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WCC Men's Basketball Weekly Notes

Dec. 29, 2008

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WCC Teams Begin Final Week Of Non-Conference Play
WCC teams close out 2008 and welcome in the new year with the final week of non-conference play. Conference play begins on January 9th. WCC teams have combined to play the third toughest schedule in the country, according to the latest Collegiate Basketball News strength of schedule ratings.

Upcoming Schedule

All Times PST

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Pepperdine vs. Coppin State Honolulu, HI (Rainbow Classic)
3:30 PM
San Francisco at Boston College Boston, MA
4:00 PM
Belmont at Santa Clara Santa Clara, CA (Cable Car Classic)
6:00 PM
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
San Diego at Mississippi State Starkville, MS
6:00 PM
Portland at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM
Pepperdine vs. TBA Honolulu, HI (Rainbow Classic)
TBA
Santa Clara vs. TBA Santa Clara, CA (Cable Car Classic)
TBA
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Gonzaga at Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
5:00 PM
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Loyola Marymount at Seattle Seattle, WA
6:30 PM
FRIDAY, JANUARY 2
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at Harvard Boston, MA
4:00 PM
Saint Mary's at Cal State Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA
7:00 PM
Marshall at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Western Oregon at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
2:00 PM
Cal State East Bay at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
TEAMS LOCATION
TIME
RECAP
Santa Clara at New Hampshire Durham, NH
10:00 AM
Seattle at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM
Cal State Bakersfield at Loyola Marymount Moraga, CA (Shamrock Office Solutions Classic)
7:30 PM

AROUND THE WCC
WCC Player of the Week: SMC's Diamon Simpson Earns Weekly Honor
Saint Mary's senior forward Diamon Simpson led the Gaels to a 3-0 record last week and the tournament title of the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic. Simpson averaged 15.6 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 5.0 bpg, and 2.3 spg in wins over Pacific, San Jose State, and Morgan State. With seven blocks against Morgan State, he now has 209 for his career and moved into second all-time in the WCC for blocks, passing Gonzaga's Casey Calvary's total of 205. The weekly honor is his second of the season and seventh in his career.

Saint Mary's, Gonzaga Ranked In RPI Top 20
Saint Mary's and Gonzaga enter the week ranked in the RPI top 20, according to the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI report. The Gaels are ranked No. 12, while the Zags check in at No. 19. With two teams listed in the top 20, the WCC is just one of four conferences with at least two teams in the RPI top 20.

Conferences With Multiple Teams In the RPI Top 20
ACC - 5
Big East - 3
WCC - 2
Big 12 - 2


WCC TEAM NOTES

SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 8-3
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga dropped a 77-70 decision to Portland State in its lone game last week.

  • The Zags loss to Portland State was their third home loss in 58 games since the McCarthey Athletic Center opened in 2004. Gonzaga's last home loss was to Washington State last season and the Zags had won 10 straight at home since.

  • Jeremy Pargo leads the WCC and ranks fifth in the nation in assists with 7.2 apg.

  • Austin Daye leads the WCC with 2.4 bpg and has already tallied 80 blocks in his career.

  • Matt Boudin ranks second in the WCC with 21 steals.

  • Gonzaga looks to get back on track as the Zags travel to Utah (12/31) this week.
  • Overall Record: 0-14
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Lions fell to Mercer, 75-52, before dropping a 104-62 decision at New Mexico State.

  • Freshman forward LaRon Armstead had a career-high 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting against Mercer. Senior guard Corey Counts added 12 points and sophomore forward Brad Sweezy came off the bench for a career-best seven rebounds with four points.

  • Freshman forward Kevin Young had one of the best games for a freshman in LMU history with a record setting afternoon at New Mexico. Young finished the game with 16 points and 19 rebounds. It was the most rebounds be a freshman in LMU history and the most rebounds in a game by a Lion since Ime Odouk had 22 on Jan. 7, 1994 against Buffalo. Fourteen of Young's rebounds came on the offensive end and the total moved him into fifth place in the WCC.

  • The Lions travel to Seattle (1/1) before hosting Cal State Bakersfield (1/4).
  • Overall Record: 1-12
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Waves dropped a thrilling 72-71 overtime decision to Buffalo in the first round of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.

