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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 24, 2008

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WCC TEAMS CONTINUE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
WCC men's basketball teams continue non-conference play heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. Gonzaga and Saint Mary's begin play in two competitive tournaments, with the Zags participating in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida, while the Gaels travel to Southern California to compete in the Anaheim Classic.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego vs. Miami U.S. Virgin Islands
3:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Wagner Staten Island, NY
4:00 PM
Santa Clara at Georgia Athens, GA
5:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara vs. Arizona Athens, GA
2:45 PM
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's vs. UTEP Anaheim, CA
11:00 AM
Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State Orlando, FL
6:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's vs. TBA Anaheim, CA
TBA
Gonzaga vs. TBA Orlando, FL
TBA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego Christian at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM
Colorado State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Arkansas-Little Rock Little Rock, AR
5:00 PM
Nevada at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
CS Bakersfield at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:30 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at Montana Missoula, MT
2:00 PM
Santa Clara at Montana Missoula, MT
2:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. TBA Anaheim, CA
TBA
Gonzaga vs. TBA Orlando, FL
TBA

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: Saint Mary's Patrick Mills Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's sophomore guard Patrick Mills averaged 21.5 points, guiding the Gaels to a 2-0 week with wins over Fresno State and Vanguard. Mills went 16-for-31 on the floor (51.6 percent) and averaged three assists and three steals on the weekend. Against Fresno State, Mills scored a game-high 27 points, marking his 10th career 20-point game in 34 games as a Gael. In the game against Vanguard, he notched a game-high 16 points.

WCC In The Rankings
Gonzaga moved up one spot in the ESPN/USA Today poll to No. 10 and remained at No. 9 in the AP poll. The Gaels are knocking on the door of the top 25, ranked No. 27 in the Coaches poll (43 votes) and No. 28 in the AP poll (111 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
T.J. Campbell, POR                JR      G        20 pts, 5 rebs, 4 asts at UC DavisRob Jones, USD                    SO      F        23 pts, 10-of-12 FG vs. NevadaManny Quezada, USF                SR      G        27 pts, 10-of-12 FG vs. CalOmar Samhan, SMC                  JR      C        18 pts, 13 rebs, 2 blks vs Fresno State

WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 2-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga improved to 2-0 on the season with an 80-46 win over Idaho. The Zags are 54-2 in the McCarthey Athletic Center since it opened in the 2004-05 season.

  • Senior Micah Downs tossed in a game-high 18 points to lead the Zags versus Idaho.

  • Jeremy Pargo dished out eight more assists in the win over the Vandals. On the season, Pargo has handed out 18 assists and committed only three turnovers. He now ranks fourth on Gonzaga's career assists chart with 440, trailing Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554).

  • Austin Daye leads four Zags in double figure scoring with 15.5 ppg.

  • GU heads to Orlando to participate in the challenging Old Spice Classic (11/27-11/30).
  • Overall Record: 0-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions dropped a hard-fought 66-54 decision to No. 8 Notre Dame.

  • First-year Head Coach Bill Bayno announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from the team, citing a serious medical condition. Assistant Coach Max Good will serve as acting head coach during Bayno's leave.

  • The Lions have faced a great deal of adversity in the early going, not only losing their head coach, but LMU will be without the services of their leading scorer and rebounding, Vernon Teel. Teel broke his right foot against the Irish and will be out four to six weeks. In addition, their top returning player Tim Diederichs, who has played limited minutes due to an injured shoulder, missed the first game of his career against Notre Dame.

  • The Lions hit the road this week playing first at Wagner (11/24) before traveling to Arkansas-Little Rock (11/29).
  • Overall Record: 1-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves had a challenging week, falling to BYU (82-53), New Mexico State (90-66), and No. 15 Arizona State (61-40).

  • Of the 13 players that saw action for the Waves against New Mexico State, 10 were freshmen or sophomores, and eight are new to the roster.

