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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 19, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: San Francisco's Dior Lowhorn Earns Weekly Honor
San Francisco sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn was spectacular in the Dons' home-opening 93-63 win versus Sacramento State. Lowhorn tossed in a career and game-high 30 points on 13-of-21 (.619) shooting from the field. Lowhorn, a transfer from Texas Tech, also added a game-high nine rebounds, blocked two shots and handed out two assists to lead the Dons past the Hornets. The San Francisco, CA native connected on 1-of-1 from the three-point line and 3-of-3 from the free throw line.


Nov. 19
Santa Clara at Utah - 6:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Nov. 20
Oregon at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM

Nov. 21
Long Beach State at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM

Nov. 22
6Gonzaga vs. Western Kentucky - 8:30 PM
7San Diego vs. USC - 9:00 PM

Nov. 23
6Gonzaga vs. TBD - TBA
7San Diego vs. TBD - TBA

Nov. 24
Loyola Marymount at Mercer - 11:00 AM
Nicholls State at Saint Mary's - 1:00 PM
8Portland vs. Idaho State - 5:30 PM
6Gonzaga vs. TBD - TBA
San Francisco at Oregon - TBA

Nov. 25
Pepperdine at Cal State Bakersfield - 2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Sacramento State - 2:00 PM
Portland at Oregon State - 4:00 PM
7San Diego vs. TBD - TBA

6 Great Alaska Shootout; 7 Anaheim Classic; 8 Game Played at Oregon State


Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga cruised past Idaho, 80-43, and UC Riverside, 84-48, to improve to 3-0 on the season.

- Freshman Austin Daye continued his impressive start to the season, leading the Zags in scoring in both games with 18 and 16 points. Daye also collected nine blocks on the weekend, including a career high six in the Bulldogs' win over Idaho. He enters the week tied for the WCC lead in blocks with 3.67 bpg. Daye has also been phenomenal at the free throw line, knocking down a WCC-best 21 free throws, while his .840 (21-of-25) shooting clip from the charity stripe is the seventh best average in the conference.

- Gonzaga has limited opponents to a WCC-low .331 shooting percentage.

- The Bulldogs travel to Anchorage, AK to participate in the Great Alaska Shootout where they will open the tournament versus Western Kentucky (11/22).

Loyola Marymount Lions (1-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions had an extremely busy week, dropping games to Arkansas-Little Rock (71-40), St. Bonaventure (61-50), and New Mexico (86-58), but earned their first win of the season with an 83-76 victory over Presbyterian.

- Freshman guard Orlando Johnson tossed in a career-high 23 points and grabbed seven boards to lead the Lions to the win over Presbyterian. Johnson has been impressive in the early going, leading LMU in scoring with 10.8 ppg, while ranking second on the squad in rebounding with 5.2 rpg.

- Senior Jon Ziri registered his first career double-double in the Lions' setback versus New Mexico with career-highs of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ziri has displayed an all-around game, chipping in 8.2 ppg, grabbing a team-best 6.6 rpg, and handing out a team-high 3.2 apg.

- The Lions travel to Macon, GA to take on Mercer (11/24) in their lone game this week.

Pepperdine Waves (0-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped an 84-76 decision to Pacific to wrap up the Oregon World Vision Invitational before suffering a 97-89 setback against Cal State Northridge in their home opener.

- Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley tossed in a career-high 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, in the Waves' loss to CSUN. Shelley added seven rebounds and two steals and did all this in just 23 minutes. The highly touted freshman out of San Diego is leading the Waves in scoring with 16.0 ppg to go along with 5.8 rpg.

- Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas had his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds against Cal State Northridge. Thomas is the only player in the WCC averaging a double-double with 12.5 ppg and 10.8 rpg.

- The Waves host Long Beach State (11/21) before playing at Cal State Bakersfield (11/25).

Portland Pilots (1-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots fell to in-state rival Oregon, 85-61, on Saturday.

- Four Pilots reached double figures in the loss led by sophomore point guard Taishi Ito's 13.

- Senior Sherrard Watson and sophomore Robin Smeulders each finished with 12 points for the Pilots, while sophomore Nik Raivio added 11. Smeulders has now reached double figures in all four games this season and leads UP in scoring with 14.0 ppg to go along with 6.8 rpg.

- Freshman forward Luke Sikma leads the Pilots and is tied for the WCC lead in rebounding with 10.8 rpg. Sikma, the son of former NBA standout Jack Sikma, is one of the best passing big men, leading the Pilots and ranking fifth in the WCC with 4.25 apg.

- The Pilots take on Idaho State (11/24) and Oregon State (11/25) in Corvallis, OR.

Saint Mary's Gaels (3-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 94-66, in their lone game last week.

- Sophomore center Omar Samhan tossed in a career-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor against the Roadrunners. Samhan, who also added six rebounds and collected four blocks, leads the Gaels in scoring (16.3 ppg) and blocks (3.67 bpg), while ranking second on the team in rebounding (8.0 rpg).

- Freshman point guard Patrick Mills has been impressive in the early going for the Gaels, chipping in 10.3 ppg, while leading the WCC in assists (T-1st 5.00 apg) and steals (4.00 spg). Mills was named Australia's U-21 Player of the Year and became the youngest player to ever be invited to Australia's National Team "The Boomers" training camp.

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

San Diego Toreros (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego defeated Cal State Monterey Bay, 87-76, before dropping a 66-55 decision to UNLV.

- Junior forward Gyno Pomare scored a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds versus UNLV for his second double-double this season.

- Pomare has grabbed more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds, snagging 14 of his 27 boards on the offensive end. His 4.67 offensive rebounds per game leads the WCC.

- Junior wing Ray Murdock has been on fire from beyond the arc to start the season, knocking down 7-of-12 (.583) from the three-point line.

- San Diego hosts cross-town rival San Diego State (11/19) before opening the Anaheim Classic versus USC (11/22).

San Francisco Dons (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Dons cruised past Sacramento State, 93-63, in their home opener.

- Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn continued his torrid play, tossing in a career-high 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field to go along with nine rebounds and two blocks. Lowhorn has been better than advertised in the Dons' first three games, leading the team and tying for first in the WCC with 25.0 ppg, while leading the team and ranking third in the conference in rebounding with 9.3 rpg.

- Freshman guard Myron Strong tossed in a career-high 21 points versus Sacramento State on 9-of-17 shooting from the field. Strong, a high school teammate of fellow Don Jay Watkins at Hamilton HS in Memphis, TN, also tallied career-highs in assists (six) and steals (five).

- San Francisco travels to UC Santa Barbara (11/20) before traveling to Oregon to take on the Ducks (11/24).

Santa Clara Broncos (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos downed Simpson University, 82-55, before dropping a 67-54 decision at Nevada.

- Junior center John Bryant paced the Broncos in both games, scoring a career high 29 points and adding nine rebounds versus Simpson, before tossing in 20 points to go along with six boards against Nevada. Bryant is enjoying a strong start to the season, averaging a team-best 25.0 ppg to go along with 9.0 rpg. His 25.0 ppg is tied for first in the WCC, while his .652 field goal percentage leads the conference.

- Freshman forward Ben Dowdell handed out five assists against Nevada. Dowdell leads the Broncos and is tied for third in the WCC with 4.33 apg.

- Santa Clara continues its seven-game road trip as the Broncos play at Utah (11/19) before traveling to Sacramento State (11/25).