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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 21, 2006

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ben Sullivan, University of Portland
Portland senior forward Ben Sullivan is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performance in the Pilots' first two wins of the season. Sullivan scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in the Pilots' 59-53 win over Montana State. The Lake Oswego, OR native followed that performance with his second double-double of the season, tossing in 16 points to go along with 10 boards in UP's 76-72 win over UC Davis. On the week, Sullivan averaged 14 ppg to go along with 12 rpg on 60 percent shooting from the field.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 21
UC Santa Barbara at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
TCU at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 22
4Gonzaga at North Carolina - 6:00 PM $
Portland at BYU - 6:00 PM
5Loyola Marymount at Alaska-Anchorage - 8:30 PM $

Friday, November 24
4Gonzaga at NIT - TBD $
5Loyola Marymount vs. TBA - TBD !

Saturday, November 25
Pepperdine at UC Irvine - 7:00 PM
Nevada at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at UNLV - 7:30 PM
5Loyola Marymount vs. TBA - TBD $

Sunday, November 26
San Diego at UT-San Antonio - 12:00 PM
Idaho at Gonzaga - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Cal Poly - 5:00 PM

4 NIT Tip-Off Classic; 5 Great Alaska Shootout; $ Televised on ESPN2; ! Televised on ESPNU

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-0 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Zags advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Tip-Off Classic with wins over Rice (88-50) and Baylor (78-69), before defeating Texas-San Antonio to extended its home winning streak to a national-best 42 games.

- Sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt has been spectacular in the Zags' first four games, averaging a team-best 17.5 ppg to go along with 5.8 rpg.

- Newcomers Abdullahi Kuso and Matt Bouldin have played significant roles in the Zags' wins. Kuso, a junior college transfer, has averaged 9.2 ppg to go along with 5.5 rpg in the Bulldogs' first four games. Bouldin, the Zags' heralded freshman guard from Colorado, has showcased an all-around game with 7.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg, while leading the team in assists (4.25 apg).

- GU travels to Madison Square Garden to take on No. 2 ranked North Carolina (11/22) in semifinal action of the NIT Tip-Off Classic. The Zags will then face either Tennessee or Butler.

Loyola Marymount Lions (3-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- LMU bounced back from a 61-37 setback at Mississippi State to defeat New Mexico State, 71-69, and cruise past Cal State Bakersfield, 83-75.

- Senior guard Brandon Worthy nailed an off-balanced three to lift the Lions over New Mexico State. The triple capped a 28-point, eight-rebound effort for Worthy in the win. Worthy leads the WCC in scoring with 19.2 ppg.

- Senior forward Matthew Knight had his first double-double of the season with 26 points and 16 rebounds in the Lions' win over Cal State Bakersfield. It was Knight's 20th career double-double, tying former LMU standout Ime Oduok for fifth all-time in program history.

- Graduate transfer Derick Grubb has had an immediate impact for LMU, averaging 8.3 ppg.

- The Lions next compete at the Great Alaska Shootout (11/22-11/25).

Pepperdine Waves (1-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves fell to Northern Iowa (83-58) and Cal State Northridge (95-92), but defeated Nicholls State (98-83) for their first win of the season.

- Under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Vance Walberg, the Waves are averaging 84.8 ppg, the second highest clip in the conference. Last season, Pepperdine ranked last in scoring offense with just 66.0 ppg.

- Senior guard Marvin Lea has been the biggest beneficiary of the Waves' new up-tempo style of play, ranking second in the conference in scoring with 19.0 ppg. Lea, who averaged just 2.2 ppg last season, leads the WCC with 11 three-point field goals and ranks third in three-point accuracy with a 52.4 percentage.

- The Waves return to Malibu to host UC Santa Barbara (11/21) in their season home-opener before traveling to UC Irvine (11/25).

Portland Pilots (2-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland picked up its first two wins of the season, defeating Montana State, 59-53, before downing UC Davis, 76-72.

- Junior forward Sherrard Watson scored a career-high 20 points in the Pilots' win over Montana State. Watson did one better versus UC Davis, setting a new career-high with 21 points in UP's win over the Aggies. The two scoring outbursts increased Watson's scoring average to 10.4 ppg.

- Senior Ben Sullivan notched back-to-back double-doubles over the weekend for the Pilots. Sullivan scored 12 points to go along with a career-high 14 boards versus Montana State, before chipping in 16 points and hauling in 10 rebounds versus UC Davis. Sullivan ranks second in the WCC with two double-doubles.

- Portland travels to BYU (11/22) in the Pilots' lone game this week.

Saint Mary's Gaels (3-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's cruised past Cal State Monterey Bay, 89-41, before dropping a 69-63 decision at USC.

- Freshman center Omar Samhan had a career-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds in the Gaels' win over the Otters, before scoring eight points and grabbing seven boards versus the Trojans. The seven-footer from San Ramon, CA is averaging 7.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg through the Gaels' first five games.

- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson has blocked a league-high 14 shots. Last season, Simpson turned away 45 shots to rank second in the WCC.

- Junior guard Todd Golden is a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line this season.

- The Gaels host TCU (11/21) before traveling to Cal Poly (11/26).

San Diego Toreros (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego defeated UC San Diego, 74-69, and Point Loma, 74-51, before dropping a 69-55 decision at Loyola Chicago.

- Sophomore center Gyno Pomare tallied his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Point Loma. Pomare, an All-WCC freshman team selection last season, is off to a strong start, leading the Toreros with 15.0 ppg, while ranking third in the WCC in rebounding (7.3 rpg), and second in blocked shots (2.67 bpg).

- USD will be without the services of senior forward/center Nir Cohen for an estimated four to six weeks after he suffered a fracture to the third metacarpal (middle finger) in his left hand prior to the Toreros' contest versus Point Loma. Cohen was averaging 14.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg while shooting 60 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line.

- The Toreros play at Texas-San Antonio (11/26) later this week.

San Francisco Dons (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Dons have dropped back-to-back decisions to Fresno State (86-66) and at No. 3 Ohio State (82-60).

- Senior Alan Wiggins, Jr. led the Dons with a pair of double-doubles last week. Against Sacramento State, Wiggins, Jr. scored 21 points and pulled 13 rebounds. He followed that up with 13 points and 10 boards versus Fresno State. Wiggins, Jr. is the only player in the WCC averaging a double-double with 14.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg.

- Rutgers transfer Manny Quezada has enjoyed a strong start on The Hilltop, ranking eighth in the WCC in scoring with 15.8 ppg. Quezada has shot the ball extremely well, ranking fifth in the WCC in field goal percentage (53.8), while leading the league in assists (6.25 apg).

- San Francisco wraps up its two-game road trip later this week when the Dons play at UNLV (11/25).

Santa Clara Broncos (2-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos earned their first two wins of the season, defeating Holy Names, 83-51, before downing Utah, 83-72. SCU suffered its first loss of the season at Cal, 73-48.

- Senior center Sean Denison scored a career-high 20 points in SCUs' win over Utah.

- Senior transfer Danny Pariseau has made an immediate impact this season for SCU. Through two games, the former Eastern Washington point guard has dished out 17 assists and committed only four turnovers to rank third in the WCC with 5.7 apg, while also averaging 7.3 ppg.

- SCU is one of the most balanced rebounding teams in the conference, ranking second in the WCC in rebounding margin. Junior Mitch Henke leads the team in rebounding with 5.3 rpg.

- Santa Clara hosts No. 20 Nevada (11/25) later this week.