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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 26, 2006

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WCC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Adoyah Miller, Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University senior guard Adoyah Miller enjoyed a standout week for the Lions. Miller averaged 21.5 ppg to go along with 6.0 rpg and 5.5 apg in the Lions' contests versus Boise State and Long Beach State. Miller scored a career-high 23 points in Loyola Marymount's 84-82 double-overtime win over Boise State. He added eight assists, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal in the win. He then dropped in a game-high 20 points versus Long Beach State. Miller finished the week 9-for-16 from the three-point line (56.3 percent).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

December 28
San Francisco at Louisville - 4:00 PM
14Colgate at Santa Clara - 6:00 PM
Portland at Oregon - 7:00 PM
15Pepperdine vs. Binghamton - 7:15 PM
16Western Carolina at Saint Mary's - 7:30 PM

December 29
Loyola Marymount at Akron - 5:00 PM
15Pepperdine vs. TBA - TBD
16Saint Mary's vs. TBA - TBD
14TBA vs. Santa Clara - TBD

December 30
17Gonzaga vs. Nevada - 3:00 PM $
San Diego at Fresno State - 7:00 PM

December 31
Loyola Marymount at Monmouth - 10:30 AM
Lewis & Clark at Portland - 2:00 PM

14 Cable Car Classic; 15 Comcast Lobo Invitational; 16 Shamrock Office Solutions Classic; 17 Battle in Seattle; $ Televised on ESPN

WCC TEAM NOTES

Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Gonzaga was edged by Duke, 61-54, in its lone game last week. The loss marks the first back-to-back defeats Gonzaga has suffered since 2002.

- The loss drops the Bulldogs to 8-2 all-time against ACC teams.

- Sophomore guard Jeremy Pargo enjoyed an outstanding game versus the Blue Devils, scoring a game-high 21 points, 17 in the second half, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds and handing out four assists. Pargo, arguably the most improved player in the conference, is the Bulldogs' third leading scorer with 11.8 ppg and leads the team in assists with 4.1 apg.

- Junior forward Abdullahi Kuso turned in a solid performance versus Duke, scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds, and blocking six shots.

- Gonzaga takes on Nevada (12/30) in the Battle in Seattle this week.

Loyola Marymount Lions (8-6 / 0-0 WCC)
- The Lions posted a 1-1 record last week, defeating Boise State, 84-82, in double-overtime before suffering a heartbreaking 66-65 setback versus Long Beach State.

- Senior guard Brandon Worthy, the second leading scorer in the conference suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee in the closing minutes of the Lions' win over Boise State. Worthy's playing career at LMU concludes with 1,255 points, ranking 16th all-time in LMU history. Worthy is also ranked fourth all-time in free throws made with 437, eighth in assists with 320 and seventh in steals with 157.

- Senior guard Adoyah Miller averaged 21.5 ppg, 5.5 apg and 6.0 rpg in the Lions' two games last week.

- The Lions play at Akron (12/29) and at Monmouth (12/31) this week.

Pepperdine Waves (3-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- Pepperdine dropped a 66-88 decision at Connecticut in its lone game last week.

- Sophomore guard Tomas Pranciliauskas scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Waves as he connected on six of 10 three-point field goals. Pranciliauskas ranks third in the WCC in three-point field goals made with 34, while ranking fifth in the conference in three-point accuracy (.420).

- Behind Pranciliauskas and junior guard Kingsley Costain, the Waves pace the conference in three-pointers made with 11.08 per game, nearly five more treys per game than the next closest team.

- The Waves travel to Albuquerque, NM to participate in the Comcast Lobo Invitational. Pepperdine will take on Binghamton (12/28) in the first round.

Portland Pilots (3-11 / 0-0 WCC)
- Portland fell at then-No. 20 Notre Dame, 86-69, before bouncing back to take a 61-58 win over Montana.

- In his third game back since a month layoff due to injury, senior guard Darren Cooper erupted for a season-high 23 points, including the final seven points of regulation in the Pilots' win over Montana. Since returning to the lineup, Cooper, who was selected as one of the top returning players in the WCC by the league's coaches, has reached double figures all three games, averaging 16.7 points in those contests.

- Three Pilots tallied career-highs versus Notre Dame in sophomore guard Brian McTear (14), senior Chris Jackson (9), and freshman Ethan Niedermeyer (8).

- The Pilots play at in-state rival Oregon (12/28) before returning to The Bluff to host Lewis and Clark (12/31).

Saint Mary's Gaels (6-8 / 0-0 WCC)
- Saint Mary's dropped a pair of games last week, falling at Saint Joseph's, 55-51, before suffering a 66-61 setback versus Southern Illinois

- Freshman center Omar Samhan dropped in a career-high 18 points to go along with six rebounds versus Saint Joseph's. Samhan leads all WCC freshmen in points (9.6 ppg), rebounding (5.9 rpg), field goal percentage (55.6 percent), and blocks (1.29 bpg).

- Sophomore forward Yusef Smith scored a career-high 11 points in the Gaels' contest versus Saint Joseph's

- The Gaels own a 6-2 record at home, but are winless on the road with an 0-6 mark.

- Saint Mary's hosts the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic this week. The Gaels take on Western Carolina (12/28) in the first round and Belmont or Rice the following night.

San Diego Toreros (9-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- San Diego continued its winning ways, downing UC Santa Barbara, 81-63. The win marked the Toreros seventh straight victory.

- Senior guard Ross DeRogatis and sophomore forward Gyno Pomare paced the Toreros with 19 points apiece in the win over UCSB, while sophomore guard Brandon Johnson enjoyed a solid all-around game with 13 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and five steals.

- The trio of DeRogatis (15.0 ppg), Johnson (14.3 ppg), and Pomare (16.1 ppg) has been outstanding during the Toreros' seven game winning streak, averaging a combined 45.4 ppg.

- Senior Nir Cohen, playing in his first game since breaking his left hand following the team's second game of the season, contributed 10 points in USD's win over UCSB.

- The Toreros look for their eighth straight win when they play at Fresno State (12/30).

San Francisco Dons (4-10 / 0-0 WCC)
- USF dropped three straight games last week at the Outrigger Rainbow Classic in Honolulu. The Dons fell to the host Warriors, 89-85, to Wyoming, 84-81 in overtime, and Valparaiso, 64-59.

- Senior forward Alan Wiggins, Jr. paced the Dons with 24 points versus Hawai'i, while senior guard Armondo Surratt tossed in 22 points. Surratt and Wiggins, Jr. rank 1-2 on the Dons in scoring with 15.6 ppg and 14.3 ppg, respectively. Wiggins, Jr. also paces the conference in field goal percentage with a 57.5 clip.

- Sophomore guard Antonio Kellogg tallied a team-high 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five steals in the Dons' loss to Wyoming.

- The Dons look to snap their six-game losing skid when they play at Louisville (12/28) this week.

Santa Clara Broncos (9-4 / 0-0 WCC)
- Santa Clara posted a 1-1 record last week, dropping a tough 74-60 decision at Kentucky, before bouncing back to take a 77-75 overtime decision versus Utah State.

- The Broncos, who have won four of their last five games, own a No. 45 RPI, according to Collegiate Basketball News.

- Sophomore center John Bryant matched his career high with 20 points and had a season-high 12 rebounds in the Broncos' win over Utah State. Bryant is enjoying a solid sophomore campaign, averaging 9.8 ppg to go along with 7.2 rpg, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field.

- Newcomer Danny Pariseau leads the Broncos in scoring (10.8 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg).

- SCU hosts Colgate (12/28) in the first round of the Cable Car Classic.