
Already the Saint Mary's career rebounds and blocks leader, senior forward Diamon Simpson is closing in on the school's all-time steals record. The 2008 WCC Defensive Player of the Year needs just four more steals to become the school's all-time leader. If Simpson accomplishes the feat, he would become the only player in WCC history to lead his school in career rebounds, blocks, and steals.