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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 15, 2008

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BIG GAMES HIGHLIGHT WEEK SIX
WCC teams continue their tough non-conference slates this week with several important games. This week's slate of games is highlighted by No. 7 Gonzaga facing No. 2 Connecticut in the Battle in Seattle on December 20th.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
UC Riverside at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine at USC Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Portland at Northern Colorado Greely, CO
7:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Saint Mary's at Oregon Eugene, OR
7:00 PM
Santa Clara at UNLV Las Vegas, NV
7:30 PM
Loyola Marymount at UCLA Los Angeles, CA
8:00 PM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Texas Southern at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM
Pepperdine at CS Northridge Northridge, CA
7:00 PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Academy of Art at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga vs. Connecticut Seattle, WA (Battle in Seattle)
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. Southern Illinois Indianapolis, IN (Wooden Tradition)
3:00 PM
Portland at Oregon Eugene, OR
5:00 PM
Santa Clara at Pacific Stockton, CA
7:00 PM
Tulsa at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:05 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: SMC's Diamon Simpson Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's senior forward Diamon Simpson is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performance in leading the Gaels to a 67-64 win over San Diego State in the Wooden Classic in Anaheim, CA. Simpson, a Hayward, CA native, scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. He also hauled down a game-best 16 rebounds. Following his 20-point performance on Saturday, he went over the 1,200-point mark for his career, and currently ranks 12th in scoring all-time at SMC with 1,217 points.

WCC No. 9 In Latest CollegeRPI.com Report
The WCC maintained its top 10 RPI ranking in the latest CollegeRPI.com conference ratings. This marks the third straight week that the WCC has been listed in the conference RPI top 10.

COLLEGERPI.COM CONFERENCE RPI RANKINGS
1. Big Ten - 0.6042
2. ACC - 0.6026
3. Big East - 0.5848
4. Big 12 - 0.5673
5. Pac-10 - 0.5514
6. Mountain West - 0.5370
7. Atlantic 10 - 0.5367
8. SEC - 0.5347
9. WEST COAST - 0.5243
10. Missouri Valley - 0.5237

Four WCC Teams Ranked In RPI Top 80
Four WCC teams enter the week ranked in the top 80 of the RPI, according to the latest CollegeRPI.com rankings. Gonzaga leads the way with a No. 5 RPI ranking, followed by Saint Mary's at No. 37. San Francisco, under first-year Head Coach Rex Walters, is ranked No. 75, while Portland checks in at No. 79.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 7-1
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga posted a 1-1 record against a pair of Pac-10 schools last week, rolling over rival Washington State, 74-52, before dropping a 69-64 decision to Arizona in Phoenix.

  • Jeremy Pargo recorded his fifth career double-digit assist game at Washington State and now has 475 career assists as he closes in on becoming the fifth member of the 500 Club at Gonzaga. He ranks fourth behind Matt Santangelo (668), Blake Stepp (640) and John Stockton (554).

  • Austin Daye led the Zags with 22 points and registered a game-high five blocks versus Arizona. Daye now leads the WCC with 22 blocks.

  • Gonzaga hosts Texas Southern (12/18) before facing No. 2 Connecticut (12/20) in the Battle in Seattle.
  • Overall Record: 0-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions dropped an 81-61 decision to UC Santa Barbara in their lone game last week.

  • LMU received a little extra help as freshman Ashley Hamilton played for the first time in four games, scoring eight points with three rebounds against the Gauchos. Leading the way for the Lions was LaRon Armstead with 16 points and seven rebounds. Corey Counts added 14 points and Jarred DuBois had 10.

  • Freshman forward Kevin Young had a solid game against UC Santa Barbara, going for six points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and four steals. Young leads the Lions and ranks fourth in the WCC in rebounding with 6.7 rpg.

  • The Lions have a busy week ahead of them as they host UC Riverside (12/15) before traveling to UCLA (12/17). LMU closes out the week by hosting Tulsa (12/20).
  • Overall Record: 1-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves dropped to 1-8 on the season with a 73-55 setback to Pacific.

  • Freshman guard Keion Bell scored a team-high 13 points, all in the second half, in the Waves' loss versus Pacific. Sophomore forward Mychel Thompson added 10 points and three steals and freshman forward Taylor Darby had eight points and nine rebounds. Bell now leads the Waves with 11.8 ppg.

