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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 1, 2008

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The WCC enjoyed a solid week in non-conference action, posting a 10-7 overall record against a very challenging schedule. Gonzaga highlighted the weekend by winning the tournament title of the Old Spice Classic. The win catapulted the Zags to No. 5 in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and the Associated Press poll.


All Times PST

San Diego at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at USC Los Angeles, CA
7:25 PM
Loyola Marymount at Arizona Tucson, AZ
6:00 PM
Pepperdine at Long Beach State Long Beach, CA
7:00 PM
Portland vs. Eastern Washington Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Jose State San Jose, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
7:30 PM
Saint Mary's at Kent State Kent, OH
4:00 PM
Gonzaga vs. Indiana Indianapolis, Ind. (Lucas Oil Stadium)
10:30 AM
Portland vs. Idaho Portland, OR
2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount vs. Wyoming Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Long Beach State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego at San Diego State San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
Santa Clara vs. Sacramento State Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM

WCC Player of the Week: Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo Earns Weekly Honor
Gonzaga senior point guard Jeremy Pargo earned WCC Player of the Week honors for his performance in leading the Zags to the tournament title of the Old Spice Classic. Pargo, the tournament MVP, averaged 12.0 ppg, while handing out 5.7 apg, and grabbing 4.7 rpg. In the title game against No. 12 Tennessee, Pargo tossed in 10 points, dished out seven assists, and grabbed six boards. The Chicago native only turned the ball over five times in the three games and posted a 3.4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.

WCC No. 6 In Conference RPI
The West Coast Conference is ranked No. 6 in the conference RPI, according to the latest CollegeRPI.com report. The WCC trails only the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, and the SEC, but is ahead of the Pac-10, Missouri Valley, A-10, the MWC, and Conference USA.

1. Big Ten - 0.6156
2. ACC - 0.6038
3. Big East - 0.5903
4. Big 12 - 0.5689
5. SEC - 0.5518
6. WEST COAST - 0.5457
7. Mountain West - 0.5452
8. Atlantic 10 - 0.5345
9. Missouri Valley - 0.5258
10. Pac-10 - 0.5200



Overall Record: 5-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • No. 9 Gonzaga won the Old Spice Classic last weekend, beating Oklahoma State (83-71), Maryland (81-59), and No. 12 Tennessee (83-74).

  • Senior guard Jeremy Pargo was named Old Spice Classic MVP, while senior forward Josh Heytvelt was selected to the all-tournament team. Pargo scored 10 points against Tennessee, while Heytvelt tallied 15. Heytvelt also had 22 points in the semifinal game against Maryland.

  • Against Tennessee, the Zags were led by sophomore Steven Gray and junior Matt Boudlin, who scored 19 and 17 points, respectively.

  • Sophomore Austin Daye recorded his third career double-double against Maryland, while senior Micah Downs scored 17 points to lead the Zags versus Oklahoma State.

  • Gonzaga travels to Indiana (12/6) for the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge this week.
  • Overall Record: 0-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions dropped both their games last week, falling at Wagner (51-72) and at Arkansas-Little Rock (59-67).

  • The Lions led for most of the game against Arkansas-Little Rock and even had a rebounding edge, 34-25. Freshman guard Jarred DuBois led the Lions with a career-high 23 point.

  • LMU has been significantly affected by its slimming roster. Adding to the loss of Head Coach Bill Bayno, leading scorer and rebounder Vernon Teel, and top returning player Tim Diederichs, junior transfer Larry Davis and sophomore Drew Viney will both be redshirting the season due to transfer rules, while redshirt sophomore Terron Sutton will be out due to a torn ACL. Also, freshman Ashley Hamilton suffered a back injury against Notre Dame and is expected to be out for the next four to six weeks. LMU is now down to just seven healthy scholarship players.

  • The Lions will face Arizona (12/2) before their homecoming game against Wyoming (12/6).
  • Overall Record: 1-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves lost in overtime to Cal State Bakersfield, 72-79, in their lone game last week.

  • Pepperdine was led by freshman guard Keion Bell, who scored 23 points and shared the team lead in rebounds (8) with freshman forward Taylor Darby.

