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WCC Teams Begin Postseason Play This Week

March 17, 2009

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Three WCC Teams Advance To The Postseason

For just the sixth time in conference history, three WCC men's basketball teams advanced to the postseason. Gonzaga advanced to the NCAA Tournament and earned the No. 4 seed in the South Regional and will face No. 13 seeded Akron in Portland on Thursday. Saint Mary's is a No. 2 seed in the NIT and will host Washington State tonight on ESPN2, while Portland earned an invitation to the inaugural Collegeinsider.com Tournament and will play at Pacific on Wednesday.

WCC POSTSEASON SCHEDULE

All Times PST

NIT FIRST ROUND - TUESDAY, MARCH 17
TEAMS TIME
LOCATION
COVERAGE
Washington State at Saint Mary's 8:00 PM
Moraga, Calif. (McKeon Pavilion) ESPN2
COLLEGEINSIDER.COM FIRST ROUND - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
TEAMS TIME
LOCATION COVERAGE
Portland at Pacific 7:00 PM
Stockton, Calif. (Alex. G. Spanos Center)
NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND - THURSDAY, MARCH 19
TEAMS TIME
LOCATION COVERAGE
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 13 Akron 4:25 PM
Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden) CBS
NCAA TOURNAMENT SECOND ROUND - SATURDAY, MARCH 21
TEAMS TIME
LOCATION COVERAGE
Gonzaga/Akron vs. Illinois/Western Kentucky TBA
Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden) CBS

AROUND THE WCC




Micah Downs earned WCC Tournament MVP honors, leading the Zags to their ninth tournament title in the last 11 years.


WCC Tournament Recap
Josh Heytvelt scored 17 points, Micah Downs added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 12 Gonzaga advanced to its 11th consecutive NCAA tournament with an 83-58 victory over Saint Mary's in the WCC Tournament final. The Zags captured their ninth WCC Tournament title in the last 11 years, and had the honor of winning the first WCC Tournament held at a neutral site.

GON Post-Game Press Conference
SMC Post-Game Press Conference

2009 WCC Men's Basketball Championship All-Tournament Team
Tournament MVP: Micah Downs, GON
Matt Bouldin, GON
John Bryant, SCU
Jeremy Pargo, GON
Diamon Simpson, SMC

WCC Lands Three On USBWA All-District IX Team
The West Coast Conference and the Pacific 10 Conference dominated this year's U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) 2009 Men's All-District IX Team. The WCC landed three players on the team, while the Pac-10 garnered seven spots. Santa Clara's John Bryant, the 2009 WCC Player of the Year, along with Gonzaga junior guard Matt Bouldin and Saint Mary's sophomore guard Patrick Mills give the WCC the most players it has had on the list since earning three spots in 2005.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 26-5
WCC Record: 14-0
  • Gonzaga closed out the regular season by winning with WCC Tournament title for the ninth time in the last 11 years.

  • 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.

  • Senior Micah Downs was named Tournament MVP, while teammates Matt Bouldin and Jeremy Pargo were named to the all-tournament team.

  • Gonzaga, which moved up to No. 12 in both the AP and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls, are the No. 4 seed in the South Regional and will face No. 13 seed Akron (3/19).
  • Overall Record: 3-28
    WCC Record: 2-12
  • LMU finished the season with a 62-56 loss to San Diego in the first round of the WCC Tournament

  • Despite finishing with just a 3-28 record, there is reason for optimism for the Lions as freshman Jarred DuBois ended the regular season as the first freshman in school history to score over 400 points. He finishes his first year with 417. For his efforts, DuBois was named to the All-WCC freshman team.

  • Freshman forward Kevin Young finished with a scoring total of 283, ranking him ninth all-time for freshmen. He also finished with a freshman-record 224 rebounds and 51 steals. Young finished the season ranked first among all WCC freshmen in rebounding and steals, while ranking second among WCC newcomers in blocks (34).

  • According to statsheet.com, LMU has the 24th youngest roster in the country.
  • Overall Record: 9-23
    WCC Record: 5-9
  • The Waves opened the WCC Tournament with a 93-85 win over San Francisco, before falling to Portland, 69-45.

  • Freshman guard Keion Bell scored 19 points in the Waves' win over USF and tossed in a team-high 14 points against Portland. Bell, who was named to the All-WCC freshman team, finished the season scoring in double figures in 13 of the last 14 games. Bell averaged 15.0 ppg during conference play, ranking eighth in the WCC and second among all freshmen.

  • The Waves will only lose three seniors from the squad in guards Ryan Holmes, Mike Hornbuckle and Rico Tucker. The Waves' youth bodes well for the future, as the 11 players that saw action for the Waves against Portland, 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.
  • Overall Record: 19-12
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • The Pilots earned a spot in the inaugural Collegeinsider.com Tournament and will be playing in the postseason for the first time since 1996.

  • 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 19 wins are the most since 1996, when the Pilots posted a 19-11 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament

  • 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).

  • UP travels to Pacific (3/18) for first round action of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 26-6
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • Saint Mary's ended the regular season by cruising past Eastern Washington, 85-65, for its school-record 26th win.

  • Patrick Mills tossed in 19 points to go along with a game-high four steals in the win over Eastern Washington. The Gaels own a 20-2 record with Mills in the lineup.

  • Senior Diamon Simpson, junior Omar Samhan, and sophomore Mills earned first team all-conference honors. 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 has 167 career steals and is the first player in WCC history to hold their respective school's career rebounds (1,085), blocks (234) and steals records.

  • The Gaels host Washington State (3/17) in the first round of the NIT.
  • Overall Record: 16-16
    WCC Record: 6-8
  • The Toreros defeated LMU, 62-56, in the first round of the WCC Tournament, before falling to Santa Clara, 80-69, in the quarterfinals.

  • Against the Broncos, the Toreros were paced by sophomore Rob Jones with 20 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth double-double of the season.

  • 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. Pomare ends his career as the program's all-time leading scorer (1,725) and rebounder (864).

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

  • San Diego led the WCC in scoring defense (61.0 ppg allowed).
  • Overall Record: 11-19
    WCC Record: 3-11
  • San Francisco dropped its WCC Tournament opening round game to Pepperdine, 93-85.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn continued his assault on the USF career and single-season record books, pouring in a career-high 32 points against the Waves. Lowhorn capped his monster junior campaign with a flourish, registering his second 30-point game and made some history in the process, finishing 2008-09 with 604 points on the year, becoming only the third player in school history to record 600 points in a single season twice in his career. Lowhorn ranked fourth in single-season history with 636 points in his first season on the Hilltop. USF All-Americans Bill Cartwright and Quintin Dailey also accomplished the feat.

  • Lowhorn, who was named to the All-WCC first team for the second straight season, became 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.
  • Overall Record: 16-17
    WCC Record: 7-7
  • The Broncos defeated San Diego, 80-69, in the WCC Tournament quarterfinals before falling to Gonzaga, 94-59, in the semifinals.

  • Senior center John Bryant had 24 points and a WCC tournament record 27 rebounds in the Broncos' win over San Diego. His 27 rebounds vs. San Diego on Sat., March 7 were the most rebounds in an NCAA game in more than three years. Bryant, who was named to the USBWA All-District IX team, is the only Bronco in school history to score 1,600+ points, grab 1,100+ rebounds and block 200+ shots. Bryant finished his career at Santa Clara No. 1 in rebounds (1,152), No. 1 in blocks (246) and No. 6 in scoring (1,667).

  • 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.