  • Of the 11 players that saw action for the Waves, nine were freshmen or sophomores, and seven weren't on the roster last year. The Waves played their fifth straight game without Ryan Holmes, their starting point guard and one of just three seniors, who is sidelined by a knee injury.

  • The Waves have a busy week, traveling to USC (12/15) and Cal State Northridge (12/18), before returning home to host Georgia Tech (12/20).
  • Overall Record: 5-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots dropped a 91-76 decision at BYU in their lone game last week.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio led four Pilots in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds. Raivio, who was 6-for-9 from the field, now leads the Pilots and ranks fourth in the conference with 111 ppg.

  • Sophomore guard Jared Stohl earned his second start of the season, scoring 14 points and dishing out a team-high four assists. Stohl, who knocked down 4-of-7 shots from beyond the arc, is one of the top long-range shooters in the conference, ranking third in the WCC in three-point field goals made (18) and ninth in three-point accuracy (.409).

  • Portland travels to Northern Colorado (12/16) before heading to in-state rival Oregon (12/20) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 7-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's improved to 7-1 on the season with an impressive 67-64 win over San Diego State in the John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, CA.

  • Senior forward Diamon Simpson registered game-highs of 20 points and 15 rebounds in the Gaels' win over the Aztecs. Simpson went over the 1,200-point mark and now has 1,217 points in his career, ranking 12th all-time in scoring at Saint Mary's. Simpson now has 838 rebounds in his career, which ranks second all-time at Saint Mary's.

  • Omar Samhan chipped in 15 points and registered a game-high four blocks. Samhan has put together a strong junior campaign, ranking fifth in the WCC in scoring (15.5 ppg), third in rebounding (9.0 rpg), third in field goal percentage (.605), and third in blocks (17).

  • The Gaels travel to Oregon (12/17) before taking on Southern Illinois (12/20) in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.
  • Overall Record: 5-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros dropped a tough 57-54 decision to New Mexico before rebounding for a 64-57 win over Oregon in Portland.

  • Senior Gyno Pomare led the Toreros in their win over Oregon, scoring a team-high 16 points, while grabbing a game-high eight rebounds. Pomare currently ranks eighth in the WCC in scoring (13.7 ppg), ninth in rebounding (5.9 rpg), and fourth in field goal percentage (.594).

  • Junior Chris Lewis tossed in 15 points in the win over Oregon, while sophomore Rob Jones added 14 points and six rebounds.

  • Sophomore transfer Matt Dorr handed out five assists and grabbed seven rebounds in the Toreros' win over Oregon. Dorr ranks ninth in the WCC in assists with 2.55 apg.

  • San Diego returns home to host the Academy of Art University (12/19) this week.
  • Overall Record: 7-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco posted a 1-1 record last week, falling at Pacific, before rebounding for a 79-76 win at Boise State.

  • USF is off to its best start since opening the 2004-05 season with a 7-3 record. The Dons' 4-0 home start is the best at War Memorial Gym since the 2004-05 team opened at an impressive 10-0, including a 73-70 victory against No. 11 Gonzaga (1/20/05).

  • Junior Dior Lowhorn scored a game-high 20 points and freshman guard Kwame Vaughn added a career-high 18 points in the Dons' win at Boise State. In addition, junior guard Dontae Bryant turned in a solid all-around performance, registering a career-high 10 points with four rebounds, six assists and just one turnover in 30 minutes. Lowhorn now leads the conference in scoring with 19.8 ppg.

  • The Dons are off this week and will take the court next Monday at San Jose State (12/22).
  • Overall Record: 5-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara won its lone game of the week against Notre Dame de Namur at home (67-47).

  • The Broncos have now won four straight games after dropping four of five at the start of the season.

  • Freshman Kevin Foster led the Broncos with 17 points and five three-pointers, becoming the first player other than senior John Bryant to lead Santa Clara in scoring. Bryant finished as the team's second leading scorer with 15 points and five rebounds.

  • Junior Perry Petty ran the Broncos' offense efficiently, dishing out seven assists, while swiping four steals.

  • The Broncos hit the road, playing at UNLV (12/17) and Pacific (12/20) this week.