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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 18, 2008

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Six WCC teams opened the 2008-09 season with wins. The San Francisco Dons posted two wins to capture the Verizon Wireless Tip-Off Classic, while Portland opened the season with an impressive win over Washington, marking the Pilots first win over the Huskies in 15 years. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's also closed out the first week of the season with unblemished records.


All Times PST

Santa Clara vs. Florida Atlantic Tucson, AZ
5:30 PM
Idaho at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM
BYU at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at Portland State Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Nevada at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Cal Berekely, CA
7:30 PM
Valparaiso at San Diego U.S. Virgin Islands
12:30 PM
Pepperdine at New Mexico State Las Cruces, NM
6:30 PM
Notre Dame at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Yale at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Academy of Art at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego at Paradise Jam Tournament U.S. Virgin Islands
Pepperdine at Arizona State Tempe, AZ
1:00 PM
Portland at UC Davis Davis, CA
2:00 PM
Vanguard at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
4:00 PM
San Diego at Paradise Jam Tournament U.S. Virgin Islands

WCC Player of the Week: Portland's Robin Smeulders Earns Weekly Honor
Portland junior forward Robin Smeulders was named the WCC Player of the Week for his performance in the Pilots' 80-74 win over Pacific Northwest rival Washington. Smeulders scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Pilots to their first win over the Huskies in 15 years. A native of Braunschweig, Germany, Smeulders finished the game 7-for-9 from the field, 5-for-5 from the foul line and drained his only three-point attempt in 27 minutes. He also had two steals and a blocked shot.

WCC In The Rankings
Gonzaga moved up one spot in the AP poll to No. 9 and remained at No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Gaels are knocking on the door of the top 25, ranked No. 27 in the Coaches poll (40 votes) and No. 28 in the AP poll (108 votes).

Hidden Gems
There were several great performances from the first week of the season. Below are some of them that may have gone unnoticed.

NAME                              YR      POS      PERFORMANCE
Corey Counts, LMU                 SR      G        15 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts vs. Iowa StateEthan Niedermeyer, POR            JR      G/F      14 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts in win over UWMychel Thompson, PEP              SO      F        25 pts (8-for-13), 3 asts vs. CSUMBBlake Wallace, USF                JR      F        21 pts (7-for-12), 7 rebs in win at Hawaii



Overall Record: 1-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga cruised past Montana State-Billings, 83-52, in its season opener.

  • Sophomore Austin Daye led Gonzaga with his second career double-double, tossing in 15 points and pulling down 12 boards. The 6-11 Daye also added four blocks in the win. Daye blocked 54 shots last season, setting a Gonzaga freshman record and ranking fourth on the Zags' single-season list.

  • Jeremy Pargo dished out a game-high 10 assists without committing a single turnover. It marked the fourth career double-digit assist game for Pargo. He now ranks fourth on Gonzaga's career assists chart with 432, trailing Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554).

  • Gonzaga hosts Idaho (11/18) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 0-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions dropped their first three games of the season at the World Vision Classic at Iowa State, falling to UW-Milwaukee (75-51), the host Cyclones (67-55), and to UC Davis (64-55).

  • Sophomore guard Vernon Teel led the Lions over the weekend, averaging 19.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, and 2.0 spg in his first three games in an LMU uniform.

  • Senior guard Corey Counts enjoyed a strong start to the season. In the first three games, Counts is averaging 7.3 ppg on .571 shooting from the field. He was also the Lions' top three-point shooter over the weekend, knocking down 6-for-10 from beyond the arc.

  • Freshman guard Jared DuBois is second on the team in scoring with 9.3 ppg.

  • The Lions host No. 8 Notre Dame (11/21) in their lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 91-82, in their season opener before being edged by Arkansas-Little Rock, 66-65.

  • Sophomore forward Mychel Thompson tossed in a career-high 25 points, 22 coming in the second half, in the Waves' win over CSUMB.

  • Senior guard Ryan Holmes also registered a career-high versus the Otters, scoring 22 points, while dishing out four assists.

  • Freshman guard Keion Bell turned in solid performances in his debut games, averaging 15.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg, while shooting .611 from the field (11-for-18).

  • The Waves have a busy week as they host BYU (11/18) before traveling to New Mexico State (11/21) and No. 15 Arizona State (11/23) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots opened the season with a thrilling 80-74 win over Pacific Northwest rival Washington. The win over the Huskies was the Pilots first since 1993.

  • Junior forward Robin Smeulders led Portland with a team-high 20 points and hauled down six rebounds in the win over the Huskies. For his efforts, Smeulders, who connected on 7-of-9 shots from the field, was named WCC Player of the Week.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio tossed in 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds against UW.

  • T.J. Campbell had a solid debut for Portland with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.

  • Portland has a busy week as the Pilots travel to cross-town rival Portland State (11/18), hosts Yale (11/21), and plays at UC Davis (11/23) this week.
  • Overall Record: 2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's opened the season with a pair of impressive wins, downing Seattle Pacific, 86-55, and Fresno State, 99-85.

  • Saint Mary's is on the doorstep of the top 25, ranking No. 27 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (40 votes) and No. 28 in the AP poll (108 votes).

  • Sophomore Patrick Mills led five Gaels in double figures with a game-high 27 points in the win over Fresno State. Mills, who is tied for the conference lead in scoring with 21.0 ppg, also added five assists and six steals.

  • The Gaels have one of the deepest teams in school history with 10 players logging 10 or more minutes in the win over Fresno State.

  • Saint Mary's hosts Vanguard (11/23) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Despite being shorthanded, the Toreros dropped a 65-60 decision at UNLV to open the season.

  • San Diego was without the services of junior De'Jon Jackson (knee) and three suspended players (Gyno Pomare, Trumaine Johnson, Clinton Houston).

  • Sophomore forward Rob Jones turned in a solid performance, pacing the Toreros with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jones, an All-WCC freshman team member, connected on 8-of-16 shots from the field and also dished out four assists.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson tossed in 14 points and dished out five assists. Johnson ranks third on USD's career assists list with 403.

  • USD hosts Nevada (11/18) before participating in the Paradise Jam Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 2-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco opened the season with wins over Hawaii (75-70) and Texas State (88-74) to win the Verizon Wireless Tipoff Classic. The win over Hawaii was the Dons' first over the Warriors in Honolulu in nearly 28 years - a 98-95 December 6, 1980.

  • Junior forward Blake Wallace dazzled in his San Francisco debut, scoring a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to go along with seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn captured all-tournament honors after turning in his first double-double of the season with a game-high 26 points and set a career-high with 13 rebounds in the Dons' win over Texas State.

  • USF plays at Cal (11/18) before hosting Academy of Art (11/21).
  • Overall Record: 1-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara opened the season with a 68-40 win over Cal State East Bay before dropping a 64-61 decision to UAB in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Tucson, AZ.

  • Senior center John Bryant led the Broncos with 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds versus UAB. Bryant, who has posted double-doubles in the Broncos' first two games, leads the conference in rebounding with 13.0 rpg, while ranking seventh in scoring with 18.0 ppg, and third in field goal percentage (.667).

  • Junior guard Perry Petty, a transfer from Allen County Community College, has been a solid addition to the Broncos. Petty scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field versus UAB, and added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the Broncos' season opener.

  • SCU wraps up play at the NIT Season Tip-Off against Florida Atlantic (11/18).