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WCC Weekly Wrap: BYU starts to get offensively charged up again

The Cougars have won four in a row and are probably playing the best basketball in the league as of late.

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Welp, that was an ugly weekend for Gonzaga. So let's not talk about it. Onto the standings.

Conference Overall
Gonzaga 11-1 21-4
BYU 9-4 17-9
Saint Mary's 8-4 18-7
San Francisco 8-5 15-10
Pepperdine 7-6 14-11
Portland 5-7 13-11
Pacific 4-8 13-10
San Diego 4-9 13-13
Santa Clara 4-9 11-15
LMU 3-10 11-14

Now onto the scores around the league.


def. Santa Clara, 89-76; def. San Francisco, 68-63

The Cougars put themselves back in the thick of any conversation about the WCC with yet another two win week led by Tyler Haws. Haws had 27 points against Santa Clara and added 19 against San Francisco. Any conversation about the WCC player of the year should have Haws name at the top of the pile. Against Santa Clara, the Cougars displayed why they are such a terrifying team to play -- 60 field goal attempts and 42 free throw attempts.

Saint Mary's

def. @ LMU, 77-58; def. @ Pepperdine, 69-67 OT

Saint Mary's got back on track after losing two in a row by easily dispatching LMU on the road. Kerry Carter was one of four starters to score in double digits and led all scorers with 20 points. The Gaels offense was its traditional, freakily efficient self in the game as the team shot 58 percent from the floor. Things were a bit tougher against Pepperdine. Stephen Holt had a career high 29 points, but the rest of the team didn't mirror his energy as the Gaels shot 35 percent from the floor.

San Francisco

def. @ San Diego, 74-67, lost @ BYU, 68-63

The San Francisco Dons might have one of the best defenses in the league, but at times the offense can't pull out the points for the win. Against San Diego, Cole Dickerson had another fantastic night, leading all scorers with 21 points. The Dons held the Toreros to 42 percent from the floor. Against BYU they were even better, limiting the Cougars to just 41 percent shooting, but the offense couldn't bail them out. Tim Derksen led the Dons with 17 points but they were brutally outrebounded in the game, which allowed BYU to get the chances it needed. BYU finished with 18 offensive boards.


def. Pacific, 80-69; lost @ Saint Mary's, 69-67 OT

Brendan Lane had a great game against Pacific, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor and scoring 18 points while grabbing eight rebounds and blocking five shots. Stacy Davis added 24 points and eight rebounds in the win. Lane was almost the big hero against Saint Mary's. He dunked it home to tie the game with 19 seconds left and send it into overtime. Lane couldn't continue the magic in overtime, and his last shot was blocked to allow the Gaels to secure the win.


lost @ Gonzaga, 71-66

We all know what happened in this game.


lost @ Pepperdine, 80-69; def. @ LMU, 82-72

After struggling mightily to open the season, the Tigers are finally looking a bit better -- half of the time. They were pretty terrible against Pepperdine, shooting 38 percent from the floor and unable to convert anything into offense, despite 10 offensive rebounds. They rebounded against LMU (like most people do this year). T.J. Wallace led all scorers with 22 points in the game.

San Diego

lost San Francisco, 74-67; lost Santa Clara, 69-63

The Toreros are now in a three game losing streak. Four players scored in double figures against San Francisco, but they couldn't get any offense at all from the bench, which contributed just five points. It was the same story against Santa Clara. Duda Sanadze had 23 points and Johnny Dee added 18, but Billy Grier just doesn't have the bodies to help out to spell those players. The bench once against scored just five points.

Santa Clara

lost @ BYU, 89-76; def. @ San Diego, 69-63

Jared Brownridge had a rough shooting night, missing all six of his threes and going 5-of-19 from the field to the tune of 16 points against BYU. It didn't really matter, however, as BYU's offense was rolling. The most interesting thing about it was the use of Brownridge, who clearly has every green light in the Bay Area to shoot as he pleases. Brandon Clark scored 23 and Brownridge added 17 in the win over San Diego. For the week, Brownridge took 37 shots.


lost Saint Mary's, 77-58; lost Pacific, 82-72

Poor Lions. They are back to their losing ways because outside of the starting five they hardly have a player fit to be on the court. Evan Payne scored 17 against the Gaels as Anthony Ireland had a rough shooting night. Things were a bit better against Pacific, but with the team limited to pretty much a seven man rotation, the Lions are going to have a long, painful finish to the season.