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WCC Weekly Men's Basketball Notes

Dec. 21, 2009

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West Coast Conference Continues Non-Conference Play

Saint Mary's and Loyola Marymount are both coming off undefeated weeks, and will look to continue to build on that success this week. Saint Mary's will take part in the Hawaii Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu against a field that includes UNLV and USC. Loyola Marymount has back-to-back wins to its credit and will take on Long Beach State and Sacramento State.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
7:00 PM

Pacific at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

Long Beach State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
8:05 PM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Northeastern vs. Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
12:00 PM
ESPNU
Idaho at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Western Michigan/USC vs. Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
12:00/2:00 PM

Cal State Bakersfield at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM

Utah at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM

San Jose State at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
7:00 PM

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
TBA at Saint Mary's Irvine, CA
TBA

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Francisco at Washington Irvine, CA
7:00 PM

Pepperdine at UC Irvine Irvine, CA
7:00 PM


AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Omar Samhan, Saint Mary's, C, 6-11, RSr., San Ramon, CA
Samhan earned his WCC Player of the Week honors for the third timethis season after averaging 29.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.5 blockedshots in home wins over Portland State and Pacific. Samhan had 31points, including 15-of-23 shooting, and 17 rebounds in 32 minutesagainst Portland State and 28 points, eight rebounds and four blockedshots in 36 minutes vs. Pacific. Samhan finished the week shooting animpressive 60.4 (26-of-43) percent from the field, and is now shooting60.3 (80-of-146) percent from the floor this season.

Also Nominated: Jarred Dubois, Loyola Marymount

2009-10 WCC Preseason All-Conference Team
If the WCC preseason all-conference team is any indication, it should be a very competitive season as all eight conference schools landed at least one player on the team. Gonzaga and Portland led the way with each team landing two players on the team. In addition, guard play in the WCC should be exciting to watch as eight of the 10 players named to the team play in the backcourt.

2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference
Keion Bell, PEP
Matt Bouldin, GON
T.J. Campbell, POR
Jared DuBois, LMU
Kevin Foster, SCU
Steven Gray, GON
Brandon Johnson, USD
Dior Lowhorn, USF
Nik Raivio, POR
Omar Samhan, SMC

Zappos.com Named Title Sponsor of the WCC Basketball Championships
The West Coast Conference (WCC) and its multi-media rights partner, IMG College, announced Zappos.com as the official title sponsor of the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. The deal represents the WCC's first-ever title sponsorship. In addition, the WCC and Zappos.com will partner with Soles4Souls to challenge each West Coast Conference campus to collect the most shoes from December to the end of the conference basketball season. The gently used shoes will be distributed internationally through Soles4Souls to individuals in need. Last year's shoe drive resulted in over 5,200 shoes being donated to Soles4Souls by West Coast Conference institutions.

WCC Live To Cover Men's Hoops Season
This season, the West Coast Conference introduced a new internet based radio showcalled "WCC Live" to be hosted by veteran play-by-play announcer Jeff Lampe. The show will feature interviews with coaches and players from around the league as well asspecial guests throughout the year. In addition, fans will be able to participate by dialing in to ask questions of the guests by calling 646-378-1311, submitting questions via a live chat feature or by emailing questions to WCCLive@ymail.com. The program will air live each Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ---- visit wccsports.com/wcclive for up-to-date guest information.

WCC Tournament To Remain At The Orleans Arena Through 2012
On July 22, 2009, the West Coast Conference and the Orleans Arena announced a three-year contract extension that will keep the WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas through 2012. The extension comes after the West Coast Conference sold out the Orleans Arena for the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships. The 2009 championship, which was the WCC's first-ever at a neutral site, set conference records for both total championship attendance (33,320) and single session championship attendance (7,845).

Gonzaga Edges Portland For Top Spot in 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll
Gonzaga was selected as the favorite to capture an unprecedented 10th consecutiveWest Coast Conference men's basketball regular season title in the 2009-10 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Zags received six first place votes and tallied 48 points to narrowly edge out Portland, which received the remaining two first place votes and collected 44 overall points. Saint Mary's was picked third with 34 overall points, followed by San Francisco and Santa Clara, which tied for fourth with 26 points. Rounding out this year's poll were San Diego in sixth place with 21 points, followed by Pepperdine in seventh place with 13 points, and Loyola Marymount in eighth place with 12.

