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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Feb. 26, 2007

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West Coast Conference men's basketball teams wraps up the regular season tonight. WCC co-leaders Santa Clara and Gonzaga have already locked up byes until the semifinals of the WCC Tournament, but are still competing for the WCC regular season title. The Broncos and the Bulldogs are tied atop the conference standings with identical 10-3 league records. Gonzaga is looking for its seventh straight WCC regular season title and ninth in the last 10 years, while Santa Clara is seeking its first conference title since 1997.


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 Comcast SportsNet West; & Televised on ESPNU


Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-10 / 10-3 WCC)
- Gonzaga moved into a first place tie in the conference standings with Santa Clara, defeating San Francisco, 86-79, in overtime on Saturday.

- Senior guard Derek Raivio is three points shy of becoming just the fourth player in Gonzaga history to score at least 1,400 points (1,397), and hand out 300 career assists (341). He would join Jim McPhee, Matt Santangelo, and Blake Stepp.

- Sophomore Micah 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 14.0 ppg and 4.7 rpg over the Zags' last three games.

- Gonzaga closes out the regular season at San Diego (2/26) on Monday. A win over the Toreros will assure Gonzaga no worse than a share of its seventh straight WCC title and the Bulldogs ninth in the last 10 years.

Loyola Marymount Lions (13-16 / 5-8 WCC)
- Loyola Marymount played the role of spoiler, knocking off WCC leader Santa Clara, 67-66, on Saturday. The Lions own a 3-1 record versus WCC co-leaders Gonzaga and Santa Clara.

- Senior forward Matthew Knight scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Santa Clara on Saturday to move his career totals to 1,444 points and 731 rebounds. He replaced Ed Bento (1959-62) for 10th all-time in scoring and Forrest McKenzie (1981-86) for 6th all-time in rebounds on the Lions' career charts. He would need 137 points to replace Luther Philyaw (1972-76) for ninth in scoring and 21 boards to replaced Tom Ryan (1958-61) for fifth in rebounds.

- Senior guard Adoyah Miller hit a 19-footer with five seconds remaining to lift Loyola Marymount to the season sweep of the Broncos.

- Loyola Marymount closes out the regular season at home versus Saint Mary's (2/26).

Pepperdine Waves (7-22 / 3-10 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped a 97-72 decision to Saint Mary's on Saturday to fall to 7-22 overall and 3-10 in conference play.

- Junior center Jarrad Henry equaled a season-high with 10 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two blocks versus the Gaels. Henry ranks second in the WCC with 67 blocks on the season, tying for 10th on the WCC all-time single season list.

- Under first-year Head Coach Vance Walberg, Pepperdine's press defense is forcing a WCC-best 19.8 turnovers per game.

- Freshman forward Blake Wallace scored a career-high 13 points on Saturday.

- Pepperdine will conclude its regular season Monday when the Waves host WCC co-leader Santa Clara (2/26).

Portland Pilots (8-21 / 4-9 WCC)
- The Pilots led a majority of the game, but dropped an 82-76 game to the San Diego Toreros Saturday evening.

- Junior Sherrard Watson matched a career-high with 21 points to lead the Pilots versus the Toreros.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper, who leads the Pilots in scoring with 12.5 ppg, is just eight points shy of becoming the 30th player in Portland history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

- Senior forward Ben Sullivan turned in a solid all-around performance versus San Diego, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds and handing out six assists.

- The Pilots conclude their regular season at San Francisco on Monday in a crucial game for conference tournament positioning.

Saint Mary's Gaels (15-14 / 6-6 WCC)
- Saint Mary's earned a 97-72 win over Pepperdine on Saturday.

- With the win, sixth-year head coach Randy Bennett earned his 100th victory at Saint Mary's, becoming just the second head coach in the history of the program to reach 100 wins. James Weaver holds the record with 110 career wins in seven seasons, from 1955-62.

- Senior guard Tron Smith scored a career-high 23 points in the win over the Waves, connecting on a career-high 9-of-15 shots from the floor and hitting a career-best three 3-pointers.

- Sophomore Diamon Simpson blocked five shots versus Pepperdine to bring his WCC-leading total to 74, the seventh highest single-season total in WCC history.

- Saint Mary's, which has already locked up a first round bye in the upcoming WCC Tournament, closes out the regular season at Loyola Marymount (2/26) on Monday.

San Diego Toreros (16-12 / 6-7 WCC)
- San Diego earned an 82-76 win over Portland on Saturday.

- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis scored 18 points versus Portland to become the 19th men's basketball player in San Diego history to crack 1,000 career points (1,012). DeRogatis now needs 12 points to pass by No. 18 Ken Smith (1,023; 1972-76), and 29 points to pass up No. 17 Wayman Strickland (1,040 points; 1988-92).

- DeRogatis, already the program's all-time 3-point field goal leader, knocked down three more treys to brings his career total to 208. With 78 3-pointers made this season, DeRogatis is closing in on his USD single-season record of 82 he set last season.

- Sophomore forward Gyno Pomare leads the WCC in rebounding with 8.1 rpg.

- San Diego closes out the regular season by hosting Gonzaga (2/26) on Monday.

San Francisco Dons (12-17 / 7-6 WCC)
- The Dons dropped an 86-79 overtime decision to Gonzaga on Saturday. 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 Antonio Kellogg scored a game-high 26 points, grabbed seven boards and handed out five assists in the loss to Gonzaga. Kellogg now leads the WCC in scoring during conference play, averaging 17.6 ppg.

- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr., who topped the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season, has scored 1,078 career points and passed James Hardy (1,075) for 23rd place on Saturday. He needs just 10 more points to pass Shammell Stallworth (1087) for the 22nd spot.

- USF closes out the regular season by hosting Portland (2/26) on Monday.

Santa Clara Broncos (20-8 / 10-3 WCC)
- The Broncos dropped a heartbreaking 67-66 decision at LMU on Saturday. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Broncos are tied atop the conference standings with Gonzaga with identical 10-3 records. Santa Clara can still clinch a share of the WCC title, something the Broncos haven't achieved since 1997.

- The Broncos reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in Head Coach Dick 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.

- Three Santa Clara players are ranked in the top five in the WCC in field goal percentage during conference play in senior center Sean Denison (1st-64.2), senior guard Scott Dougherty (4th-54.2), and sophomore center John Bryant (5th-54.0).

- SCU wraps up the regular season at Pepperdine (2/26) on Monday.