Dec. 4, 2006
WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Derek Raivio, Gonzaga University
Gonzaga senior guard Derek Raivio is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performances in the Bulldogs' wins over Portland State and then-No. 25 Texas. Raivio knocked down four three-pointers versus Portland State en route to a game-high 20 points. He followed that performance with a 27 point effort in the Zags' win over Texas. Versus the Longhorns, Raivio connected on 7-of-14 attempts from beyond the arc for a team-high 27 points. For the week, the Vancouver, WA native averaged 23.5 ppg to go along with 3.5 rpg.
Monday, December 4
Pepperdine at Colorado - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, December 5
San Francisco at Northern Arizona - 5:30 PMGonzaga at Washington State - 7:00 PM !Weber State at Portland - 7:00 PMCal State Bakersfield at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, December 6
Loyola Marymount at Sam Houston State - 5:00 PM
Thursday, December 7
Pepperdine at Long Beach State - 7:00 PM
Friday, December 8
10San Diego vs. Eastern Michigan - 5:00 PM
Saturday, December 9
UC Irvine at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PMCal State Fullerton at Pepperdine - 7:00 PMEastern Washington at Portland - 7:00 PMCS Bakersfield at Saint Mary's - 7:00 PMSanta Clara at Pacific - 7:00 PMWashington at Gonzaga - 8:00 PM10San Diego vs. TBA - TBD
10 Cal Tournament; ! Televised on FSN
WCC TEAM NOTES
Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-1 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Bulldogs improved to 8-1 on the season with a 69-51 win over Portland State and an 87-77 win over then-No. 25 Texas.
- GU extended its national best home court winning streak to 44 consecutive games.
- Senior Derek Raivio averaged 23.5 ppg in leading the Zags to the pair of wins. Raivio knocked down 7-of-14 attempts from the three-point line en route to a team-high 27 points versus Texas. Raivio, selected one of the top six returning players in the WCC by the league's coaches, leads the conference in scoring with 19.8 ppg.
- Sophomore Josh Heytvelt has led GU in rebounding in their last five games, averaging 9.8 rpg during that stretch. On the season, he ranks second in the WCC in rebounding with 8.0 rpg.
- GU plays at Washington State (12/5) and hosts Washington (12/9) this week.
Loyola Marymount Lions (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions posted a 1-1 record last week, downing UC Santa Barbara, 58-55, before suffering a 67-50 setback versus crosstown rival USC.
- Junior guard Jon Ziri led the Lions with a career-high 17 points in their come-from-behind win over UCSB. Ziri also added nine boards and two steals in the win.
- Senior Matthew Knight earned his second double-double of the season and 21st of his career to lead LMU with 13 points and 13 rebounds versus the Trojans. Knight leads the WCC in rebounding with 9.0 rpg.
- Junior guard Damian Martin, who missed all of the 2005-06 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, ranks second in the WCC in assists with 4.44 apg.
- LMU plays at Sam Houston State (12/6) before hosting UC Irvine (12/9) later this week.
Pepperdine Waves (1-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped a 90-74 decision at Oklahoma State in their lone game last week.
- Senior guard Marvin Lea scored a team-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists in the Waves' loss to the Cowboys. Lea ranks third in the WCC in scoring with 17.4 ppg.
- Led by junior guard Kingsley Costain, the Waves rank sixth in the nation in three-point field goals made with 10.4 treys per game. Costain leads the WCC in three-point accuracy, knocking down 52.9 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc, while also ranking second in the league in three-pointers made per game (2.57).
- The Waves hit the road for games at Colorado (12/4) and at Long Beach State (12/7), before hosting Cal State Fullerton (12/9).
Portland Pilots (2-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Pilots dropped three games last week, falling to crosstown rival Portland State, 69-53, Washington State, 62-50, and UC Santa Barbara, 75-67.
- Sophomore guard Walter Thompson and junior wing Sherrard Watson paced the Pilots with 13 points versus UCSB. Thompson added a career-high eight rebounds and four assists.
- Sophomore forward Jamie Jones recorded his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the Pilots' loss to Portland State. Jones, who ranks fifth in the WCC in rebounding, is the second best offensive rebounder in the conference with 2.78 offensive boards per game.
- The Pilots look to snap their four-game losing skid as they host Weber State (12/5) and Eastern Washington (12/9) this week.
Saint Mary's Gaels (5-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's split two games last week, downing San Jose State, 78-60, before dropping a 93-82 decision in overtime at Seton Hall.
- The Gaels' win over San Jose State pushed their home record to 5-1 this season.
- The Saint Mary's bench outscored the Spartan bench 41-27 thanks to a combined 25 from sophomore guard Wayne Hunter and senior guard John Winston. Hunter and sophomore forward Diamon Simpson led the Gaels with a game-high 15 points apiece.
- Led by senior Brett Collins' season-high 28 points, the Gaels overcame an 11-point second half deficit against Seton Hall, but could not hold off the Pirates who used a 13-5 scoring run at the end of regulation to force overtime.
- Saint Mary's hosts Cal State Bakersfield (12/9) in its only game this week.
San Diego Toreros (3-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- USD dropped a close 79-76 decision to crosstown rival San Diego State before rebounding with a 67-66 win at Central Michigan.
- Senior Ross DeRogatis posted a game-high 23 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range, while senior Theo White snagged 12 boards to lead all players in the narrow loss to the Aztecs.
- Sophomore Gyno Pomare's nine second half points and 9-for-12 performance from the charity stripe helped the Toreros overcome a 12-point second half deficit in the win over Central Michigan. Pomare, a 2006 All-WCC freshmen team member, leads USD and ranks 11th in the WCC in scoring with 13.0 ppg.
- The Toreros host Cal State Bakersfield (12/5) before heading to Berkeley for the Golden Bear Classic where they will face Eastern Michigan (12/8) and either Cal or Chicago State (12/9).
San Francisco Dons (4-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- USF posted a 2-2 record last week, recording wins over Northern Arizona and Southeastern Louisiana and losing to Pacific and New Mexico State.
- The Dons had their second best shooting game of the season against Northern Arizona, going 31-of-55 from the field. USF shot a blistering 71.4 percent in the first half. The Dons lead the WCC in field goal accuracy with a 49.4 field goal percentage.
- Senior Armondo Surratt led USF in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, while shooting 64.2 percent from three-point range in the Lou Henson Classic at New Mexico State.
- Shooting 82.6 percent from the field last week, Alan Wiggins Jr. averaged 12.2 points and 5.7 boards per game. Wiggins led the Dons in scoring against NAU with 23 points.
- USF travels to Northern Arizona (12/5) for a rematch of last week's matchup on the Hilltop.
Santa Clara Broncos (5-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- SCU went 3-1 last week, earning wins over San Jose State, Hawai'i and Alabama State before dropping a 78-51 decision to Missouri State.
- Josh Higgins, a 7-0 junior transfer from Western Kentucky, enjoyed a breakout week for the Broncos. Higgins was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field in SCU's win over San Jose State, scoring a team-high 16 points, while adding six rebounds and three blocks. Higgins led the Broncos last week, averaging 13.3 ppg and shooting 60 percent from the floor across the four games.
- Senior Sean Denison dominated the post for Santa Clara, averaging 7.0 rpg last week.
- Led by junior point guard Brody Angley (4.62 apg) and senior guard Danny Pariseau (3.75), a transfer from Eastern Washington, SCU leads the conference in assists with 16.12 apg.
- The Broncos travel to Stockton, CA to face Pacific (12/9) this weekend.