2009-10 WCC Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Gonzaga - 48 (6)
2. Portland - 44 (2)
3. Saint Mary's - 34
4. San Francisco - 26
Santa Clara - 26
6. San Diego - 21
7. Pepperdine - 13
8. Loyola Marymount - 12

WCC Men's Basketball Returns To The Airwaves "Down Under"
For the second consecutive year, the West Coast Conference has teamed up with ESPNAustralia and ESPN Pacific Rim to televise men's basketball games "Down Under". Thefollowing four games have been confirmed for air in Australia with more games expected to be added to the schedule: San Diego State at Saint Mary's (Nov. 17), Gonzaga at Saint Mary's (Jan. 14), Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (Feb. 11) and Saint Mary's at San Diego (Feb. 18).

WCC Men's Basketball Teams To Make 31 Appearances On ESPN's Family Of Networks
ESPN recently announced its 2009-10 men's basketball schedule which will feature approximately 1,100 games across the networks multiple platforms. The West Coast Conference is among the featured conferences as WCC teams are scheduled to make 31 appearances, including 14 WCC regular season games, on ESPN's family of networks.

Make sure to download the full release to view the full TV schedule.


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 8-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Bulldogs lost to No. 7/7 Duke (9-1) 76-41 in the Aeropostale Classicat Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon. The 41 points scoredwas the Zags' lowest single game total since a 62-40 loss to Iowa on Nov. 28, 1984.

  • Senior Matt Bouldin has 1,324 points and has moved past 2009 teammate Jeremy Pargointo 18th place on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring charts. Bouldin needs 17 points tomove past John Stockton (1,340 from 1981-84) and into 17th. Bouldin is also moving up thecareer lists for assists and steals. His 345 assists rank sixth and his 141 steals are fifth. On theseason, Bouldin is averaging 16.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals and shooting40.8 (20-of-49) percent from 3-point range.

  • The Zags are off until Dec. 28 when they host Eastern Washington (4-7, 0-1 Big Sky) at theMcCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga will then take on Oklahoma (8-3) on Dec. 31 in the RonaldMcDonald House Charities Classic at Spokane Arena on ESPN2.

  • Overall Record: 5-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions earned head coach Max Good his 250th career win with an84-71 victory over Cal State Bakersfield (1-8) on Saturday afternoon atGersten Pavilion. The victory also gives Loyola Marymount back-to-back wins for the first timesince February of 2007 as the Lions were coming off an 87-85 win at Notre Dame (10-2) onDec. 12. Sophomore Jarred DuBois had a game-high 24 points, including 6-of-8 shooting from3-point range, and five assists to lead the Lions past the Roadrunners.

  • The Lions have won three of their last five, and have already surpassed their win total froman injury plagued 2008-09 season (3-27). In addition, two of LMU's wins this season have comeon the road over teams from "Power 6" conferences (USC and Notre Dame) and five of theLions' seven setbacks have come by six points or less.

  • The Lions wrap up their two-game homestand against Long Beach St. (6-4) on Tuesday, andwill then return from the holidays for a Sunday game at Sacramento St. (5-7, 1-1 Big Sky).

  • Overall Record: 3-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves dropped their fourth consecutive home game with a 78-72defeat at the hands of New Mexico State (4-6) on Friday night at Firestone Fieldhouse. TheAggies used a 21-4 first half run to take the lead for good, though the Waves rallied to trim thedeficit to one on three different occasions in the second half. Sophomore Keion Bell led Pepperdinewith 19 points and five rebounds.

  • There are no seniors on Pepperdine's 2009-10 squad, and 12 of the 16 players are underclassmen.The roster features four juniors, seven sophomores and five true freshmen. Pepperdinereturns 11 letterwinners from last season (believed to be among the most in school history).There are also five newcomers, bringing the roster total to 16. Twelve are on scholarship andfour are walk-ons.

  • The Waves will play two games in three days before breaking for the holidays. Pepperdinewill visit UC Irvine (5-5) on Monday and will return home to take on Utah (5-6) on Wednesday.

  • Overall Record: 6-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots fell to 2-1 against the Pac-10 this season with an 89-54 lossto No. 21/24 Washington (7-2) on Saturday night in Seattle. The Huskiesled 16-2 after six minutes and 47-17 at the half and never looked back. NikRaivio led the way for the Pilots with 13 points and seven rebounds.

