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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 4, 2007

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo Earns Weekly Honor
Gonzaga junior Jeremy Pargo is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performance on the Bulldogs' recent East Coast swing. Pargo led the Zags to a 70-65 overtime win at Saint Joseph's and an 85-82 win over Connecticut in Boston. Pargo chipped in seven points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists in the Zags' thriller versus the Hawks. He followed that up with 23 points and five assists in GU's win versus Connecticut. For the week, Pargo averaged 15.0 ppg to go along with 5.5 rpg and 4.0 apg.


Dec. 5
Loyola Marymount at Long Beach State - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at UC Santa Barbara - 7:00 PM
San Jose State at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Washington State at Gonzaga - 8:00 PM
Pacific at San Francisco - 8:00 PM

Dec. 7
Portland at Montana - 6:00 PM

Dec. 8
11 Saint Mary's vs. San Diego State - 12:00 PM
San Diego at New Mexico - 12:00 PM
Weber State at San Francisco - 2:00 PM
Cal State Northridge at Gonzaga - 5:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at Boise State - 6:00 PM
Santa Clara at San Jose State - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Pacific - 7:30 PM

11 John R. Wooden Classic


The WCC's Diaper Dandies
The WCC's freshman class is proving to be one of the conference's best in years. Three of the WCC's eight schools have freshmen leading them in scoring, while two have freshmen leading them in rebounding. Meanwhile, five freshmen are ranked in the top 15 in the conference in scoring and four are in the top 15 rebounding. Below are just some of the accomplishments by WCC freshmen this season.

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

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

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

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

  • San Francisco freshman Myron Strong and Saint Mary's freshman Patty Mills rank 1-2 in the WCC in steals. Mills also leads the WCC free throw percentage (.938), and ranks second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.42).

  • Pepperdine freshman Malcolm Thomas leads the WCC in overall blocks (18).

  • Top two scoring performances in the WCC this season are by freshman.

    Several WCC teams expect significant contributions from incoming freshmen and transfers. Below are just a few of the newcomers who are making a splash in 2007-08.

    2007-08 KEY STATS
    Dior Lowhorn, USF Sophomore Forward 24.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, .500 FG %
    Tyrone Shelley, PEP Freshman Guard 17.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 spg
    Patty Mills, SMC Freshman Guard 16.3 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.5 spg
    Malcolm Thomas, PEP Freshman Forward 14.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg
    Austin Daye, GON Freshman Forward 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 bpg
    Myron Strong, USF Freshman Guard 12.6 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.7 spg
    Robin Smeulders, POR Sophomore Forward 11.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .708 FT %
    Orlando Johnson, LMU Freshman Guard 11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 apg
    Rico Tucker, PEP Junior Guard 10.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 spg
    Mychel Thompson, PEP Freshman Guard 10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .408 3-pt. FG %
    Nik Raivio Sophomore Guard 10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, .394 3-pt FG %


    Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-1 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Zags defeated Saint Joseph's, 70-65, in overtime, and Connecticut, 85-82, on their recent east coast trip.

    - Sophomore Matt Bouldin tossed in 16 points against the Hawks, before dropping in 19 points against the Huskies. Bouldin has been hot of late for the Bulldogs, averaging 16.8 ppg in their last five games, and he now leads the team in scoring with 14.4 ppg.

    - Freshman Austin Daye led the Zags with 17 points against Saint Joseph's. It marked the fourth time this season that he has led the teams in scoring.

    - Junior Micah Downs tallied his first double-double of the season, and third of his career, with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win over the Huskies.

    - The Zags host Washington State (12/5) and Cal State Northridge (12/8) this week.

    Loyola Marymount Lions (2-6 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Lions suffered a pair of losses, falling to San Diego State, 78-56, before dropping a 63-56 decision to UC Santa Barbara.

    - Sophomore guard Shawn Deadwiler paced the Lions in scoring in both games, tossing in 14 points against San Diego State, before notching a career-high 23 points versus UC Santa Barbara.

    - Senior Jon Ziri finished with just six points, but had a career-high 12 rebounds with four assists and four steals against the Gauchos.

    - Freshman guard Brandon Walker scored nine points and dished out a game-high four assists versus the Aztecs.

    - The Lions play at Long Beach State (12/5) and Boise State (12/8) this week.

    Pepperdine Waves (4-5 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Waves posted a 2-1 record last week, downing Northern Arizona, 93-87, in overtime, Texas-Pan American, 86-84, before falling to Montana State, 95-89.

