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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 28, 2009

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West Coast Conference Continues Non-Conference Play

WCC Men's teams enjoyed an 8-4 record against non-conference opponents last week with Loyola Marymount, Portland, and Saint Mary's coming away with winning weeks. The Gaels took third place in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, while Loyola Marymount took down Long Beach State and Sacramento State, with Portland beating Idaho. For the Pilots, Jared Stohl broke his previous school record, hitting 10 three-pointers in the game.

This week, Saint Mary's will host the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic and Santa Clara will host the Cable Car Classic, while Gonzaga plays against Oklahoma (ESPN2) and Illinois (CBS) in a pair of nationally televised games.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Eastern Washington at Gonzaga Spokane, WA
6:00 PM

Portland at Nevada Reno, NV
7:05 PM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Northeastern at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
6:00 PM

Savannah State at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

Binghamton at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:35 PM

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine at Georgia Athens, GA
4:00 PM

Seattle at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM

Howard at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:35 PM

Kent State/Wofford at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
6:00/8:00 PM

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Evergreen State at Portland Portland, OR
3:00 PM

Mississippi State at San Diego San Diego, CA
4:00 PM

Oklahoma vs. Gonzga Spokane, WA
Spokane Arena
7:00 PM
ESPN2
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga vs. Illinois Chicago, IL
11:00 AM
CBS
New Hampshire at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA
1:00 PM

Army at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM

Holy Namea at San Frnacisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
3:00 PM
Miami at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
4:00 PM

Florida A&M at San Diego San Diego, CA
6:00 PM


AROUND THE WCC

WCC Player of the Week
Jared Stohl, Portland, G, 6-1, Jr., Marysville, WA
Stohl broke his own school record by making 10 three-pointers in Portland's 82-52 win over Idaho on Tuesday. The Marysville, Wash. native finished 10-for-15 from three-point range for 30 points. He also grabbed a career-high six rebounds and matched his career-high of three steals. He became the first college basketball player in the last decade to score 30 points without making a free throw or two-point field goal.

Also Nominated: Vernon Teel (Loyola Marymount), Mychel Thompson (Pepperdine)

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 Classic at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Dec. 19. The 41 points scored was 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 Pargo into 18th place on the all-time Gonzaga University scoring list. Bouldin needs 17 points to move past NBA legend John Stockton (1,340 from 1981-84) into 17th place. Bouldin is also moving up the career lists for assists and steals. His 345 assists rank sixth and his 141 steals are fifth.

  • The Zags return from an eight-day holiday break to host Eastern Washington (4-9, 0-1 Big Sky) on Monday. Gonzaga will then take on Oklahoma (8-4) on Dec. 31 in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic at Spokane Arena on ESPN2 and Illinois (8-4) on Saturday at the United Center in Chicago on CBS. Including the games against Illinois and Oklahoma, Gonzaga plays nine of its first 14 games against teams from the "Power 6" conferences.

  • Overall Record: 7-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount increased its winning streak to four with an 82-78 road victory over Sacramento State (6-8, 1-1 Big Sky) on Sunday afternoon. The Lions led by as many as 21 (55-34) in the second half before holding on for their first four-game winning streak since November of 2006. Jarred DuBois led the Lions with 24 points, including a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left that give the Lions a two possession lead.

  • The Lions have won four in a row and five of their last seven to more than double their win total from an injury plagued 2008-09 season (3-27). In addition, two of LMU's wins this season have come on the road over teams from "Power 6" conferences (USC and Notre Dame) and five of the Lions' seven losses have come by six points or less.

  • The Lions will wrap up 2009 by hosting Seattle (6-7) on Wednesday at Gersten Pavilion. LMU will then hit the road to take on Cal State Bakersfield (1-9) on Sunday in the second meeting between the teams in two weeks. The Lions defeated the Roadrunners 84-71 on Dec. 19.

  • Overall Record: 4-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine fell 74-61 at UC Irvine (6-5) on Monday as the Anteaters pulled away in the final 3:35 on the strength of a 13-2 run. The Waves rebounded on Wednesday with a 76-64 home victory over 2009 NCAA Tournament participant Utah (5-7). Mychel Thompson tied a career-high with 25 points to help the Waves snap a seven-game losing streak.

  • Sophomore guard Keion Bell is currently averaging 20.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He ranked as high as ninth nationally in scoring earlier this season, and until after the Waves' last game when his assist average dipped, he was one of just two players in the country averaging at least 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. At his current pace, Bell could become Pepperdine's 35th 1,000-point scorer by the end of his sophomore season (currently has 701).

