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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 12, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Diego's Gyno Pomare Earns Weekly Honor
San Diego junior forward Gyno Pomare is this week's WCC Player of the Week after leading the Toreros to a 73-72 win at Hawai'i. Pomare tossed in 16 points and hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds in the win over the Warriors. With the game tied at 72 and Hawai'i with the ball, Pomare stole a pass and dribbled the length of the floor where he was fouled with just two seconds remaining in regulation. Pomare stepped to the foul line and connected on the first of two attempts to seal the win for the Toreros.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Nov. 12
4Pepperdine vs. Pacific - 5:00 PM
Arkansas-Little Rock at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
Cal State Monterey Bay at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Nov. 13
Idaho at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM
Santa Clara at Simpson - 6:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Nov. 16
5Loyola Marymount vs. St. Bonaventure - 4:00 PM

Nov. 17
5Loyola Marymount vs. Presbyterian - 4:00 PM
UC Riverside at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM
UNLV at San Diego - 6:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
Oregon at Portland - 7:00 PM
Sacramento State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Nevada - 7:00 PM

Nov. 18
5Loyola Marymount at New Mexico - 4:15 PM

4 Oregon World Vision Invitational; 5 BTI Invitational

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga routed Montana, 77-54, to win its season-opener.

- Highly touted freshman Austin Daye scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Daye, a 6-foot-10 forward from Irvine, Calif. and the son of former UCLA and NBA player Darren Daye, made 8-of-13 field goals, to go along with two blocks and two steals.

- Daye led four Zags in double figures, as junior Jeremy Pargo tossed in 17 points, sophomore Matt Bouldin chipped in 13 points, and sophomore Larry Gurganious scored 12.

- Gonzaga is 40-1 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in 2004.

- The Bulldogs continue their three-game season opening homestand when they host Idaho (11/13) and UC Riverside (11/17) this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions dropped a 74-61 decision to UC Irvine to open the 2007-08 season.

- Sophomore guard Shawn Deadwiler led the Lions with a career-high 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

- The Lions out rebounded the Anteaters 33-25 with three different players earning five boards.

- The youthful Lions started freshmen Orlando Johnson, Tim Diederichs and Terron Sutton and they responded with nine, eight and eight points, respectively.

- The Lions have a busy week as they host Arkansas-Little Rock (11/12) before facing St. Bonaventure (11/16), Presbyterian (11/17), and New Mexico (11/18) in the BTI Invitational.

Pepperdine Waves (0-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped their first two games of the season, falling to No. 12 Oregon, 100-70, and to Western Michigan, 70-65.

- Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas had a nice collegiate debut with a game-high 22 points and eight rebounds versus Oregon. Thomas, who also registered two blocks and collected two steals against the Ducks, tallied his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and hauling in a team-high 11 boards in the Waves' setback versus Western Michigan.

- Freshman center Daniel Johnson, from Perth, Australia, also enjoyed a strong start to the season, tossing in 13 points against the Ducks before scoring a game-high 15 points against Western Michigan.

- The Waves wrap up the Oregon World Vision Invitational against Pacific (11/12) before returning to Malibu to host Cal State Northridge (11/17).

Portland Pilots (1-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots fell to Fresno State, 75-68, and to San Diego State, 78-64, before bouncing back to defeat Liberty, 73-62, to open the season.

- Freshman forward Luke Sikma, son of former NBA standout Jack Sikma, was impressive over the weekend, notching two double-doubles. Sikma scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds in his collegiate debut against Fresno State, before tossing in 10 points and collecting 10 boards in the Pilots win over Liberty. Sikma is averaging 9.7 ppg and ranks second in the WCC with 11.0 rpg. He has also displayed a deft passing touch, leading the Pilots and ranking fifth in the WCC in assists with 4.33 apg.

- Sophomore Robin Smeulders has enjoyed a strong start to the season, reaching double figures in all three games. Smeulders is leading the Pilots with 14.7 ppg.

- The Pilots host in-state rival Oregon (11/17) in their lone game this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels defeated Sonoma State 82-57 before downing Drake 72-66 to open the season. SMC is off to only its second 2-0 start in 12 seasons. They won their first two games of the 2004-05 season and finished with a 25-9 record that included a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

- Junior guard Carlin Hughes scored a game-high 18 points and handed out a team-high five assists in the Gaels' win over Drake. Hughes, from Perth, Australia, is one of four players from Australia on the SMC roster.

- The Gaels hit 10 threes against Sonoma State and 12 treys versus Drake. Last season the Gaels only reached double digits in threes once, and the last time the Gaels made 10 or more 3-pointers in back-to-back games was the 2003-04 season.

- Saint Mary's hosts Cal State Bakersfield (11/13) in its lone game this week.

San Diego Toreros (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego, under the direction of first year Head Coach Bill Grier, opened the 2007-08 season with a thrilling 73-72 win at Hawai'i.

- Junior forward Gyno Pomare is this week's WCC Player of the Week after scoring 16 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds against the Warriors. Seven of Pomare's rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor.

- Junior point guard Brandon Johnson tossed in a team-high 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out four assists against Hawai'i.

- Freshman forward Rob Jones had a solid collegiate debut, scoring eight points, hauling in nine rebounds, and dishing out three assists against Hawai'i.

- San Diego hosts Cal State Monterey Bay (11/12) and UNLV (11/17) this week.

San Francisco Dons (1-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Dons opened the season at the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic where they fell to host Oklahoma, 71-55, before beating East Central, 87-70.

- Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn scored 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field in his debut with the Dons. Lowhorn, a transfer from Texas Tech, added 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked three shots in the Dons' win over East Central.

- Junior guard Manny Quezada poured in a game-high 29 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals in USF's win over East Central. Quezada was named one of the top six returning players in the WCC by the conference's head coaches.

- San Francisco returns to War Memorial Gym to host Sacramento State (11/17) in its home-opener.

Santa Clara Broncos (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- First-year Head Coach Kerry Keating guided the Broncos to a 66-49 win over Cal State Monterey Bay in their season-opener.

- Junior center John Bryant tallied game-highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Santa Clara to the win over the Otters. Bryant, who connected on 10-of-15 attempts from the field, also swatted away four CSUMB shots. Bryant's 26 points tied his career high, which he set last season against Pepperdine.

- Freshman forward Ben Dowdell handed out a game-high six assists and grabbed five rebounds in his collegiate debut.

- SCU plays its next seven games on the road and does not return home until 12/12.

- Santa Clara plays at Simpson University (11/13) and Nevada (11/17) this week.