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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 13, 2006

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matthew Knight, Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount senior forward Matthew Knight was named the first WCC Player of the Week following an outstanding performance in the Lions' season-opening win versus Oral Roberts. Knight, a native of Burnie, Tasmania, Australia, scored a team-high 23 points to go along with nine boards in the win over the Golden Eagles. Knight connected on 10-of-14 shots from the field and registered a game-high three blocked shots.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, November 13
3Pepperdine vs. Northern Iowa - 4:30 PM
Loyola Marymount at Mississippi State - 5:00 PM
UC San Diego at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 14
3Pepperdine vs. Nichols State - 4:30 PM
San Francisco at Sacramento State - 7:00 PM
Holy Names at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
4Gonzaga vs. Rice - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, November 15
CS Monterey Bay at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
4Gonzaga vs. TBD - TBD

Thursday, November 16
Point Loma at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Friday, November 17
Montana State at Portland - 7:00 PM
Fresno State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
New Mexico State at Loyola Marymount - 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 18
Saint Mary's at USC - 12:00 PM
Pepperdine at Cal State Northridge - 2:00 PM
Utah at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Sunday, November 19
UC Davis at Portland - 2:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield at Loyola Marymount - 3:00 PM
Texas-San Antonio at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM

3 Basketball Travelers Classic; 4 NIT Tip-off Classic

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags opened the season with a 90-75 win over Eastern Washington at home.

- The Bulldogs' extended their home winning streak to 41 games. The streak is the longest current home winning streak in the nation.

- Sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt and senior guard Derek Raivio led Gonzaga with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Heytvelt also added five boards, while Raivio went 3-5 from beyond the arc.

- GU shot 87 percent from the free throw line, including a perfect 14-14 in the second half.

- Gonzaga hosts Rice in the first round of the NIT Tip-Off Classic (11/14) and can host the West Region Championship (11/15) with a win, before welcoming Texas-San Antonio (11/19).

Loyola Marymount Lions (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU started off the season with a 68-65 win over Oral Roberts.

- The Lions went 4-6 from the charity stripe with under one minute remaining in the game to seal the three-point victory over the Golden Eagles.

- Last season's 1,000-point teammates, Matthew Knight and Brandon Worthy combined for 42 points in the win. Knight led the Lions with nine boards, while Worthy dished out a game-high seven assists.

- Although LMU committed 17 turnovers in the first half, it recorded just two turnovers while posting nine assists in the final 20 minutes.

- LMU hits the road for one game at Mississippi State (11/13) before hosting New Mexico State (11/17) and Cal State Bakersfield (11/19).

Pepperdine Waves (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves opened the Vance Walberg-era with a 99-91 loss to No. 16 Washington in the first game of the Basketball Travelers Classic in Seattle, WA.

- Three starters and two subs scored in double digits for Pepperdine, including a team-high 18 from transfer Jason Walberg off the bench.

- Chris Oakes led the Waves' on the glass, snagging seven boards. Pepperdine was out-rebounded 43-30 by the Huskies.

- Washington outscored Pepperdine 50-32 in the paint, thanks, in part, to 46 combined points from starting forwards Jon Brockman and Quincy Poindexter.

- The Waves continue the Basketball Travelers Classic against Northern Iowa (11/13) and Nicholls State (11/14) before returning to Southern California to face Cal St. Northridge (11/18).

Portland Pilots (0-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland dropped three straight at the Oregon Rain Invitational to Oregon State, Cal Poly and Southeastern Louisiana.

- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones led the Pilots in both points and rebounds in the tournament, averaging 14 points and 7.3 boards per game.

- Portland used a 16-1 run over seven minutes in the second half against Cal Poly to tie the game at 53-53 with 1:28 left, but could not find the bottom of the basket from there, losing 56-53.

- Jones posted a career-high 22 points in the 63-55 loss to Southeastern Louisiana, shooting 78.6 percent from the floor.

- The Pilots open their home schedule against Montana State (11/17) and UC Davis (11/19) this weekend.

Saint Mary's Gaels (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's hosted the Shamrock Invitational, going 2-1 at McKeon Pavillion to open the season.

- The Gaels sandwiched a 74-73 loss to San Diego State with wins over Seattle Pacific and Murray State.

- Saint Mary's led the Aztecs 73-72 with just 36.6 seconds remaining before a foul gave Brandon Heath the game winning free throws for San Diego State.

- Brett Collins, Ian O'Leary and Diamon Simpson led the Gaels in scoring last week. Collins' 12.3 points per game and Simpson's 7.3 boards per game were tops on the team.

- The Gaels host Cal State Monterey Bay on Wednesday before traveling to USC for their first road game of the season on Saturday.

San Diego Toreros (0-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego dropped its season opener 71-62 to Stephen F. Austin State in Nagodoches, TX.

- Four Toreros were double-digit scorers in the loss, including team leader Brandon Johnson who went 5-9 from the floor for and 8-9 from the free throw line for 18 points.

- Gyno Pomare led San Diego on the boards, posting nine rebounds and 11 points in 29 minutes.

- San Diego hit just one three pointer in the game to shoot 7.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Lumberjacks hit six of 12 from three-point range and shot 49 percent overall from the field.

- The Toreros look for their first win this week, hosting UC San Diego tonight and Point Loma Nazarene on Thursday.

San Francisco Dons (1-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco kicked off the season with an 87-73 win over Division II power Sonoma State in its home opener.

- In his USF debut, UConn transfer Antonio Kellogg led the Dons with 22 points and six assists.

- The Dons' trio of former Big East guards fared well in the opener. Kellogg, Armondo Surratt and Manny Quezada combined for 56 points and 17 assists, while shooting 55 percent from three-point range.

- Alan Wiggins notched the only double-double of the game, snagging a game-high 12 boards to go with 10 points in 21 minutes off the bench.

- USF travels to Sacramento State (11/14) before hosting Fresno State (11/17).

Santa Clara Broncos (0-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos posted a 90-60 exhibition win over Notre Dame de Namur University last week.

- John Bryant and Josh Higgins poured in 13 points apiece in the win over NDMU. Bryant also posted a game-high eight rebounds.

- Santa Clara was picked to finish sixth by the WCC coaches, receiving 27 points in the conference preseason poll.

- The Broncos return nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad. Junior point guard Brody Angley returns after averaging 10.1 points per game and leading the team in assists and steals in 2005-06.

- Santa Clara opens the regular season hosting Holy Names (11/14) and Utah (11/18).