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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 8, 2008

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SIX WCC TEAMS WITH BETTER THAN .500 RECORD
Six WCC teams enter the week with better than .500 winning percentages. Gonzaga leads the way with an unbeaten 6-0 mark, followed by Saint Mary's at 6-1, and Portland at 5-2. San Francisco, behind first-year Head Coach Rex Walters upped its record to 6-3, while San Diego and Santa Clara own 4-4 records.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Jose State at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Pacific Stockton, CA
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Washington State Pullman, WA
7:00 PM
New Mexico at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's vs. San Diego State Anaheim, CA (Wooden Classic)
1:30 PM
Pacific at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
San Diego vs. Oregon Portland, OR (Rose Garden)
5:00 PM
San Francisco at Boise State Boise, ID
6:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
7:00 PM
Portland at BYU Provo, Utah
7:00 PM
Notre Dame de Namur at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga vs. Arizona Phoenix, AZ (Desert Classic)
2:00 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: SCU's Bryant & SMC's Mills Share Weekly Honor
Santa Clara's John Bryant and Saint Mary's Patrick Mills were selected as WCC Co-Players of the Week for their performances in helping their respective teams to key wins. Bryant averaged 17.0 ppg, 18.0 rpg, and 4.5 bpg in leading the Broncos to wins over San Jose State and Sacramento State. Bryant's week was highlighted by a 20-point, 21-rebound effort in the Broncos' win over San Jose State. Mills was just as crucial to his team's success, scoring a game-high 26 points to go along with three assists, two steals, and just one turnover in the Gaels' road win at Kent State. The win over the Golden Flashes snapped Kent State's 18-game home winning streak.

Gonzaga No. 1 In RPI Rankings
The Gonzaga Bulldogs enter the week No. 1 in the RPI, according to the latest CollegeRPI.com rankings. The Zags, coming off a 70-54 win over Indiana in the Hall of Fame Showcase, have already notched some impressive wins, knocking off No. 12 Tennessee, Maryland, and Oklahoma State. Led by the Zags, the WCC has four teams with top 100 RPIs. The WCC is one of only seven leagues in the country with half of its member schools in the RPI top 100.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 6-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga improved to 6-0 with a 70-54 win over Indiana in the Hall of Fame Showcase in Indianapolis, IN.

  • Jeremy Pargo dished out eight more assists in the win over the Hoosiers, bringing his career assists total to 465. Pargo currently leads the WCC and ranks seventh in the nation in assists (7.2 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.30).

  • Senior Josh Heytvelt led the Zags with 17 points to go along with six blocks. Heytvelt has regained the former from his sophomore season when he was one of the most dominant post players in the country. Heytvelt leads the Zags in scoring (15.3 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), while pacing the conference in field goal percentage (.625).

  • Gonzaga returns to the state of Washington to face rival Washington State (12/10), before facing the University of Arizona (12/14) at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.
  • Overall Record: 0-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions fell to Arizona, 84-57, before dropping a tough 62-55 decision to Wyoming.

  • Three players scored in double figures for the Lions against Wyoming. Senior Marko Deric led the way with a steady effort, scoring eight points in each half, to match a career-high with 16 on the game. Two freshmen, LaRon Armstead and Kevin Young joined Deric, scoring 15 and 10 points, respectively. Young also had 13 rebounds for a double-double. The 13 boards, six of which were offensive, is ranked second among freshman in LMU history.

  • Freshman guard Jared Dubois added nine points, grabbed six boards, and dished six assists against Wyoming.

  • The Lions look for their first win of the season as they make the short trip to UC Santa Barbara (12/13) in their lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 1-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves dropped a pair of games to Southern California Big West rivals, falling 80-61 to Long Beach State, before suffering a 71-63 setback against UC Irvine.

  • Freshman guard Lorne Jackson matched one season high with 17 points and set another one with five assists to lead the Waves against UC Irvine. Sophomore forward Jonathan Dupre' added a season-high 13 points in his first start of the season.

