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WCC Men's Basketball Tournament Begins This Weekend

March 4, 2009

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WCC TEAMS HEAD TO LAS VEGAS FOR THE 2009 WCC TOURNAMENT

With the regular season wrapped up, WCC teams turn their attention to this week's WCC Tournament held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The 2009 WCC Tournament marks the first year that the conference's premier event will be held at a neutral site. The capacity for the Orleans Arena at the four-day event is 7,845, making it the largest venue to ever house the WCC Tournament. The 2009 basketball championships will be the 23rd annual event on the men's side and the 17th annual women's tournament.

WCC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

All Times PST

FIRST ROUND - FRIDAY, MARCH 6
TEAMS TIME
COVERAGE
No. 5 San Diego vs. No. 8 Loyola Marymount 6:00 PM
No. 6 Pepperdine vs. No. 7 San Francisco 30 mins. after the first game
QUARTERFINAL ROUND - SATURDAY, MARCH 7
TEAMS TIME
COVERAGE
No. 5 USD/No. 8 LMU vs. No. 4 Santa Clara 6:00 PM
No. 6 PEP/No. 7 USF vs. No. 3 Portland 30 mins. after the first quarterfinal
SEMIFINAL ROUND - SUNDAY, MARCH 8
TEAMS TIME
COVERAGE
No. 5 USD/No. 8 LMU/No. 4 SCU vs. No. 1 Gonzaga 6:30 PM
ESPN2
No. 6 PEP/No. 7 USF/No. 3 POR vs. No. 2 Saint Mary's 8:30 PM
ESPN2
WCC TOURNAMENT FINAL - MONDAY, MARCH 9
TEAMS TIME
COVERAGE
Semifinal No. 1 winner vs. Semifinal No. 2 winner 6:00 PM
ESPN

AROUND THE WCC




Santa Clara's John Bryant was named the WCC Player of the Year after averaging 18.0 ppg and 15.1 rpg during conference play.


WCC Player of the Week: Gonzaga's Josh Heytvelt Earns Weekly Honorly Honor
Gonzaga senior center Josh Heytvelt was named the WCC Player of the Week for his performance in helping the Zags post their third undefeated conference season. In the Zags' win over Santa Clara, Heytvelt tossed in a career-high 29 points to go along with nine rebounds. He followed that up with 11 points and four rebounds in Gonzaga's win over San Diego.

West Coast Conference To Stream 10 WCC Tournament Games Exclusively On WCCsports.com
The West Coast Conference announced that it will be streaming all of the non-televised games of this week's WCC Tournament for free exclusively on WCCsports.com. In all, 10 of the 14 games will be shown exclusively on WCCsports.com, including all but the championship game of the women's tournament and the semifinals and final of the men's championship. To watch all of the early round action, fans just need to log-on to WCCsports.com and sign up for a free WCC All-Access pass.

2009 WCC Conference honors
Player of the Year
John Bryant, SCU

Defensive Player of the Year
Diamon Simpson, SMC

Co-Newcomer of the Year
T.J. Campbell, POR
Kevin Foster, SCU

Coach of the Year
Eric Reveno, POR

All-WCC First Team
Matt Bouldin, GON - JR - G
John Bryant, SCU - SR - C
T.J. Campbell, POR - JR - G
Josh Heytvelt, GON - SR - C
Dior Lowhorn, USF - JR - F
Patrick Mills, SMC - SO - G
Gyno Pomare, USD - SR - F/C
Nik Raivio, POR - JR - G
Omar Samhan, SMC - JR - C
Diamon Simpson, SMC - SR - F

All-WCC Freshman Team
Keion Bell, PEP - G
Jarred DuBois, LMU - G
Kevin Foster, SCU - G
James Rahon, SCU - G
Marc Trasolini, SCU - F

All-WCC Honorable Mention
Austin Daye, GON - SO - F
Kevin Foster, SCU - FR - G
Steven Gray, GON - SO - G
Jeremy Pargo, GON - SR - G
Robin Smeulders, POR - JR - F
Jared Stohl, POR - SO - G


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 24-5
WCC Record: 12-0
  • Gonzaga closed out an undefeated conference season with an 81-73 win over Santa Clara and a 58-47 win over San Diego.

  • 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.

  • GU posted its third undefeated conference season, becoming the only school since the WCC moved to its current eight team alignment in 1980-81 to accomplish the feat three times.

  • Josh Heytvelt and Matt Bouldin were selected to the All-WCC first team, while Jeremy Pargo, and Austin Daye and Steven Gray were named honorable mention.

  • Gonzaga defeated USC Upstate, 90-40, in a final tune-up before the WCC Tournament. The Zags are the No. 1 seed and will have a bye until the WCC Tournament semifinals (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 3-27
    WCC Record: 2-12
  • LMU finished conference play with a split against San Francisco and Saint Mary's. The Lions defeated USF, 61-57, before falling to SMC, 70-57.