  • Freshman forward Taylor Darby recorded the Waves' first double-double of the season with team highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds in Pepperdine's setback versus New Mexico State.

  • Sophomore Mychel Thompson leads the Waves in scoring with 11.6 ppg. Thompson has been near automatic at the free throw line, knocking down 11-of-12 shots for a 91.7 percent clip, while connecting on 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

  • The Waves return home to host Cal State Bakersfield (11/29).
  • Overall Record: 3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots fell to cross-town rival Portland State, 81-76, but bounced back to defeat Yale, 77-58, and UC Davis, 75-72.

  • All five UP starters reached double figures in scoring versus Yale, while four reached double digits versus UC Davis. At least four Pilots have reached double figures in scoring in all four games.

  • Junior point guard T.J. Campbell scored 20 points to lead the Pilots to the win over UC Davis. Campbell, who added five rebounds, four assists and three steals, has enjoyed a strong start to his career on the Bluff, averaging 10.8 ppg, while leading the team in assists with 5.75 apg.

  • Sophomore Jared Stohl tossed in a career-high 17 points in the win over the Aggies.

  • Portland hosts Nevada (11/29) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 3-0
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's opened the week with an impressive 99-85 win over Fresno State on Monday before cruising past Vanguard, 86-54.

  • 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 the Gaels in scoring in both games, scoring 27 points versus Fresno State, before tossing in 16 points against Vanguard.

  • Junior center Ben Allen, a transfer from Indiana, has made an immediate impact on the Gaels' squad, averaging 8.0 ppg, while pulling down 4.3 rpg and registering 1.3 bpg.

  • The Gaels have a challenging week ahead of them as they travel to Anaheim to play in the 76 Classic (11/27-11/30).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros posted a 2-1 record last week, defeating WAC preseason favorite Nevada, 65-51, and Valparaiso, 73-66, before falling to No. 25 Wisconsin, 64-49.

  • Sophomore forward Rob Jones was the catalyst in the Toreros' win over Nevada as he scored a game-high 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting, while pulling down five boards. Jones ranks second on the team with 13.5 ppg, while leading the team in rebounding (6.5 rpg).

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson led USD with 19 points in the setback versus Wisconsin. Johnson leads the Toreros with 15.0 ppg and needs just 136 more points to become the school's all-time scoring leader.

  • San Diego wraps up play at the Paradise Jam Tournament versus No. 16 Miami (11/24) before hosting San Diego Christian (11/29) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco dropped a tough 87-74 decision at Bay Area rival Cal, but bounced back to crush Academy of Art, 74-23.

  • Senior guard Manny Quezada tossed in a game-high 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field in the setback versus the Golden Bears. After scoring seven points against the Academy of Art, Quezada matched Naismith Hall-of-Famer K.C. Jones (1951-56) for 35th place on the San Francisco career scoring list with 893 points. James Lee (1998-01) sits at No. 34 with 919 career points.

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn is closing in on 1,000 combined career points and enters Monday's contest against UC Santa Barbara with 954 points with 724 coming at USF and 230 at Texas Tech.

  • USF hosts UC Santa Barbara (11/24) and Colorado State (11/29) this week.
  • Overall Record: 1-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped the first two games of the NIT Season Tip-Off, falling to UAB, 64-61, and to Florida Atlantic, 65-61.

  • Senior center John Bryant is averaging a double-double this year with 20.3 ppg, good for second in the WCC, while hauling in a conference-best 11.0 rpg. He has 26 double-doubles in his career, including two this season. In addition, Bryant ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage (.659) and blocks (2.0 bpg).

  • Freshman guard James Rahon is the Broncos' second leading scorer at 10.0 ppg off the bench. Rahon is also tied for the team-lead in assists with 2.3 apg and has only turned the ball over once so far this season.

  • Santa Clara travels to Athens, GA to compete in the consolation bracket of the Dick Sporting Good NIT Season Tip-Off where the Broncos will face Georgia (11/24) and Arizona (11/25).