  • Of the 10 players that saw action for the young Waves against the Anteaters, eight were freshmen or sophomores, and seven weren't on the roster last year. The Waves played their fourth straight game without Ryan Holmes, their starting point guard and one of just three seniors, who is sidelined by a knee injury.

  • The Waves now take about a week off from competition due to finals and will next host Pacific (12/13) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 5-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots dropped a 63-58 decision to Eastern Washington, but bounced back to earn a 68-65 win over Idaho.

  • Six of the Pilots' seven games this season have been decided by six points or less, and Portland is 4-2 in those contests.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio led Portland with 21 points and eight rebounds, including the go-ahead basket late and two clutch free throws in the closing seconds in the win over Idaho. Raivio leads the Pilots and ranks fourth in the WCC in scoring with 15.7 ppg.

  • Junior T.J. Campbell, a transfer from Glendale CC, has made an immediate impact on the Bluff, ranking second in the WCC in assists (5.57 apg) and first in 3-point percentage (.516).

  • Portland takes the week off for finals before traveling to BYU (12/13) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 6-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's improved to 6-1 on the season with an impressive 75-69 road win at Kent State. The win snapped the Golden Flashes 18-game home winning streak, which was tied for the 8th longest streak in the nation.

  • The Gaels were led by Patrick Mills, who scored a game-high 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the floor, 4-of-7 shooting from three and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Mills enters the week ranked second in the WCC in scoring (20.7 ppg), fifth in assists (4.00 apg).

  • Led by Mills and Carlin Hughes, who are tied for first in the WCC in steals with 2.43 spg, the Gaels are averaging a conference-best 10.00 spg.

  • Omar Samhan leads the WCC in offensive rebounding at 4.71 offensive boards per game.

  • The Gaels travel to Anaheim to take on San Diego State (12/13) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 4-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 77-65, before dropping a 57-46 decision to cross-town rival San Diego State.

  • Senior guard Brandon Johnson suffered a season-ending injury late in the first half of USD's game against San Diego State. With 2:24 to go in the first half, Johnson ruptured the Achilles' tendon in his left heel. Johnson scored the game's first five points, and had totaled 10 points before the injury to move into the 5th spot all-time for USD scorers with 1,385 points. Johnson has not used a redshirt year, so USD officials will look into the possibility with the NCAA regarding a medical redshirt year.

  • Senior Gyno Pomare was brilliant for the Toreros last week, averaging 20.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, and 2.5 bpg, while shooting a blistering 78.3 percent from the field.

  • USD hosts SJSU (12/8) and New Mexico (12/10), before traveling to Oregon (12/13).
  • Overall Record: 6-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons dropped road games at USC, 74-69, and Cal Poly, 61-40, but bounced back to earn a 78-74 overtime win against Long Beach State at War Memorial Gym.

  • At 6-3, USF boasts its best season opening surge since the 2004-05 squad opened non-conference play at 5-3, en route to a 7-3 record through 10 contests.

  • A season-high five Dons finished with double-digit scores on the night, led again by junior forward Dior Lowhorn, who posted 26 points and eight rebounds.

  • Lowhorn now leads the WCC and ranks 22nd in the nation in scoring with 21.2 ppg.

  • The Dons return to action as they travel to the University of the Pacific (12/9) before playing at Boise State (12/13).
  • Overall Record: 4-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara went 2-0 on the week with wins over San Jose State (59-56) and Sacramento State (51-32).

  • WCC Co-Player of the Week John Bryant tipped in the game-winner against San Jose State with 7.5 seconds left. He finished with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds on the night. Against Sacramento State, he recorded his 30th career double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. He registered the first 20-point, 20-rebound effort since Josh Heytvelt accomplished the feat on Feb. 3, 2007 and is the first Bronco to register a 20/20 game since Ron Reis did so during the 1991.

  • Freshman guard Kevin Foster added 13 points while going two-for-three from the three-point line in the game against Sacramento State.

  • The Broncos host Notre Dame de Namur (12/13) in their lone game this week.