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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 22, 2008

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Gonzaga, Saint Mary's Ranked In Top 20 Of RPI; San Francisco No. 63
The WCC boasts three teams ranked in the top 65 of the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI report. Gonzaga enters the week at No. 8, while Saint Mary's jumped up to No. 19 after impressive wins over Oregon and Southern Illinois. San Francisco enters the week at No. 63 in the latest RPI report.

Upcoming Schedule

All Times PST

Mercer at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
Howard at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Boise State at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
San Francisco at San Jose State San Jose, CA
7:00 PM
Portland State at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
5:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Pacific Stockton, CA
7:00 PM
Stanford at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
8:00 PM
Portland vs. Air Force Berkeley, CA (Golden Bear Classic)
3:30 PM
San Francisco at Holy Cross Worcester, MA
4:00 PM
San Jose State at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA (Shamrock Office Solutions Classic)
7:30 PM
Loyola Marymount at New Mexico State Las Cruces, NM
12:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. Buffalo Honolulu, HI (Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic)
7:00 PM
Saint Mary's vs. TBA Moraga, CA (Shamrock Office Solutions Classic)
7:30 PM
Portland vs. TBA Berkeley, CA (Golden Bear Classic)

WCC Player of the Week: SMC's Omar Samhan Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's junior center turned in an impressive week, leading the Gaels to wins at Oregon and against Southern Illinois in the Wooden Tradition. Samhan tossed in 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Gaels' 78-73 win at Oregon. The San Ramon, CA native followed that up with his second double-double of the week, scoring 17 points and hauling down a career-high 16 boards. For the week, Samhan averaged 16.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg, and 3.0 bpg, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field (13-of-24).

WCC No. 10 In Latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report
The WCC maintained its top 10 RPI ranking in the latest Collegiate Basketball News conference RPI ratings. This marks the fourth straight week that the WCC has been listed in the conference RPI top 10.

1. ACC - 0.6015
2. Big Ten - .6008
3. Big East - 0.5753
4. Big 12 - 0.5742
5. Pac-10 - 0.5593
6. SEC - 0.5393
7. Mountain West - 0.5368
8. Atlantic 10 - 0.5346
9. Missouri Valley - 0.5274
10. WEST COAST - 0.5184



Overall Record: 8-2
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga rolled past Texas Southern, 84-42, before going toe-to-toe with No. 2 Connecticut, dropping an 88-83 overtime decision to the Huskies.

  • Sophomore guard Steven Gray led the Zags with a career-high 23 points to go along with seven boards, four assists, and zero turnovers in their overtime thriller against the Huskies. Gray, an All-WCC freshman team member last season, is one of the best off the bench in the country, ranking fourth on the Bulldogs' squad in scoring with 10.5 ppg.

  • The Zags boast one of the most balanced attacks in the country as five players average double figures, and six players average at least 9.6 ppg.

  • Austin Daye leads the WCC with 2.4 bpg and has already tallied 78 blocks in his career.

  • Gonzaga hosts Portland State (12/23) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 0-12
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions dropped three games last week, falling to UC Riverside, 59-52, UCLA, 75-44, and Tulsa, 79-45.

  • Freshman forward Kevin Young scored a career-best 16 points and grabbed five rebounds against Tulsa. He also added two assists, three steals and a block. Despite being in his first year at LMU, Young is one of the top rebounders in the league, averaging 6.7 rpg.

  • Freshman guard Jarred DuBois has been thrust into a starting role and has turned into a solid floor leader for the Lions, leading the Lions and ranking ninth in the WCC in assists (3.1 apg).

  • Sophomore guard Vernon Teel, the Lions leading scorer and rebounder broke his right foot against Notre Dame and had surgery Nov. 26 and will be out four to six weeks.

  • The Lions host Mercer (12/22) before traveling to Mercer (12/28) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 1-11
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves dropped three games last week, falling at USC, 91-77, and at Cal State Northridge, 99-64, before suffering an 86-58 setback at home versus Georgia Tech.

  • Sophomore forward Mychel Thompson scored a game-high 20 points in the Waves' loss to Georgia Tech. It was his second-highest total of the season and the third time that he has reached the 20-point plateau in his career.

