WCC Standings: Goodbye BYU

William Mancebo

The Zags had a great week, the Cougars not so much.

First up, the standings in the WCC.

Gonzaga 8-1 18-3
Saint Mary's 6-2 16-5
San Francisco 6-3 13-8
Brigham Young 5-4 13-9
Pepperdine 5-5 12-10
Portland 4-5 12-9
San Diego 3-6 12-10
Santa Clara 3-6 10-12
Loyola Marymount 3-7 11-11
Pacific 2-6 11-8

Now onto a quick recap of the week.

Saint Mary's

def. Pepperdine, 80-74; def. LMU, 89-61

The Gaels are hitting their offensive stride at the exact right time. Brad Waldow was probably the player of the week for the WCC, if not for one other person, scoring 21 against Pepperdine and adding 27 against LMU.

San Francisco

def. Santa Clara 75-66

Cole Dickerson's 28 points were more than enough to help push the Dons past the Broncos in their lone game of the week. San Francisco shot 49 percent from the floor and out rebounded Santa Clara 37-22, including grabbing 12 offensive boards.

Brigham Young

lost @ Portland, 114-110 (3OT); lost @ Gonzaga, 84-69

Here is your player of the week. Tyler Haws had one monster game against Portland and one very Tyler Haws game against Gonzaga. Too bad BYU lost both contests and reduced itself to middle of the WCC pack -- not a good position to be in. Haws had 48 points in 50 minutes against Portland and then added 23 against Gonzaga. But man, BYU this year. Just when you think they are turning the corner, a week like this happens.

Pepperdine

lost @Saint Mary's, 80-74; lost @ Pacific, 76-66

For a while there it looked like Pepperdine might have some staying power around the top of the standings. Saint Mary's reminded them to sit back down kindly and then Pacific rudely slapped the door on their way out. Brendan Lane had 18 points against the Gaels, but that is about it for offensive pluses this week.

Portland

def. BYU, 114-110 (3OT); lost San Diego, 63-65

The Gonzaga win is definitely the bigger win in the program's history, but this triple overtime thriller against BYU has to be up there as well. Thomas van der Mars and Bobby Sharp each had 27 points to help outlast the Cougars. The wheels came off against San Diego. Kevin Bailey had 21 points for a gassed Portland squad.

San Diego

lost @ Gonzaga, 59-56; def. @ Portland, 65-63

This week is San Diego in a nutshell. Total difference of one point in two games, comes away with one win and one loss. Johnny Dee went crazed against Gonzaga, scoring 26 points and going 8-of-10 from the field in the process. The good times continued against Portland with 21 points. Dee's shooting line on the week: 15-of-20 from the floor, 7-of-7 from three point and 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

Santa Clara

lost @ San Francisco, 75-66

Jared Brownridge had 30 points but it wasn't enough to stop the Santa Clara free fall. They just registered their fourth-straight loss and the team is struggling to put consistent offensive outputs together. Brandon Clark added 12 for the Broncos. After that, the rest of the team shot 30 percent against San Francisco.

Loyola Marymount

def. @ Pacific, 92-81; lost @ Saint Mary's, 89-61

Honestly, I'm glad to see LMU get a win, mainly because it's always better for the WCC. Also, though, LMU has been beaten, battered, bruised and then some. Anthony Ireland had 24 and Evan Payne added 25 in the win over Pacific. Ireland and Gabe Levin had 17 points against Saint Mary's, but not too many of their teammates lent a helping hand.

Pacific

lost LMU, 92-81; def. Pepperdine 76-66

The Pacific offense looked balanced enough against LMU with four players scoring in double figures. Unfortunately, four LMU players also scored in double figures to upend the Tigers. The defense figured it out against Pepperdine, holding the Waves to 42 percent shooting in the win.

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