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Gonzaga, Saint Mary's Continue Postseason Play This Week

March 23, 2009

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Gonzaga, Saint Mary's Continue Postseason Play This Week

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's continue postseason play this week, beginning on Monday night as the Gaels host Davidson in an NIT second round showdown on ESPN2. The winner advances to play at San Diego State on March 25th with the winner of that match advancing to the semifinals in New York. Gonzaga will face No. 1 seed North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 27th on CBS.


All Times PST

Davidson at Saint Mary's 8:40 PM
Moraga, Calif. (McKeon Pavilion) ESPN2
Saint Mary's/Davidson at San Diego State 6:00 PM
San Diego, Calif. (Cox Arena) ESPN2
No. 4 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 North Carolina 6:57 PM
Memphis, Tenn. (FedEx Forum) CBS
Gonzaga/North Carolina vs. Syracuse/Oklahoma TBA
Memphis, Tenn. (FedEx Forum) CBS

Gonzaga And Saint Mary's Make WCC History
Gonzaga and Saint Mary's have enjoyed outstanding seasons and in the process have made WCC history. With Gonzaga owning a 28-5 overall record and Saint Mary's with a 27-6 record, this marks the first season that two WCC teams have topped 27 wins in the same season. The combined 55 wins are also the most by two teams in a single season in WCC history.

Saint Mary's junior center Omar Samhan earned All-WCC first team honors this season.

WCC PodCentral: Inside The WCC With Saint Mary's Junior Omar Samhan
WCC PodCentral: Inside the WCC continued its look at conference teams in the basketball postseason. Inside the WCC sits down with Saint Mary's junior center Omar Samhan. Samhan, a 2009 All-WCC first team member, took time to talk about being left out of the NCAA Tournament, the Gaels' second round matchup with Davidson, and having Patty Mills back in the lineup. Please check back weekly as WCC PodCentral will bring you the latest news and interviews from around the conference. Fans will be able to watch video or listen to audio on their computer, or download to their iPod to watch later.

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.



Overall Record: 28-5
WCC Record: 14-0
  • Gonzaga advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 with a 77-64 win over Akron in the first round before defeating Western Kentucky, 83-81, in a thriller in the round of 32.

  • 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 have made the Sweet 16 five times in the past 11 years. This is their first trip there since 2006.

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

  • The Zags will face No. 1 seed UNC in the South Region semifinals in Memphis on Friday.
  • 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: 19-13
    WCC Record: 9-5
  • The Pilots fell at Pacific, 82-76, in the first round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament.

  • 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).

  • All 13 players will return next season for Portland, as no seniors are on the 2008-09 roster.
  • Overall Record: 27-6
    WCC Record: 10-4
  • SMC defeated Washington State, 68-57, in the first round of the NIT.

  • The win gave the Gaels a school record 27 wins and was their first postseason win in 50 years. The Gaels' last postseason win came in 1959 when they defeated Idaho in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Senior Diamon Simpson, the two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year, has 168 career steals and is the first player in WCC history to hold their respective school's career rebounds (1,101), blocks (237) and steals records.

  • Patrick Mills ended any doubt about his health with a game-high 27 points in the Gaels' win over Washington State. Saint Mary's owns a 21-2 record with Mills in the lineup.

  • The Gaels host Davidson (3/23) in the second 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.