Undefeated Auburn, San Diego St rise in Top 25; Butler No. 6

Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi (11) gestures after scoring a 3-pointer during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Pepperdine in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. Gonzaga won 75-70. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

1. Gonzaga (2-0, 16-1)

Top-ranked Zags earned two league wins this week but neither was easy

2. Pacific (2-0, 14-4)

Gary Chivichyan’s banked 3-pointer to force third OT was magical in 4OT win vs. Saint Mary’s

3. Saint Mary’s (1-1, 14-3)

Jordan Ford had career-high 36 in loss to Pacific, Gaels host BYU on Thursday

4. BYU (1-0, 12-4)

Cougar defense was stingy in 63-38 win against Loyola Marymount

5. Santa Clara (1-0, 14-2)

Big blow to Broncos if Caruso’s injury is serious (11.6 points per game)

6. Portland (1-1, 9-8)

Pilots broke five-game losing streak with win against San Francisco

7. San Francisco (0-2, 11-6)

Dons have lost three in a row after 0-2 start in WCC play

8. Loyola Marymount (1-1, 7-9)

Young Lions will play everybody tough this season

9. Pepperdine (0-2, 7-9)

Waves get up for big games, stood toe-to-toe with Gonzaga before losing 75-70

10. San Diego (0-2, 7-10)

Toreros made 11 of 22 from 3-point line but still lost to Santa Clara by 17

WCC Player of the Week Jahlil Tripp, Sr. G, Pacific

Tripp helped lead the Tigers to a 59-56 win against Santa Clara in their conference opener with 13 points and nine rebounds. Two days later, Tripp turned in a career performance with 39 points and 11 rebounds in a four-overtime victory against Saint Mary’s.

WCC Standings

Gonzaga 2-0, 16-1

Pacific 2-0, 14-4

Saint Mary’s 1-1, 14-3

Santa Clara 1-0, 14-2

BYU 1-0, 12-4

Portland 1-1, 9-8

Loyola Marymount 1-1, 7-9

San Francisco 0-2, 11-6

San Diego 0-2, 7-10

Pepperdine 0-2, 7-9

Last week’s schedule

Thursday, Jan. 2

Gonzaga 85, Portland 72

Pacific 59, Pepperdine 56

Loyola Marymount 64, San Diego 58

Saint Mary’s 69, San Francisco 58

Saturday, Jan. 4

Santa Clara 80, San Diego 63

BYU 63, Loyola Marymount 38

Gonzaga 75, Pepperdine 70

Portland 76, San Francisco 65

Pacific 107, Saint Mary’s 99 (4OT)

This Week’s Schedule

Thursday

Gonzaga at San Diego, 8 p.m. MT (WCC Network)

BYU at Saint Mary’s, 9 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

Santa Clara at San Francisco, 9 p.m. MT (WCC Network)

Saturday

Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m. MT (WCC Network)

San Francisco at Pacific, 5 p.m. MT (WCC Network)

Santa Clara at Saint Mary’s, 6 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Portland at BYU, 7 p.m. MT (BYUtv)

Pepperdine at San Diego, 8 p.m. MT (WCC Network)

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