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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 11, 2006

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brandon Johnson, University of San Diego
University of San Diego sophomore guard Brandon Johnson is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performance in leading the Toreros to the team title of the Golden Bear Classic. Johnson, who earned tournament MVP honors, tallied a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists in USD's opening win over Eastern Michigan. The Houston, TX native then dropped in a game-high 23 points, 15 coming in the second half, in the Toreros' win over the host Cal Golden Bears.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Monday, December 11
Eastern Washington at Santa Clara - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 12
Saint Mary's at Nevada - 7:00 PM

Thursday, December 14
Cal State Bakersfield at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
Campbell at San Diego - 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 16
11Gonzaga at Georgia - 2:00 PM $
Furman at San Diego - 4:00 PM
Portland at Weber State - 6:00 PM
Loyola Marymount at San Diego State - 7:00 PM
Northern Arizona at Pepperdine - 7:00 PM
Santa Clara at Stanford - 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 17
Saint Mary's at Connecticut - 2:00 PM &
UC Santa Barbara at San Francisco - 2:00 PM

11 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Classic; $ Televised on ESPN2; & Televised on Comcast SportsNet West

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-2 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Bulldogs suffered a 77-67 setback at Washington State before bouncing back to take a decisive 97-77 win over No. 8 Washington.

- GU extended its national best home court winning streak to 45 consecutive games.

- With the Zags winning eight of the last nine games versus Washington, the Huskies have decided not to renew the annual series with Gonzaga.

- Freshman guard Matt Bouldin made his first collegiate start versus Washington and didn't disappoint, scoring a career-high 21 points and handing out five assists.

- Derek Raivio scored a game-high 25 points in the win over the Huskies.

- GU travels to Georgia (12/16) this weekend.

Loyola Marymount Lions (7-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions posted a 1-1 record last week, falling at Sam Houston State, 92-77, before returning home to defeat UC Irvine, 73-65.

- Senior Matthew Knight earned his third double-double of the season and 22nd of his career with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Lions' win over UC Irvine. Knight leads the conference in rebounding with 9.0 rpg.

- Senior Brandon Worthy paced the Lions versus the Anteaters with 16 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds.

- Freshman Mason Maynard earned his first career start versus Sam Houston State and scored a career-high 10 points and grabbed four rebounds.

- LMU travels to San Diego State (12/16) this weekend.

Pepperdine Waves (2-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves earned a 78-72 win at Colorado, before dropping back-to-back games to Long Beach State (95-90) and Cal State Fullerton (83-81).

- The loss to Cal State Fullerton marked Pepperdine's fifth defeat by nine points or less and fourth by five points or less.

- Senior guard Marvin Lea poured in a career-high 34 points versus Long Beach State. Lea, arguably the most improved player in the WCC, ranks second in the conference in scoring with 18.6 ppg.

- Junior guard Kingsley Costain tossed in a career-high 23 points in the Waves' setback versus Cal State Fullerton.

- The Waves host Cal State Bakersfield (12/14) and Northern Arizona (12/16) this week.

Portland Pilots (2-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland dropped back-to-back home games to Weber State and Eastern Washington last week.

- Senior center Kevin Field tied a career high with his team-leading 14 points in the 87-66 loss to Eastern Washington. Field also chipped in nine boards on the night.

- Sophomore Jamie Jones' 14 rebounds against the Eagles marked a career high and led all players in the UP loss. Jones ranks second in the WCC in rebounding with 8.3 rpg

- The Eagles' 87 points marked the highest point total Portland has allowed to an opponent this season.

- Portland travels to Weber State (12/16) for the second half of a home and home series with the Wildcats.

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- In their only game last week, the Gaels earned a 65-57 come-from-behind victory over Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.

- Sophomore forward Diamon Simpson recorded his second double-double of the season with game-highs of 19 points and 10 boards to lead Saint Mary's to the win. Simpson now has four double-doubles in his career.

- Although they shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from three-point range, the Gaels used a 28-12 points advantage in the paint to earn the win.

- Ian O'Leary and Brett Collins joined Simpson in double-digit scoring with 12 points apiece.

- Saint Mary's travels to Nevada (12/12) before facing No. 8 Connecticut (12/19) in Hartford.

San Diego Toreros (6-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- USD defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 92-72, before downing Eastern Michigan, 78-76, and Cal, 72-67, to win the Golden Bear Classic title in Berkeley.

- Sophomore guard Brandon Johnson recorded a career-high 10 assists to go along with 12 points in the Eastern Michigan win before going 11-for-19 from the field for 23 points against Cal. Johnson's performance earned him Golden Bear Classic MVP and WCC Player of the Week honors.

- All-Tournament team member Gyno Pomare averaged 13.5 points per game last weekend, including chipping in 21 points in the win over the Golden Bears.

- USD looks to continue its four game winning streak hosting Atlantic Sun Conference opponent Campbell (12/14) and Southern Conference member Furman (12/16).

San Francisco Dons (4-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- USF dropped a 84-62 decision on the road at Northern Arizona in its only game last week. The 22 point deficit equaled USF's worst loss of the season.

- Alan Wiggins, Jr., who led the Dons with 23 points in a home win over NAU on November 27th, did not start due to an ankle injury and posted just five points in 13 minutes off of the bench before fouling out.

- The Dons are the only team in the conference to boast four players averaging double figures in scoring. USF is led by senior guard Armondo Surratt (15.7 ppg) followed by sophomore guards Manny Quezada (14.0 ppg) and Antonio Kellogg (13.8 ppg) and Wiggins, Jr. (12.4 ppg).

- San Francisco returns to action after a 12-day layoff on Sunday, playing host to UC Santa Barbara.

Santa Clara Broncos (6-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara traveled to Pacific where it earned a 67-49 rout of the reigning Big West Conference champion.

- Danny Pariseau posted a career-high 20 points to lead the Broncos to the win. Pariseau also added five assists and shot 62.5 percent from the field.

- Mitch Henke and John Bryant joined Pariseau in double digits in scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively. The two post players also accounted for 15 of Santa Clara's 39 total rebounds.

- The Broncos handed the Tigers their worst home loss in 15 seasons.

- Santa Clara hosts Eastern Washington tonight before traveling to face Bay Area rival Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.