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The Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament heads into day two on Thursday evening at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. A day after eighth seeded Portland knocked out ninth seeded Santa Clara, the second round brings in the first "bye teams." The entire tournament is available through live streaming, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU picking up the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals (in reverse order).
The No. 5 seed San Francisco Dons (18-12, 8-8) will meet the No. 8 seed Portland Pilots (7-23, 3-13) at 6 p.m. PST. The other second round matchup features the No. 6 seed San Diego Toreros (12-17, 7-9) meeting the No. 7 seed Pepperdine Waves (10-18, 4-12) 30 minutes after the conclusion of USF-Portland. Both games will be broadcast on BYUtv and live streamed on ESPN3.com.
The Dons enter the WCC tournament on a fairly strong run. They are 3-3 in their last six, but they knocked off Gonzaga and gave Saint Mary's a tough battle at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco. After a solid run through their non-conference schedule, San Francisco struggled out of the gates losing their first four conference games. They bounced back however and finished 8-8 in conference play. They have beaten Portland twice this year, with the most recent 72-71 win courtesy of a pair of Cody Doolin free throws with 17 seconds left to win.
Portland's win over Santa Clara helped them snap a six-game losing streak heading into the tournament. It has been a tough season for the Pilots with their only conference wins coming over Santa Clara and Pepperdine.
The winner of this game will face the No. 4 seed Loyola Marymount Lions on Friday night in a 6 p.m. PST game televised by ESPNU. The second game Friday night will pit the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars against the winner of San Diego-Pepperdine.
The Bay Area was well represented in the West Coast Conference end of season honors. We break down the USF and Saint Mary's players who were honored.
The San Francisco Dons wrapped up their 2011-12 regular season on Saturday with a tough loss to the Saint Mary's Gaels. USF was locked into the fifth seed in spite of the loss thanks to San Diego's loss to Gonzaga. USF claimed a huge upset win over Gonzaga last weekend, but was unable to build on it in a tough loss to the Gaels.
San Francisco now gets to wait for their second round opponent in the WCC tournament. USF will face the winner of Santa Clara-Portland, who square off on Wednesday. The winner of that matchup will advance to face San Francisco on Thursday, March 1. The Dons swept both series and will look to continue their strong play once the tournament gets going.
USF now sits only two wins away from a potential 20-win season. If USF can beat the winner of Santa Clara-Portland and then potentially spring an upset of Loyola Marymount, they could be looking at a possible NIT appearance. It will take some strong performances over the next week, but it remains a possibility.
The St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels visited the San Francisco Dons in a WCC showdown on Saturday night and the last regular-season game of the year. The Gaels picked up the 67-60 win after trailing at halftime and with the win, clinched the WCC regular season title. They will head into the WCC Tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Gaels won the title outright, marking the first time in the past decade that the Gonzaga Bulldogs have not won or claimed a share of the top spot in the conference.
The Gaels trailed at halftime by a score of 37-36 but came back in the second half to secure the seven-point win. Clint Steindl of St. Mary's led all scorers with 16 points. Rob Jones contributed a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Brad Waldow had 10 points and 12 board. On the USF side, Cody Doolin scored 13 points to lead the pack.
The Dons will enter the WCC Tournament as the No. 5 seed, based on the Gonzaga Bulldogs having defeated the San Diego Toreros.
The Saint Mary's Gaels travel across the Bay on Saturday to face the San Francisco Dons in the 172nd meeting of the Bay Area rivals. USF has lost twelve straight to the Gaels, but will be looking to build off their last second home upset of the Gonzaga Bulldogs last weekend. Saint Mary's is looking to clinch the WCC regular season title and deny Gonzaga a shared title for the first time in over a decade.
Thanks to the tie-breaker edge over Gonzaga, Saint Mary's has already clinched the number one seed in the tournament following their Thursday win over Portland. However, a Saint Mary's win on Saturday or a Gonzaga loss to San Diego would end Gonzaga's reign of conference regular season titles.
