Nov. 27, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga University
Gonzaga sophomore forward Josh Heytvelt earned WCC Player of the Week honors for his performance in guiding the Bulldogs to a 2-1 record, including an 82-74 upset win over then-No. 2 North Carolina. Heytvelt started the week with a dominating effort versus the Tar Heels, dropping in 19 points, grabbing eight boards, and blocking four shots. He followed that performance with 16 points and eight rebounds versus Butler. The Clarkston, WA native ended the week with 16 points and 11 rebounds in GU's win over Idaho.
Monday, November 27
Portland at Portland State - 7:00 PM
Northern Arizona at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
San Jose State at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, November 29
Loyola Marymount at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
Portland at Washington State - 7:00 PM
San Jose State at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State - 7:00 PM
Hawai'i at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM
San Francisco at Pacific - 7:30 PM %
Thursday, November 30
Portland State at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM &
Friday, December 1
6San Francisco vs. Southeastern Louisiana - 5:00 PM
7Santa Clara vs. Alabama State - 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 2
San Diego at Central Michigan - 11:00 AM
8Gonzaga vs. Texas - 12:00 PM $
Pepperdine at Oklahoma State - 1:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Seton Hall - 1:00 PM
7Santa Clara at Missouri State - 5:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at USC - 6:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Portland - 7:00 PM
6San Francisco at New Mexico State - 7:00 PM
6 New Mexico State Tournament; 7 Missouri State Tournament; 8 Basketball Hall of Fame Tournament; % Televised on Comcast SportsNet; & Televised on FSN Northwest/KHQ; $ Televised on ESPN
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Bulldogs earned an 82-74 win over then-No. 2 North Carolina in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off, before falling to Butler, 79-71, in the championship game. The Zags bounced back to down Idaho, 76-51.
- The win over the Vandals extended the Zags' national best home court winning streak to 43 consecutive games.
- Sophomore Josh Heytvelt proved he is one of the top forwards in the country, dominating UNC sophomore preseason All-American Tyler Hansbrough with 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
- Freshman guard Matt Bouldin leads the Bulldogs with 4.14 apg.
- GU hosts Portland State (11/30) before squaring off against Texas (12/2) in Phoenix, AZ.
Loyola Marymount Lions (5-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions advanced to the finals of the Great Alaskan Shootout with a 69-58 win over host Alaska Anchorage and an 88-85 double-overtime win versus Pacific, before falling to Cal, 78-70, in the title game.
- Senior guard Brandon Worthy, picked as one of the top returning players in the WCC by the league coaches, poured in a career-high 32 points on 10-for-16 shooting in the Lions' win over the Tigers. For his efforts, Worthy, along with fellow senior Matthew Knight, was named to the all-tournament team. After his big week, Worthy increased his WCC-leading scoring average to 21.0 ppg.
- Senior guard Adoyah Miller set his career-high in scoring in back-to-back games versus Pacific and Cal with 16 and 17 points, respectively.
- The Lions play at UC Santa Barbara (11/29) and USC (12/2) this week.
Pepperdine Waves (1-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped a pair of games last week, falling to UC Santa Barbara, 89-80, in double-overtime, before dropping a 68-66 contest at UC Irvine.
- Junior Kingsley Costain led the Waves with 20 points versus UCSB, while senior Jason Walberg chipped in 17. Walberg, son of Head Coach Vance Walberg, forced two extra frames versus the Gauchos with a short jumper at the end of regulation and a three in the first overtime.
- Walberg suffered a knee injury in practice last Friday. Walberg helped Saint Mary's to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 before suffering an ACL injury in the Gaels' first round contest versus Southern Illinois.
- Costain leads the WCC in three-point percentage (54.8) and three-point field goals (17).
- The Waves travel to Stillwater, OK to take on Oklahoma State (12/2).
Portland Pilots (2-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots suffered a 79-50 setback at BYU in their lone game last week.
- No Pilot reached double digits versus the Cougars as junior forward Sherrard Watson and sophomore forward Jamie Jones paced the Pilots with eight points each. Senior center Kevin Field grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds off the bench.
- Jones has enjoyed an outstanding start to his sophomore campaign, leading the Pilots in scoring (11.7 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), and field goal percentage (56.4).
- Jones ranks in the top five in the WCC in FG percentage (56.4) and rebounding (6.5).
- The Pilots have a busy week ahead of them, playing at cross-town rival Portland State (11/27) and at Washington State (11/29), before returning to The Bluff to host UCSB (12/2).
Saint Mary's Gaels (4-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Gaels posted a 1-1 record last week, defeating TCU, 74-53, before suffering a 72-59 setback versus Cal Poly.
- Freshman center Omar Samhan paced the Gaels in both games, setting a career-high with 16 points versus TCU, before breaking that mark with 17 points versus Cal Poly. Samhan leads all WCC freshmen with 10.0 ppg.
- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson tallied six blocks on the week, turning away three shots in both SMC games. Simpson leads the WCC in blocks with 2.86 bpg.
- Junior guard Todd Golden is a perfect 15-for-15 from the free throw line this season.
- The Gaels host Bay Area rival San Jose State (11/29) before heading across the country to play at Seton Hall (12/2).
San Diego Toreros (2-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego dropped a 64-49 decision at Texas- San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.
- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis led the Toreros in the loss, posting 13 points and two assists in 35 minutes.
- San Antonio held San Diego to just 24.5 percent shooting from the field, including 3-19 from three-point range.
- Brandon Johnson and Chris Lewis joined DeRogatis in double digits in scoring with 11 points apiece.
- San Diego looks to get back on track, hosting crosstown rival San Diego State on Wednesday before heading to Central Michigan on Saturday.
San Francisco Dons (2-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Francisco lost to UNLV 96-88 in Las Vegas to fall to 2-3 on the season.
- Sophomore guard Manny Quezada recorded a career-high 25 points to lead USF in the loss to the Rebels. Quezada went 9-14 from the floor, including 3-6 from three-point range. The Rutgers transfer is fourth in the WCC in scoring (17.6 ppg) and first in assists (6.0 apg).
- All five starters for the Dons hit double digits in scoring, combining for 77 points. The USF bench was outscored 20-11 by the UNLV bench. San Francisco shot 56.1 percent for the game, its second best shooting game this season.
- USF hosts Northern Arizona tonight, then travels to Pacific (11/29), before playing in the New Mexico State Tournament, facing Southeastern Louisiana (12/1) and the host Lobos (12/2).
Santa Clara Broncos (2-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Broncos dropped a 78-70 decision to No. 21 Nevada at the Leavey Center last week.
- Senior center Sean Denison led Santa Clara with 23 points in 30 minutes. Denison was nearly perfect, hitting 10 of his 11 shots from the field. Denison has enjoyed a strong start to his senior campaign, leading the Broncos and ranking third in the WCC in scoring with 17.8 ppg. He is also the WCC's most efficient scorer, leading the conference in field goal percentage with a 68.8 percent clip.
- John Bryant and Danny Pariseau joined Denison in double figures. Bryant posted a 10 point-11 rebound double-double, while Pariseau chipped in 13 points.
- SCU hosts San Jose State tonight in a Rivalry Series matchup, then welcomes Hawai'i (11/29), before traveling to face Alabama State (12/1) and Missouri State (12/2) in Springfield, MO.