  • In the first six weeks of the season, junior guard T.J. Campbell has been named WCC Playerof the Month once, WCC Player of the Week twice and was named to the All-Tournament Teamat the prestigious 76 Classic. Campbell also helped lead Portland to its first national rankingin 50 years by averaging 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in November. Campbell iscurrently averaging 13.6 points, 5.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds, and is shooting 45.7 (21-of-46)percent from 3-point range.

  • Portland returns home to face Idaho (6-3) on Tuesday night at the Chiles Center. In their firstmeeting of the season, the Vandals defeated the Pilots 68-48 on Dec. 6 in Moscow.

  • Overall Record: 9-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's improved to 6-1 at McKeon Pavilion this season with a pairof home wins last week. The Gaels defeated Portland State (5-6, 1-0 BigSky) 101-80 on Tuesday and Pacific (7-3) 80-65 on Friday to extend their winning streak toseven. The 101-point effort against Portland State marked the third time this season that theGaels have scored 100 points or more. Senior Omar Samhan led the way against Pacific with28 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in 36 minutes.

  • Senior Omar Samhan now has 1,340 career points and ranks ninth on the all-time schoolcareer scoring list and is just four points out of eighth and 51 away from seventh. Samhanbecame the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 points when he had 17 points againstUtah State on Feb. 23, 2009.

  • Saint Mary's travels to Honolulu for the eight-team Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic,and will open the event against Northeastern (2-5, 0-1 Colonial) on Tuesday on ESPNU.

  • Overall Record: 5-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego dropped two games in as many days at the Las Vegas HolidayHoops Classic at South Point Arena. Southern Illinois (7-2) posted a 70-68come-from-behind win over the Toreros on Friday as the Salukis closed thegame on a 13-0 run over the final 3:30 to erase an 11-point deficit. San Diego then droppeda 69-60 decision to South Florida (10-2) on Sunday, as the Bulls outscored the Toreros 35-18over the final 15:45 to win going away. USD junior Devin Ginty scored a season-high 13 pointsin Sunday's contest.

  • The Toreros have played one of the toughest non-conference slates in the WCC, and haveplayed nine of their 13 games away from the Jenny Craig Pavilion. San Diego already owns ahome win over Stanford (5-5), neutral wins over then-No. 25/-- Oklahoma (8-3) and Houston(5-3) and a road win over Boise State (6-4).

  • USD returns to action on Dec. 29 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion against Savannah St. (4-8).

  • Overall Record: 3-9
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons fell to South Florida (10-2) 69-49 on Saturday at the Las VegasHoliday Hoops Classic at South Point Arena as the Bulls started the secondhalf on a 15-4 run to pull out to a commanding 54-29 lead. San Franciscothen fell to Southern Illinois (7-2) 67-66 on Sunday despite a game-high 24 points and ninerebounds from All-Tournament Team selection Dior Lowhorn.

  • Senior Dior Lowhorn, who was named to the 2009-10 West Coast Conference PreseasonAll-Conference Team, is the first player to lead the WCC in scoring during conference play inback-to-back seasons since Gonzaga's Jeff Brown accomplished the feat in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Lowhorn currently ranks 12th on USF's all-time scoring list with 1,443 career points

  • San Francisco starts a stretch of four of five at home when it takes on Cal State Bakersfield(1-8) on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. The Dons then visit #19/#22 Washington (7-2) on Sunday at12:00 p.m. in their final road non-conference game of the season.

  • Overall Record: 6-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara wrapped up a two-game swing through Texas with a 72-57 lossat Rice on Wednesday night. The Broncos led by as many as seven pointsin the first half (17-10), but the Owls used a 19-4 run before the half to take the lead for good.

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster, the 2008-09 West Coast Conference Co-Newcomer of theYear, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. Foster, who was averaging 19.8 points per gamethis season, has a fracture of the fifth metatarsal that will require surgery in Santa Clara overthe holidays. Foster, a 6-foot-2 guard from Katy, Texas, injured his foot in the final minutes ofSanta Clara's 79-68 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1.

  • The Broncos open up an eight-game homestand this week with a pair of games beforethe holidays. The Broncos will take on Pacific (7-3) on Monday and San Jose State (5-4) onWednesday. This will be the second meeting of the year between the Broncos and Tigers, withPacific posting an 84-57 win on Nov. 22 in Stockton in the West Coast Classic.