  • Another member of the young squad, freshman guard Lorne Jackson, also stepped up for the Waves, tallying a season-high 17 points against the Roadrunners.

  • Last year, freshmen scored 63.6 percent of Pepperdine's points. It looks like the new group of freshmen may lead the way in 2008-09 as well. Right now they account for 49.4 percent of the scoring, compared to 33.1 percent by the sophomores and 17.6 percent by the seniors.

  • The Waves travel to Long Beach State (12/3) before taking on UC Irvine (12/7) at home.
  • Overall Record: 4-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland won its lone game of the week against Nevada (63-61), the Pilots' third straight victory at home and on the season.

  • Sophomore center Kramer Knutson scored a career-high 15 points, going six-for-seven from the floor. Knutson enters the week leading the WCC in field goal percentage (75 percent).

  • Junior point guard T.J. Campbell was the team's second leading scorer with 13 points and added six assists on the night. Campbell ranks second in the WCC in assists (5.8 apg).

  • Two other Pilots, juniors Nik Raivio and Robin Smeulders, recorded double-digit figures (11 and 10 points, respectively). As a team, Portland shot 48 percent from the field.

  • The Pilots will continue their three-game homestand against Eastern Washington (12/3) and University of Idaho (12/6).
  • Overall Record: 5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's went 2-1 in the 76 Classic last week, beating Cal State Fullerton (79-54) and Providence (81-75), and losing to UTEP (62-75).

  • Senior forward Diamon Simpson and redshirt junior center Omar Samhan posted double-doubles in the same game for the third time in their careers. Together, they helped to outrebound Cal State Fullerton 54-32.

  • Led by sophomore guard Patrick Mills' 24 points, four Saint Mary's starters scored in double figures against Providence, accounting for 75 of the Gaels' 81 points.

  • Saint Mary's continues to garner votes in both polls, receiving 11 votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and five in the Associated Press poll.

  • The Gaels will be on the road this week to compete against Kent State (12/4).
  • Overall Record: 3-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego sufffered an 80-45 loss to No. 16 Miami, leading to a fifth place finish at the Paradise Jam Tournament, but came back to win against San Diego Christian (82-48).

  • The Toreros were led in both games by junior forward Chris Lewis, who scored 11 points against Miami and a career-high 19 points against San Diego Christian.

  • Two other Toreros, junior Roberto Mafra and senior Brandon Johnson, scored in double figures in the win over San Diego Christian with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

  • With his 10 points against San Diego Christian, Johnson has scored in double digits in eight straight games dating to the end of last year

  • San Diego travels to CS Bakersfield (12/1) before hosting rival San Diego State (12/6).
  • Overall Record: 5-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco pulled out two close wins against UC Santa Barbara (73-72) and Colorado State (65-63) to improve to 5-1. The Dons are off to their best start in nearly a decade (1999-00).

  • Junior forward Dior Lowhorn led the Dons in both games, scoring 16 points against Colorado State and 17 points against Santa Barbara. Lowhorn is closing in on 1,000 career points and enters the week with 987 points with 757 coming at USF and 230 at Texas Tech.

  • Newcomers are playing a significant role for the Dons this season. Junior Blake Wallace, a transfer from Irvine Valley JC, ranks second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg) and rebounding (3.8 rpg). Freshman guard Kwame Vaughn ranks fourth in scoring (10.8 ppg).

  • USF now travels to USC (12/1) and Cal Poly (12/3) before taking on Long Beach State (12/6) at home.
  • Overall Record: 2-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 1-2 last weekend with a 54-48 loss to Georgia, a close 69-66 loss to Arizona, and a win over Montana (71-68).

  • Senior center John Bryant led the Broncos against Georgia as he recorded his 27th career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Against Arizona, Bryant led the team with 24 points on the night, and against Montana, scored 20 points with 13 rebounds. Bryant is putting together a monster senior season, ranking third in the conference in scoring (19.5 ppg), first in rebounding (11.2 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.641) and second in blocks (2.0 bpg).

  • Freshman guard Kevin Foster started his first-ever college game against Montana and responded with 17 points, going three-for-five from behind the arc, and four-for-four from the free throw line.

  • The Broncos will play at San Jose State (12/3) before hosting Sacramento State (12/6).