Saint Mary's has a bye through to the semifinals where they will face the winner of the 5/8/9/4 quarterfinal matchup. The eight and nine seeds (likely to be Portland and Santa Clara) square off in the Wednesday play-in game. The winner of that game advances to face the five seed in the second round. As it currently stands, USF would be that seed. They are currently a game up on San Diego, who is hosting Gonzaga on Saturday.
The winner of a potential USF/Santa Clara/Portland matchup would advance to face the four seed. Right now, Loyola Marymount is the four, but if LMU beats Santa Clara and Portland beats BYU (not likely), BYU drops into the four seed. The winner of that contest then advances to face Saint Mary's in the semifinals.
The San Francisco Dons were expecting a tough matchup as they hosted the No. 24 Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday night and they certainly got it. The WCC showdown came down to the wire, but the Dons were able to hold on for the 66-65 win to improve to 8-7 in WCC play and 18-11 overall.
USF took an early lead over Gonzaga and headed into halftime with a 36-33 lead. The Bulldogs played much better in the second half, actually outscoring the Dons by two points in the frame. The difference came down to the final seconds. The Dons trailed, 65-64, when Rashad Green nailed a jumper with three seconds left on the clock. Elias Harris missed the potential three-point buzzer beater with one second left and the Dons emerged victorious.
Harris led all scorers in the game with 21 points, adding the double-double with 10 rebounds. On the winning side, Green led Dons scorers with 16 points and five steals. Perris Blackwell added 14 points and nine rebounds.
With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 11-3 in the WCC and 21-5 overall. The loss may very well usher them out of the top 25 on the national polls.
The Dons will play their next game on Saturday, February 25, as they host the St. Mary's Gaels.
The San Francisco Dons continue winding down their 2011-2012 season as they host the No. 24 Gonzaga Bulldogs at War Memorlal Gym Saturday evening at 5:00pm PT. The Dons are in the midst of a tough final home stretch that featured BYU on Thursday, Gonzaga on Saturday and Saint Mary's next Saturday. Saturday's game against Gonzaga will feature Bill Cartwright Appreciation Night, with the first 750 fans getting Cartwright replica jerseys.
The Dons lost a golden opportunity for a big win on Thursday as they suffered a last second defeat to the BYU Cougars. USF trailed for most of the game before securing their first lead with 46 seconds left. Perris Blackwell had a chance to widen the one point lead but missed the front end of a one-and-one. BYU freshman Matt Carlino drove in for a layup with 23 seconds, which was the difference in the game.
The Dons lost their first matchup with Gonzaga back in mid-January, falling 74-63. Angelo Caloiaro led USF with 14 points and 9 rebounds, but it was not enough to overcome four double digit scoring days for Gonzaga. Perris Blackwell had one of his weaker games of the year, but has since bounced back with double digit points in his last six games and back-to-back double-doubles heading into this game.
The San Francisco Dons lost a heart-breaker Thursday evening as they dropped an 85-84 decision to the BYU Cougars at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco. The Dons climbed back from an 11-point deficit in the first half and an eight point deficit in the final 3:23 but came up just short as they missed a pair of shots in the closing seconds that would have secured the win.
BYU climbed on top early in the game, but struggled to put the Dons away. The Cougars took the first lead and held it for over 39 minutes of game time. Matt Carlino led the way with 30 points, Noah Hartsock added 16 points and Charles Abouo added 15 points. Carlino was the hero of the night for BYU as he scored the game-winning basket with 23 seconds left.
San Francisco grabbed their first lead of the game with 46 seconds left when Rashad Green hit a jumper to give the Dons an 84-83 lead. The Dons had a chance to put the game away with free throws 19 seconds later. Angelo Caloiaro initally stripped the ball from Noah Hartsock, which Hartsock quickly recovered. The BYU forward went up for a shot but Caloiaro came from behind to block the ball into the hands of Perris Blackwell.
The Dons forward was quickly fouled and sent to the line looking to extend the Dons lead. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, and BYU took over. Carlino drove to the lane and made what proved to be the game-winning layup with 23 seconds left. The Dons were led by Caloiaro who scored 23 points, while Blackwell scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
San Francisco drops to 7-7 in conference play and remains in fifth place behind Loyola Marymount. The Dons remain a game ahead of Portland. USF hosts Gonzaga on Saturday before wrapping up regular season play hosting Saint Mary's.