  • Of the 12 players that saw action for the Waves against the Yellow Jackets, 10 were freshmen or sophomores, and eight weren't on the roster last year. The Waves played their eighth straight game without Ryan Holmes, their starting point guard and one of just three seniors, who is sidelined by a knee injury.

  • The Waves face Buffalo (12/28) in the first round of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 5-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots dropped a pair of games, falling at Northern Colorado, 76-73, and at in-state rival Oregon, 79-76, in overtime.

  • Junior guard Nik Raivio finished with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds against Oregon, while sophomore guard Jared Stohl added a career-high 21 points. Junior point guard T.J. Campbell finished with 17 as the three-guards combined for 61 of Portland's 76 points.

  • Raivio has put together an impressive junior season, ranking fourth in the WCC in scoring with 16.7 ppg, while shooting a solid .472 from the field and .359 from beyond the arc. In addition, Raivio is the top rebounding guard in the conference, ranking sixth in the WCC with 6.4 rpg.

  • Stohl leads the WCC with 2.44 three-point field goals per game.

  • Portland hosts Howard (12/22) before traveling to the Golden Bear Classic (12/27-12/28).
  • Overall Record: 9-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's had another impressive week, earning a 78-73 win at Oregon, before defeating Southern Illinois, 65-52, in the Wooden Tradition.

  • Senior forward Diamon Simpson notched his 24th career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Saint Mary's against Oregon. For the second time this season, and fourth time in their careers, Simpson and junior center Omar Samhan notched double-doubles in the same game for the Gaels. Samhan finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The two combined for 30 rebounds, nearly out-rebounding Oregon (39 rebounds) by themselves.

  • Samhan turned in a monster game against SIU, notching game-highs of 17 points and 16 boards. Samhan is enjoying a standout season, ranking fifth in the WCC in scoring (15.6 ppg), third in rebounding (10.2 rpg), third in FG percentage (.586), and third in blocks (2.1 bpg).

  • SMC travels to Pacific (12/23) before hosting the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic.
  • Overall Record: 6-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros evened their record to 6-6 on the season with a 79-49 win over the Academy of Art.

  • Rob Jones led four players in double digit scoring with 16 points against the Academy of Art. He was followed by Gyno Pomare (15), Roberto Mafra (12) and Chris Lewis (10).

  • Pomare grabbed eight rebounds against the Urban Knights to become USD's all-time rebounder for players from the Toreros' Division I era with 747. In addition, with 1,448 career points, he needs just six more points to move into the No. 2 spot on the Toreros' all-time list and is only 25 points shy of becoming USD's all-time leading scorer (Stan Washington with 1,472 points; 1971-74).

  • San Diego finishes its two-game homestand when the Toreros host Boise State (12/22) in their lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 7-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Through 11 games, USF owns a 7-4 record, including an unblemished 4-0 slate at War Memorial Gym, good for its best start in three seasons. The 2004-05 Dons, which advanced to the NIT, opened non-conference play at 8-3. The 4-0 home start is the best at War Memorial Gym since the 2004-05 team opened at an impressive 10-0.

  • USF is one of three WCC teams ranked in the RPI top 65, according to the latest Collegiate Basketball News rankings. The Dons enter the week ranked No. 63 in the latest RPI report.

  • With a 23-point night at USC (12/1/08), junior Dior Lowhorn surpassed 1,000 combined career points and enters Monday's contest at San Jose State with 1,084 points with 854 coming at USF and 230 at Texas Tech.

  • The Dons travel to San Jose State (12/22) and Holy Cross (12/27) this week.
  • Overall Record: 5-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped a pair of games last week, falling at UNLV, 78-66, and at Pacific, 63-57.

  • Already the school record holder in blocks (188), senior center John Bryant is inching closer to Dennis Awtrey's school record of 1,135 rebounds. Bryant grabbed eight rebounds against Pacific to up his career total to 816, moving him to No. 5 on the Broncos' career list. He is just the sixth player to collect 800+ rebounds in school history.

  • Freshman guard Kevin Foster has enjoyed a solid first season at Santa Clara, ranking second on the Broncos' squad with 11.0 ppg. His scoring average is the third highest among WCC freshmen.

  • Santa Clara returns home to host Bay Area rival Stanford (12/23) in a showdown televised on ESPNU in its lone game this week.