  • Senior guard Rico Tucker had a season-high 14 points to go with five assists against Buffalo, while freshman guard Lorne Jackson also had 14 points and sophomore forward Mychel Thompson grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points.

  • Of the 10 players that saw action for the Waves, eight were freshmen or sophomores, and seven weren't on the roster last year. The Waves played their ninth 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 Coppin State (12/29) in the consolation bracket before concluding the tournament on Tuesday.
  • Overall Record: 7-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Pilots defeated Howard, 98-73, before edging Air Force, 43-42, in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic. The Pilots fell to host Cal, 81-61, in the title game.

  • Junior guard T.J. Campbell and sophomore forward Luke Sikma were both named to the All-Tournament Team for the Pilots. Campbell had 10 points and nine assists in the championship game against Cal, while Sikma added 10 points and seven rebounds.

  • Portland's victory while scoring just 43 points matched a school record at the Division I level for fewest points in a win. Portland defeated Santa Clara 43-41 during the 1960-61 season. The 42 points allowed was a season-low for Portland and the lowest since 1999-00 when the Pilots defeated Seattle, 82-33.

  • Portland travels to Cal State Bakersfield (12/30) before hosting Seattle (1/4).
  • Overall Record: 12-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's improved its winning streak to nine straight with wins over Pacific, 74-65, San Jose State, 87-78, and Morgan State, 76-60.

  • Senior forward Diamon Simpson turned in a spectacular week, averaging 15.6 ppg, 13.0 rpg, 5.0 bpg, and 2.3 spg in leading the Gaels to the three wins. In the process, Simpson increased his career blocks total to 209, moving into second all-time in the WCC for blocks, passing Gonzaga's Casey Calvary's total of 205.

  • After grabbing a total of 39 rebounds in the three games, Simpson topped the 900-rebound mark for his career, and has 908 total rebounds. He is nine rebounds shy of becoming Saint Mary's all-time leading rebounder, breaking Tom Mesherry's 47-year old record of 916. He currently ranks 19th on the WCC's all-time rebounding list.

  • SMC travels to Cal State Bakersfield (1/2) in its lone game this week.
  • Overall Record: 6-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Toreros dropped a 75-72 decision to Boise State in their lone game last week.

  • Senior Gyno Pomare led the Toreros with 22 points against Boise State. Pomare needs just three points to become USD's all-time leading scorer. With 1,470 career points, he currently sits behind Stan Washington (1,472; 1971-74). In addition, Pomare already has 752 career rebounds to rank first among USD Division I players. Pomare is the only Torero to have reached 1,400 points and 700 rebounds.

  • Sophomore guard Trumaine Johnson saw his first action of the season against Boise State and responded with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

  • San Diego travels to Mississippi State (12/30) before returning home to host Marshall (1/2) this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 7-6
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco fell to San Jose State, 82-76, and Holy Cross, 97-88, last week.

  • Senior guard Manny Quezada tossed in 26 points in the Dons' setback versus Holy Cross. Quezada now has 988 career points and is just 12 points from becoming just the 28th USF player to top 1,000 points.

  • Junior Dior Lowhorn leads the Dons and the WCC with 20.5 ppg. Lowhorn ranks 26th in the nation in scoring.

  • Led by Lowhorn, the Dons rank second in the WCC in three-point percentage (.383). Lowhorn leads the WCC in three-point accuracy (.514), while Quezada ranks sixth (.435).

  • The Dons travel to Boston College (12/29) before hosting Cal State Eastbay (1/3).
  • Overall Record: 5-7
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • The Broncos dropped a 77-69 decision to Bay Area rival Stanford.

  • Senior center John Bryant turned in a monster performance versus Stanford. Bryant scored a game-high 27 points and hauled down a game-best 22 rebounds. Ten of Bryant's 22 rebounds game on the offensive end. He now leads the WCC in offensive rebounding with 4.58 per game.

  • Bryant ranks second in the nation in overall rebounds, trailing Oklahoma's Blake Griffin by 16 rebounds. His 12.8 rpg

  • Freshman Kevin Foster (10.8 ppg) and James Rahon (10.0 ppg) rank second and third on the Broncos in scoring.

  • The Broncos host the Cable Car Classic (12/29-12/30) before traveling to Harvard (1/2).