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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 24, 2009

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WCC CLOSES OUT CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK

West Coast Conference teams begin the home stretch of conference play this week. Gonzaga has already secured its ninth consecutive WCC regular season title and the No. 1 overall seed for next week's conference tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The seven other seeds are still up for grabs, including a tight race between Portland and Saint Mary's for the No. 2 seed. The Pilots are one game up on the Gaels in the conference standings with two games remaining. The top two seeds receive double byes into the WCC Tournament semifinals, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds receive a first round bye into the quarterfinals. Santa Clara is currently in fourth place with a 6-6 record, followed closely by San Diego and Pepperdine, which both own 5-7 league marks.

Upcoming Schedule

All Times PST

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK/RECAP
Portland at San Diego San Diego, CA 7:00 PM
4SD/CSN NW
San Francisco at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA 7:05 PM
Saint Mary's at Pepperdine Malibu, CA 7:30 PM
FSN W/CSN CA
Gonzaga at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA 8:00 PM
ESPN2
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
NETWORK/RECAP
San Francisco at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM

Portland at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
3:00 PM
CSN CA/CSN NW
Gonzaga at San Diego San Diego, CA
4:30 PM
ESPN2
Saint Mary's at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
5:00 PM
FSN-PT/CSN CA

AROUND THE WCC




Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo moved past John Stockton into third place on the Zags' all-time assists list.


WCC Player of the Week: Saint Mary's Omar Samhan Earns Weekly Honor
Omar Samhan averaged 18.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, and 3.0 bpg in helping Saint Mary's to two big wins last week. Against San Diego, Samhan posted a team-high 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season. He also had two blocks and three assists. Last Saturday, Samhan tallied 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds in the Gaels' win over No. 23 Utah State. He was 8-for-13 from the floor, while adding four blocks and two assists with no turnovers against the Aggies.

Pargo Passes His Way Past John Stockton On The Zags' Career Assists 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.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 21-5
WCC Record: 12-0
  • Gonzaga captured its ninth straight WCC regular season title with a 92-58 win over Pepperdine on Saturday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gonzaga is 62-3 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

  • Gonzaga closes out WCC play at Santa Clara (2/26) and San Diego (2/28) this week.
  • Overall Record: 2-26
    WCC Record: 1-11
  • LMU dropped a 73-65 loss at Portland on Thursday evening.

  • Freshman Jarred DuBois scored a team-high 19 points against the Pilots. DuBois upped his season point total to 374 on the season, moving into fourth place on the LMU freshman scoring list.

  • Freshman forward Kevin Young added to his all-time freshman record total with six rebounds, giving him 197. Young also made a move on the all-time steals list with two on the night, giving him 46 on the year. The total moves him ahead of former WCC Defensive Player of the Year, Damian Martin, for the LMU all-time freshman record.

  • According to statsheet.com, LMU has the 24th youngest roster in the country.

  • LMU hosts San Francisco (2/26) and Saint Mary's (2/28) to close out the regular season.
  • Overall Record: 8-20
    WCC Record: 5-7
  • The Waves dropped a 92-58 decision to No. 17 Gonzaga on Thursday evening.

  • Of the 12 players that got into the game for Pepperdine, nine were freshmen or sophomores and seven weren't on the roster last year.

  • Freshman guard Keion Bell continued his strong play, scoring in double figures for the 10th straight game with a team-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Bell has enjoyed a standout freshman season, averaging 15.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, and 1.8 spg during conference play.

  • According to statsheet.com, the Waves have the eighth youngest team in the nation.

  • The Waves host Saint Mary's (2/26) and San Francisco (2/28) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 18-9
    WCC Record: 9-3
  • The Pilots improved to 18-9 overall and 9-3 in WCC play with a 73-65 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

  • The Pilots maintained a one-game lead on Saint Mary's for second place in the conference standings.

  • Portland improved to 12-2 at the Chiles Center with the win, marking the most home victories since finishing 13-1 during the 1995 season. The nine league wins are also tied for the second most in program history, a feat accomplished three times during the late 1970's and early 1980's. The 1995 Pilots posted the best finish in school history at 10-4 and tied for second place.

  • Portland ranks third in the nation in three-point percentage with a 41.5 percent clip.

  • Portland closes out the regular season at San Diego (2/26) and Santa Clara (2/28).
  • Overall Record: 22-5
    WCC Record: 8-4
  • Saint Mary's picked up two big wins last week, defeating San Diego, 65-61, before downing No. 23 Utah State, 75-64.

  • Sophomore Mickey McConnell scored a career-high 22 points, on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor in leading the Gaels to the win over Utah State. McConnell, one of the players called upon to fill the void until Patrick Mills returns to the lineup, has started the last four games and has responded by averaging 13.5 ppg and 2.5 apg, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field.

  • Omar Samhan topped the 1,000-point plateau in the Gaels' win over Utah State.

  • Senior Diamon Simpson needs just 15 more points to become just the 13th player in WCC history to reach 1,500 career points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

  • The Gaels close out WCC play at Pepperdine (2/26) and LMU (2/28) this week.
  • Overall Record: 14-14
    WCC Record: 5-7
  • The Toreros fell to Saint Mary's, 65-61, before bouncing back to defeat Pacific, 66-60, in a BracketBusters matchup.

  • The Toreros lead the conference in scoring defense, holding their opponents to just 60.7 points per game, and three-point field goal percentage (.328).

  • Junior De'Jon Jackson moved to the point guard spot and averaged 12.0 ppg and 5.5 apg over the past two games.

  • Sophomore guard Devin Ginty scored a season-best 12 points in win over UOP as he made his first four threes before finishing 4-5 from beyond the arc.

  • The Toreros close out the regular season by hosting Portland (2/26) and No. 17 Gonzaga (2/28) this week.
  • Overall Record: 10-17
    WCC Record: 2-10
  • San Francisco picked up its second conference win of the season with a 67-66 overtime win against Bay Area rival Santa Clara.

  • Freshman guard Kwame Vaughn hit a free throw with 0.6 seconds remaining in overtime as San Francisco broke a three-year losing streak against rival Santa Clara. Vaughn, who finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists, is one of the top free throw shooters in the WCC, ranking fourth in free throw percentage (.848) during conference play.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn leads the WCC and ranks 31st in the nation in scoring with 20.0 ppg. If Lowhorn hangs on to the WCC scoring title, he would become just the eighth player in WCC history to earn-back-to-back scoring titles and the first since former Gonzaga standout Jeff Brown accomplished the feat from 1992-94.

  • USF closes out the regular season on the road at LMU (2/26) and Pepperdine (2/28).
  • Overall Record: 14-15
    WCC Record: 6-6
  • The Broncos fell to Bay Area rival San Francisco, 67-66, in overtime on Saturday evening.

  • Freshman guard Kevin Foster scored a game-high 20 points in the game versus the Dons. With his 20-point effort, Foster broke Kurt Rambis' SCU freshman points scored record, which stood for 32 years. Foster now has 418 points in his rookie campaign and topped Rambis' 414 points scored in 1976-77.

  • Senior center John Bryant notched his 22nd double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds against USF.

  • Freshman forward Marc Trasolini tied Bryant's SCU freshman record for blocks with 37.

  • SCU hosts No. 17 Gonzaga (2/26) and Portland (2/28) to close out the regular season.