  • The Waves conclude non-conference play this week against SEC and ACC opposition. Pepperdine will visit Georgia (6-4) on Wednesday night before returning home to take on Miami of Florida (12-1, 0-1 ACC) on Sunday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

  • Overall Record: 7-4
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Junior Jared Stohl broke his own school record by draining 10 3-pointers as the Pilots rolled over visiting Idaho (6-4) 82-52 on Tuesday. In addition to his 10 3-pointers and second career 30-point game, Stohl grabbed a career-high six rebounds and tied a career-best with three steals. Portland also set a team and Chiles Center record with 16 3-pointers to avenge a 68-48 road loss to the Vandals on Dec. 6.

  • Senior guard Nik Raivio became the 31st 1,000-point scorer in school history on Dec. 2 against Portland State. He is only the 12th Portland player to accomplish the feat in three years or less (Raivio spent two years in junior college). Raivio joins his father, University of Portland Hall of Famer Rick Raivio, as the only father-son 1,000-point scoring tandem in school history.

  • Portland will visit Nevada (7-5) on Monday before returning home for a pair of games to conclude the non-conference season. The Pilots will host NAIA Division II Evergreen State (10-4, 3-1 Cascade) on Thursday and Army (9-2) on Saturday.

  • Overall Record: 11-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's finished third at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Classic by going 2-1 in a four-day span. The Gaels opened the eight-team tourney with a 78-67 win over Northeastern (3-7, 0-1 Colonial) on Tuesday and then dropped a 60-49 decision to USC (8-4) on Wednesday. Saint Mary's defeated host Hawaii (6-6) 84-75 in Friday's third place game. Omar Samhan had 24 points and seven rebounds in the win over Hawaii.

  • Senior Omar Samhan now has 1,396 career points and moved from to ninth to seventh on the all-time school career list with 56 points in three games at the Diamond Head Classic. Samhan, who is a three-time WCC Player of the Week this season, has scored in double figures in all 13 games this season and has pulled 10 or more rebounds on eight occasions.

  • Saint Mary's will conclude the non-conference portion of its campaign by hosting the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic. The Gaels will play Binghamton (4-8) on Tuesday and Howard (1-10, 1-0 MEAC) on Wednesday.

  • Overall Record: 5-8
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego dropped two games in as many days at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at South Point Arena on Dec. 19-20. Southern Illinois (7-2) posted a 70-68 come-from-behind win over the Toreros on Saturday, Dec. 19 as the Salukis closed the game on a 13-0 run over the final 3:30 to erase an 11-point deficit. San Diego then dropped a 69-60 decision to South Florida (10-2) on Sunday, Dec. 20 as the Bulls outscored the Toreros 35-18 over the final 15:45 to win going away.

  • The Toreros have played one of the toughest non-conference slates in the WCC, and have played nine of their 13 games away from the Jenny Craig Pavilion. San Diego already owns a home win over Stanford (5-6), neutral wins over then-No. 25/-- Oklahoma (8-4) and Houston (7-3) and a road win over Boise State (8-4).

  • San Diego wraps up non-conference play by hosting Savannah State (5-8) on Tuesday, Mississippi State (10-2) on Thursday and Florida A&M (2-10, 0-1 MEAC) on Sunday.

  • Overall Record: 4-10
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Dons improved to 4-1 at home with an 82-74 victory over Cal State Bakersfield (1-9) behind 27 points, nine rebounds and 17-of-21 shooting from the free throw line by Dior Lowhorn. San Francisco then fell to 0-9 away from home with an 86-71 loss at #19/22 Washington (9-2) on Sunday despite 14 points and 12 rebounds in just 24 minutes from Moustapha Diarra.

  • Senior forward Dior Lowhorn continues to charge up the USF career scoring lists and became the 30th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points on Jan. 15, 2009. Lowhorn has scored 1,483 career points in 74 games for a 20.0 points per game average and currently rates 12th on the Dons all-time scoring list. San Francisco Hall-of-Famer and former NBA All-Star Phil Smith (1971-74) is in 11th place with 1,523 career points.

  • San Francisco will conclude non-conference play when it hosts NAIA Division II Holy Names (1-14) on Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium.

  • Overall Record: 7-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Marc Trasolini made two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to lead the Broncos to a 54-53 home win over Pacific (7-4) on Monday. The win avenged an 84-57 road loss to the Tigers on Nov. 22. San Jose State (6-5) handed the Broncos a 74-68 defeat at the Leavey Center on Wednesday as SJSU rallied from a 10-point deficit.

  • Sophomore guard Kevin Foster, the 2008-09 West Coast Conference Co-Newcomer of the Year, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. Foster, who was averaging 19.8 points per game this season, injured his foot in the final minutes of Santa Clara's 79-68 victory at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 1.

  • The Broncos next host the 43rd Annual Cable Car Classic and will play Northeastern (3-7, 0-1 Colonial) in the opening round on Tuesday and either Kent State (7-4) or Wofford (7-6, 0-2 Southern) in Wednesday's final round. Santa Clara will then continue its eight-game homestand by hosting New Hampshire (4-5) on Sunday and Harvard (7-3) on Monday, Jan. 4.