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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Nov. 27, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Saint Mary's Patty Mills Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's freshman guard Patty Mills was spectacular last week for the Gaels, leading them to a 2-0 record, including a 99-87 upset win over then-No. 11 Oregon. In just his fourth collegiate game, Mills tossed in a Saint Mary's freshman record 37 points against the Ducks. Equally impressive was his floor leadership as the Canberra, Australia native dished out a game-high five assists, while committing just one turnover. Mills followed that performance with an 11-point, five-assist effort in the Gaels' 84-63 win over Nicholls State.

WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nov. 28
Pepperdine at Northern Arizona - 5:35 PM
San Diego at Boise State - 6:00 PM
San Diego State at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
Portland State at Portland - 7:00 PM
Utah Valley State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM

Nov. 29
Gonzaga at Saint Joseph's - 5:00 PM
Santa Clara at Eastern Washington - 7:00 PM

Nov. 30
9Pepperdine vs. Texas-Pan American - 4:00 PM

Dec. 1
10Gonzaga vs. Connecticut - 12:30 PM
Seton Hall at Saint Mary's - 4:00 PM
Santa Clara at Utah State - 6:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
BYU at Portland - 7:00 PM
Boise State at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
9Pepperdine vs. TBD - TBA

Dec. 2
Hawai'i at San Diego - 2:00 PM

9 Montana State GranTree Inn Classic; 10 Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge

THE WCC'S DIAPER DANDIES
The WCC's freshman class is proving to be one of the conference's best in years. Four of the WCC's eight schools have freshmen leading them in scoring, while two have freshmen leading them in rebounding. Meanwhile, eight freshmen are ranked in the top 20 in the conference in scoring and rebounding. Below are just some of the accomplishments by WCC freshmen this season.

  • Four freshmen lead their respective teams in scoring.
    (Austin Daye, GON; Orlando Johnson, LMU; Tyrone Shelley, PEP; Patty Mills, SMC)

  • Two freshmen lead their respective teams in rebounding.
    (Malcolm Thomas, PEP; Luke Sikma, POR)

  • Four freshmen are ranked in the top 10 in the WCC in scoring.
    (Tyrone Shelley, PEP; Patty Mills, SMC; Malcolm Thomas, PEP; Austin Daye, GON)

  • Pepperdine freshman Malcolm Thomas and Portland freshman Luke Sikma rank 1-2 in the WCC in rebounding.

  • SMC freshman Patty Mills and San Francisco freshman Myron Strong rank 1-2 in the WCC in steals. Mills also leads the WCC free throw percentage (.962), and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.50).

  • Gonzaga freshman Austin Daye leads the WCC in overall blocks (15).

  • Top two scoring performances in the WCC this season are by freshmen.
  • WCC TEAM NOTES

    Gonzaga Bulldogs (5-1 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Zags defeated Western Kentucky (74-71) and Virginia Tech (82-64), but suffered their first loss of the season in a 73-63 setback to Texas Tech last week in the Great Alaska Shootout.

    - Sophomore Matt Bouldin turned in a strong tournament, leading the Bulldogs in scoring against Western Kentucky (18 points) and Virginia Tech (20 points).

    - The three games last week marked the first time this season that freshman Austin Daye didn't lead the Zags in scoring. Daye still leads Gonzaga in scoring with 13.8 ppg

    - Jeremy Pargo dished out a WCC-high 13 assists and added 10 points against the Hokies.

    - The Bulldogs travel to Saint Joseph's (11/29) before taking on Connecticut (12/1) at the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge in Boston, MA.

    Loyola Marymount Lions (2-4 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Lions earned a 97-92 overtime win versus Mercer, which defeated USC to start the year, in Macon, GA.

    - Freshman guard Orlando Johnson tossed in a team-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Johnson also tallied game highs in rebounds (nine) and assists (five).

    - Johnson, who leads the Lions with 12.5 ppg, has been coming on strong for LMU, averaging 20.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, and 3.0 apg over the Lions' last three games.

    - LMU's 97 points is its best offensive output since the Lions scored 101 points on Jan. 29, 1999 in a win over Saint Mary's.

    - The Lions host San Diego State (11/28) and UC Santa Barbara (12/1) this week.

    Pepperdine Waves (2-4 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Waves earned their first two wins of the season, edging Long Beach State 92-81 in overtime before earning a 90-80 win over Cal State Bakersfield.

    - Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed nine boards in leading the Waves past the 49ers. Shelley, who scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds versus CSUB, has been as good as advertised. The highly touted freshman from San Diego leads the Waves in scoring with 16.2 ppg to go along with 7.7 rpg.

    - Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas posted his WCC-leading third double-double of the season with 20 points and 16 rebounds versus Long Beach State. Thomas is the lone player in the WCC averaging a double-double with 14.3 ppg and 11.3 rpg.

    - The Waves continue their 10-game road trip at Northern Arizona (11/28) before opening the Montana State tournament versus Texas-Pan American (11/30).

    Portland Pilots (2-4 / 0-0 WCC)
    - UP defeated Idaho State, 76-52, before falling to Oregon State, 67-57.

    - Portland played without sophomore point guard Taishi Ito, who returned to his home in Japan on Friday. Ito's father passed away on Thanksgiving Day after a long battle with a brain tumor. There is no timetable set for his return to the team.

    - Freshman forward Luke Sikma continued to impress, nearly registering double-doubles in both games. Sikma tallied 10 points and nine rebounds versus Idaho State before tossing in 11 points and snagging nine rebounds against the Beavers. Sikma leads the Pilots and ranks second in the WCC in rebounding with 10.2 rpg.

    - Senior Sherrard Watson scored a game-high 18 points in the win over Idaho State.

    - The Pilots host cross-town rival Portland State (11/28) and BYU (12/1) this week.

    Saint Mary's Gaels (5-0 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Gaels improved to 5-0 on the season by upsetting No. 11 Oregon, 99-87, and downing Nicholls State, 84-63. At 5-0, the Gaels are off to the school's best start since winning its first five games in the 1993-94 season.

    - In just his fourth collegiate game, freshman point guard Patty Mills had the best scoring output by a freshman in program history with 37 points, and also had five assists, two steals and only one turnover in 37 minutes versus the Ducks. Mills, the youngest player to ever be invited to the Australian National Team training camp, leads the Gaels and ranks sixth in the WCC in scoring (15.8 ppg) and third in assists (5.0 apg).

    - The Gaels, who have four players scoring in double figures, lead the WCC in scoring at 86.2 ppg and pace the conference with 9.40 three-pointers made per game.

    - Saint Mary's hosts Seton Hall (12/1) in its lone game this week.

    San Diego Toreros (3-4 / 0-0 WCC)
    - San Diego suffered defeats to San Diego State (69-64), USC (60-50), and South Alabama (77-55), before bouncing back to defeat UC Irvine (60-57).

    - Junior forward Gyno Pomare notched his third double-double of the season with game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Toreros' setback versus San Diego State. Pomare leads the WCC with three double-doubles on the season.

    - Junior guard Brandon Johnson notched his 300th career assist in San Diego's win over UC Irvine, moving into sole possession of fifth place on the Toreros' all-time chart. Johnson needs just 11 more assists to tie Brock Jacobsen (1995-99) for fourth place. David Fizdale (1992-96) is the Toreros' all-time leader in assists with 465.

    - The Toreros travel to Boise State (11/28) before hosting Hawai'i (12/2) this weekend.

    San Francisco Dons (2-3 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Dons dropped road games at UC Santa Barbara, 74-69, and at No. 11 Oregon, 110-79.

    - Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn continued to impress, leading the Dons in scoring in both games. Lowhorn tossed in 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds against UC Santa Barbara before netting 29 points on 13-of-21 shooting against the Ducks.

    - Lowhorn has been better than advertised for the Dons, leading the WCC in scoring with 25.0 ppg. The San Francisco native also ranks fifth in the conference in rebounding with 8.6 rpg, while shooting .520 percent from the floor.

    - Junior guard Manny Quezada scored a team-high 30 points against Oregon.

    - The Dons host Utah Valley State (11/28) and Boise State (12/1) this week.

    Santa Clara Broncos (4-1 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Broncos earned a pair of road wins last week, defeating Utah 72-57, before downing Sacramento State, 77-65.

    - Junior center John Bryant turned in brilliant week for the Broncos. Despite being limited to just 14 minutes against the Utes, Bryant scored 17 points and grabbed a team-best six rebounds. Bryant was unstoppable against the Hornets, tossing in a game-high 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting, while pulling down a game-best 12 rebounds. Bryant also added a WCC-high seven blocks.

    - Bryant is enjoying a monster junior season, ranking second in the WCC in scoring (23.6 ppg), third in rebounding (9.0 rpg), first in field goal percentage (.696), and tied for first in blocks (2.80 bpg).

    - SCU plays at Eastern Washington (11/29) and at Utah State (12/1) this week.