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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 18, 2006

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ross DeRogatis, University of San Diego
University of San Diego senior guard Ross DeRogatis is this week's WCC Player of the Week for his performance in the Toreros' wins over Campbell and Furman. DeRogatis tossed in a career-high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor, including going 7-for-12 performance from behind the arc in USD's win over Campbell. He followed that performance up with a solid game against Furman, chipping in 12 points, handing out three assists, and hauling down five rebounds. The two wins extended USD's winning streak to six straight.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, December 19
Saint Mary's at St. Joseph's - 4:00 PM
Santa Clara at Kentucky - 4:00 PM
Portland at Notre Dame - 4:30 PM
Boise State at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 20
Pepperdine at Connecticut - 4:00 PM
12San Francisco at Hawai'i - 9:30 PM

Thursday, December 21
Gonzaga vs. Duke - 6:00 PM $

Friday, December 22
Long Beach State at Loyola Marymount - 7:00 PM
Montana at Portland - 7:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara at San Diego - 7:00 PM
12San Francisco vs. TBD - TBD

Saturday, December 23
13Southern Illinois at Saint Mary's - 11:00 AM
Utah State at Santa Clara - 1:00 PM
12San Francisco vs. TBD - TBD

12 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic; 13 Shamrock Office Solutions Classic; $ Televised on ESPN2

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga suffered a 96-83 loss at Georgia in its lone game last week.

- Senior guard Derek Raivio led the Zags with 19 points. Raivio, who topped the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season, now has 1,086 career points.

- Sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo is enjoying a breakout season, averaging 11.1 ppg to go along with a team-best 4.1 apg. Pargo, who averaged just 2.7 ppg last season, has drastically improved his field goal percentage from his freshman campaign, shooting 50.5 percent from the field this season compared to 27.9 percent last season.

- Freshman guard Matt Bouldin is averaging 16.5 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.5 rpg, and shooting 70 percent from the field since joining the Zags' starting lineup.

- Gonzaga makes its second trip to Madison Square Garden to face No. 6 Duke (12/21).

Loyola Marymount Lions (7-5 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions fell to 7-5 on the season with a 74-63 setback at San Diego State.

- Senior Brandon Worthy paced the Lions versus the Aztecs with 22 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Worthy, the WCC's active career scoring leader, has scored 1,241 points during his tenure at LMU and ranks 18th on the Lions' all-time list. He needs just seven points to take over sole possesion of 16th place.

- Senior Matthew Knight leads the WCC in rebounding with 8.7 rpg. Knight, who has grabbed 632 career boards, is one of just seven players in LMU history to have scored more than 1,200 points (1,204) and pulled down more than 600 rebounds.

- The Lions host Boise State (12/19) and Long Beach State (12/22) this week before breaking for Christmas.

Pepperdine Waves (3-9 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Waves dropped an 82-76 decision versus Cal State Bakersfield before bouncing back to take a 101-86 win over Northern Arizona.

- The 101 points is the most by a WCC team this season and marks the fifth time that the Waves have topped 90 points. The Waves lead the conference and are 24th in the country in scoring with 82.1 ppg. Pepperdine also paces the WCC in steals with 9.4 spg, which ranks them 29th in the nation.

- Led by junior guard Kingsley Costain, the Waves boast four players in the top 10 in the WCC in three-point field goals made. As a team, the Waves are knocking down 11.1 threes per game, which ranks them fifth in the nation. Costain ranks 10th in the nation in three-point accuracy, connecting on 53.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.

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

Portland Pilots (2-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland dropped its seventh straight after Weber State completed the home-and-home sweep with a 68-51 win in Ogden, UT.

- Senior guard Darren Cooper returned to action after a one month layoff due to injury to lead the Pilots with 16 points. Cooper, who was selected as one of the top returning players in the conference by the league's head coaches, had missed the previous nine games with a pulled hamstring

- Junior Sherrard Watson was the only other Pilot in double figures with 11 points.

- The Wildcats held a 38-27 rebounding advantage, marking just the third time this season that Portland has lost the battle on the boards.

- UP travels to Notre Dame (12/19) before returning home to host Montana (12/22).

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season after losses at then-No. 21 Nevada and then-No. 8 Connecticut.

- Diamon Simpson and Brett Collins were the only Gaels to reach double digits in scoring against the Wolf Pack. Simpson paced the squad with 18 points, while Collins chipped in 16.

- With 13 points and 10 rebounds against UConn, freshman center Omar Samhan recorded his first double-double of his career. Samhan leads all WCC freshmen in scoring (9.2 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg).

- Junior Tron Smith led the Gaels in scoring with 15 points off of the bench versus Uconn.

- Saint Mary's continues its East Coast road trip at Saint Joseph's on Tuesday before hosting Southern Illinois on Friday.

San Diego Toreros (8-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- USD downed Campbell, 81-69, and Furman, 81-70, last week to extend its winning streak to six games.

- Ross DeRogatis led all players with 27 points against Campbell. DeRogatis went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc and shot 64.3 percent from the field.

- Senior forward Theo White snagged a career-high 13 boards, while chipping in six points, five steals and two blocks against the Fighting Camels.

- Brandon Johnson tied his career high of 24 points and Gyno Pomare recorded 17 points and eight boards off of the bench to lead a group of four players in double digits in scoring against Furman.

- The Toreros host UC Santa Barbara (12/22) in their only game this week.

San Francisco Dons (4-7 / 0-0 WCC)
- USF dropped a 74-69 decision to UC Santa Barbara at home in its only game last week.

- Although they led 63-60 with just 4:47 remaining in the game, the Dons allowed an 8-0 UCSB run over the next three minutes to put the Gauchos up 68-63. Santa Barbara held on for the win, hitting six straight free throws to finish the game.

- Alan Wiggins, Jr. paced San Francisco with 24 points on 9-14 shooting from the field.

- The Dons committed a season-low six turnovers against the Gauchos, posting an 18-10 assist-turnover ratio thanks to six assists apiece from Armondo Surratt and Antonio Kellogg.

- USF travels to the Rainbow Classic at Hawai'i this week. The Dons take on the host Warriors (12/20), either Nebraska or Wyoming (12/22) and an undetermined opponent (12/23).

Santa Clara Broncos (8-3 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted a 91-68 win over Eastern Washington before downing Stanford, 62-46, to put together a three-game winning streak.

- John Bryant led the Broncos in the win over Eastern Washington, scoring a career-high 20 points and snagging a game-high 11 boards. Four Santa Clara players reached double digits in scoring against the Golden Eagles.

- After holding the Cardinal to 27.5 percent shooting from the floor, the Broncos have now held five of their last seven opponents under 40 percent in shooting.

- Danny Pariseau led SCU with 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists against Stanford. Pariseau has led the team in assists for three straight games, averaging 6.0 apg in that span.

- Santa Clara travels to Kentucky (12/19) before hosting Utah State (12/23).