    - Freshman guard Mychel Thompson and senior guard Jason Walberg each scored 22 points to set career highs in the Waves' win over NAU. Thompson, son of former NBA standout Mychal Thompson, knocked down 10-of-18 three-pointers last week to give him a team-leading 20.

    - Freshman guard Tyrone Shelley continued his strong early season play, scoring 19 points against Northern Arizona and Texas-Pan American before chipping in 20 points against Montana State. Shelly leads the Waves and all WCC freshmen in scoring with 17.2 ppg.

    - Freshman forward Malcolm Thomas leads the WCC in blocked shots with 18.

    - The Waves travel to UC Santa Barbara (12/5) and Pacific (12/8) this week.

    Portland Pilots (2-6 / 0-0 WCC)
    - Portland dropped a pair of games last week, falling to cross-town rival Portland State, 78-73, before suffering a 78-54 setback against No. 21 BYU.

    - Portland played without sophomore point guard Taishi Ito, who returned to his home in Japan. Ito's father passed away on Thanksgiving Day after a long battle with a brain tumor.

    - Sherrard Watson and Nik Raivio each scored 20 points in the Pilots' loss to the Vikings.

    - Freshman forward Luke Sikma scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against Portland State to record his third double-double of the season. Sikma leads the WCC and ranks No. 21 in the country in rebounding with 10.3 rpg.

    - The Pilots travel to Montana (12/7) in their lone game this week.

    Saint Mary's Gaels (6-0 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Gaels improved to 6-0 on the season with an 85-70 win over previously unbeaten Seton Hall. The Gaels' 6-0 start is the program's best season-opening start since winning nine straight to begin the 1988-89 season.

    - SMC is the top vote-getter in both the AP (104) and the ESPN/USA Today polls (48).

    - Sophomore center Omar Samhan tallied his second double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.

    - Freshman Patty Mills, who scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds, and handed out four assists, missed only his second free throw all season. He leads the WCC and ranks 14th in the nation in free throw percentage, knocking down 30-for-32 from the line for a .938 clip.

    - The Gaels travel to Anaheim to take on San Diego State (12/8) at the Wooden Classic.

    San Diego Toreros (4-5 / 0-0 WCC)
    - San Diego dropped a 77-71 decision at Boise State before bouncing back to take an 81-67 win versus Hawai'i.

    - Junior guard Brandon Johnson paced the Toreros in both games, scoring game-highs of 23 points against the Broncos and 25 versus the Warriors. The big weekend lifted Johnson into fourth place in the WCC in scoring with 18.0 ppg.

    - Johnson, who has 306 career assists, needs just five 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.

    - Sophomore forward Chris Lewis notched double-doubles in both games last week.

    - USD hosts San Jose State (12/5) before traveling to New Mexico (12/8) this weekend.

    San Francisco Dons (3-4 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Dons posted a 1-1 record last week, defeating Utah Valley State, 69-64, before falling to Boise State, 91-81.

    - Sophomore forward Dior Lowhorn scored 19 points against Utah Valley State and dropped in a game-high 25 points against Boise State. Lowhorn continues to lead the WCC in scoring with 24.1 ppg, which ranks as the 13th best scoring clip in the country.

    - Freshman guard Myron Strong has been a pleasant surprise for the Dons. In a strong WCC freshman class, the Memphis, TN native ranks fifth among conference freshmen in scoring, and 13th overall, with 12.6 ppg. In addition, Strong leads the WCC and ranks 23rd in the country with 2.71 spg.

    - The Dons close out their four-game homestand as they host Pacific (12/5) and Weber State (12/8) this week.

    Santa Clara Broncos (5-2 / 0-0 WCC)
    - The Broncos downed Eastern Washington, 66-57, before falling at Utah State, 71-65.

    - Center John Bryant is enjoying a monster junior campaign. He ranks second in the WCC and 19th in the country with 21.7 ppg. In addition, the big man is shooting an efficient .692 percent from the field, the seventh best clip in the country, to go along with 8.3 rpg and 2.43 bpg.

    - Senior guard Brody Angley enters the week leading the WCC in assists with 5.14 apg and is shooting a blistering .524 percent from the three-point line to pace the conference.

    - The Broncos are one of the most accurate shooting teams in the country. They rank second in the nation in field goal percentage (.541) and 13th in three-point accuracy (.441).

    - Santa Clara travels to Bay Area rival San Jose State (12/8) in its lone game this week.