  • Freshman Jarred DuBois ended the regular season as the school's all-time freshman scoring leader with 399 points on the season. DuBois also ranks third all-time among LMU freshmen in scoring average (13.3), tied for fourth in assists with 82, fifth in assists per game (2.73), and fourth in steals (35). For his efforts, DuBois was named to the All-WCC freshman team.

  • Freshman forward Kevin Young finished the regular season first in the LMU freshmen record books in rebounds (216) and steals (48).

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

  • LMU opens the WCC Tournament against No. 5 seed San Diego (3/6) on Friday.
  • Overall Record: 8-22
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • The Waves dropped their final two conference games of the season, falling to Saint Mary's, 62-49, and San Francisco, 70-62.

  • Freshman guard Keion Bell was rewarded for his strong play, earning All-WCC freshman team honors. Bell averaged 15.0 ppg during conference play, ranking eighth in the WCC and second among all freshmen. He also grabbed 6.4 rpg, which was ninth in the WCC and second among freshmen, to go along with 2.6 apg and 1.6 spg.

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

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

  • The Waves are the No. 6 seed in the WCC Tournament and will face No. 7 USF (3/6).
  • Overall Record: 18-11
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • The Pilots dropped their final two WCC games, falling at San Diego, 66-60, and at Santa Clara, 67-65, in overtime.

  • Third-year Head Coach Eric Reveno was named the WCC Coach of the Year, after guiding the Pilots to their second best league record in school history. The 18 wins are the most since 1996 and tied for the fifth most in school history since the program went Division I in 1959.

  • Junior guards T.J. Campbell and Nik Raivio were named to the All-WCC first team, while junior Robin Smeulders and sophomore Jared Stohl were named honorable mention. Campbell was named Co-Newcomer of the Year. In league games, he led the conference in assists (4.9) and three-point percentage (.600), was second in three-pointers made (39) and assist/turnover ratio (1.8), third in field goal percentage (.559) and 13th in scoring (12.6) and steals (13).

  • Portland is the No. 3 seed in the WCC Tournament and will have a first round bye.
  • Overall Record: 24-5
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • Saint Mary's picked up wins at Pepperdine (62-49) and Loyola Marymount (70-57) to finish second in the WCC regular season standings.

  • Senior Diamon Simpson, junior Omar Samhan, and sophomore Patrick Mills earned first team all-conference honors, while Simpson was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Simpson, a three-time All-WCC first team honoree, becomes the first player in conference history to take home two Defensive Player of the Year awards.

  • Simpson needs just three more steals to become the Gaels all-time steals 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.

  • Saint Mary's is the No. 2 seed in the WCC Tournament and will have a double-bye until the semifinals (3/8).
  • Overall Record: 15-15
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • The Toreros split their final regular season games, defeating Portland, 66-60, before falling to No. 17 Gonzaga, 58-47.

  • The Toreros lead the conference in scoring defense during WCC games, holding their opponents to just 59.7 points per game.

  • Senior Gyno Pomare was named to the All-WCC first team for the third straight season. He joins Scott Thompson (1985-87) as the only Torero men's players to be selected all-conference first team three different years. This season, Pomare became the program's all-time leading scorer and currently has 1,701 points and 856 rebounds.

  • Sophomore guard Devin Ginty was named to the WCC All-Academic Team.

  • No. 5 seeded USD will take on No. 8 LMU (3/6) in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 11-18
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • San Francisco earned a road split to close out conference play, falling at LMU, 61-57, before beating Pepperdine, 70-62.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn capped another standout season with his second All-WCC first team selection. Lowhorn led the WCC in scoring for the second consecutive season, leading the league in overall scoring (19.7) and in league games (19.1) for the second consecutive year. He becomes the first player to lead the WCC in scoring during conference play in back-to-back seasons since Gonzaga's Jeff Brown accomplished the feat from 1993-94.

  • USF's freshmen enjoyed a huge day in the Dons' win over Pepperdine. Peter Smith tossed in a career-high 21 points, while Kwame Vaughn added 13, Chris O'Brien chipped in nine, and Angelo Caloiaro scored seven.

  • USF, the No. 7 seed, will face No. 6 Pepperdine in the first round of the WCC Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 15-16
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • The Broncos fell to No. 17 Gonzaga, 81-73, before defeating Portland, 67-65 in overtime.

  • Senior center John Bryant became the eighth different Santa Clara player to earn WCC Player of the Year honors. Bryant ranked second in the league in scoring with 18.0 ppg to go along with a staggering 15.1 rpg. Bryant's 15.1 rpg average is the highest clip in the WCC since former San Francisco standout Bill Cartwright averaged 16.1 rpg during the 1978-79 season.

  • Freshman guard Kevin Foster was named the WCC Co-Newcomer of the Year after ranking third in the WCC in scoring (16.5 ppg) during conference play. Foster set a new school freshman scoring record with 448 points entering the WCC Tournament, topping the previous mark held by Kurt Rambis (414).

  • SCU is the No. 4 seed in the WCC Tournament and will have a first round bye.