BYU got a key win Thursday evening as they remain a half game up on the surging Loyola Marymount Lions. LMU went into Moraga on Wednesday and stunned Saint Mary's to improve to 10-4 in conference. BYU travels to Santa Clara on Saturday before their monster showdown at Gonzaga on Thursday. That game could hand Saint Mary's the WCC regular season conference title, or it could set up a potential split champion.
The University of San Francisco Dons begin their final three-game homestand of the 2011-2012 season Thursday evening at 7:00pm PT as they host BYU in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. The Dons enter the final three games of the season sitting two games back of Loyola Marymount for fourth place in the WCC. Fourth place is significant because third and fourth place get an extra bye week.
The Dons face a daunting task if they want to climb into fourth place. They host BYU on Thursday and then follow that with home contests against Gonzaga this Saturday and Saint Mary's next Saturday. USF will have a tall order in front of them as they will be sizable underdogs in all three contests. They likely will not grab the fourth seed, but a win or two over the next week and a half would provide a lot of confidence for the Dons as they head into the WCC tournament.
This is the two teams' second matchup of conference play, with BYU dominating USF 81-56 in the first game back in early January. Michael Williams was the only Don to score in double digits with only ten points. Meanwhile, BYU got double digit contributions from four different players and dominated inside with a 37-27 rebound advantage and 5-0 block advantage.
The University of San Francisco Dons claimed their second straight victory and fifth in six games as they went on the road to defeat the San Diego Toreros 81-70 Saturday evening at Jenny Craig Pavilion. USF improved to 7-6 in conference play with the victory and climbed to two games back of fourth place Loyola Marymount, who lost 78-59 at Gonzaga. San Diego dropped to 5-8 in conference and two games back of San Francisco.
Perris Blackwell led the way for the Dons as he led the team with 18 points and 11 rebounds, netting his second double-double of the season. Angelo Caloiaro added 16 points and Michael Williams and Cole Dickerson each scored 15 points. The Dons shot 51.9% from the field and more importantly, hit 16 of 17 free throws in the victory.
San Francisco enter the final stretch of their WCC schedule with a fairly brutal schedule. Although USF will host these final three games of the season, they will face BYU, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's before moving into conference tournament play.
The San Francisco Dons bounced back from first half struggles to send the Santa Clara Broncos to their eleventh straight WCC loss. The Dons 85-69 victory improved them to 6-6 in conference play and 16-10 overall, while Santa Clara dropped to 0-11 in conference play and 8-16 overall. Santa Clara looked like they might get off the schneid as they took a six point lead into halftime. Santa Clara climbed up by eleven midway through the second half, but USF caught fire with a 17-0 run to take the lead.
USF was led by a balanced team effort as four scorers reached double digits. Cody Doolin led the way with 20 points and dished out seven assists. Angelo Caloiaro scored 18 points while grabbing 13 rebounds, 4 steals and dishing out 3 assists of his own. The Dons shot 53.4% from the field, but the big difference for them was that they only committed seven turnovers. When they have struggled it has often been because of turnover issues, which they avoided Thursday evening.
Santa Clara's struggles continue as they remain winless in conference play. One positive to come out of the game was another 20 points from freshman Denzel Johnson. Since sitting Kevin Foster for his rules violation, Santa Clara has seen their freshman guard score at least 18 points in four of five games. They have not gotten enough additional help to win games, but they do at least have something to build on.
USF will travel down to San Diego on Saturday looking to get back over .500 in conference play, but more importantly, looking to move to two games ahead of the Toreros for fifth place in conference play. Santa Clara travels to Saint Mary's continuing their quest for that elusive first conference win.
The San Francisco Dons welcome the Santa Clara Broncos to War Memorial Gym 8:00pm Thursday evening in the return match of their Bay Area rivalry. The Dons won the first contest 90-77 thanks to double digit points from four of their five starters. Leading scorer Angelo Caloiaro led the way with 20 points, five assists and three rebounds in the victory. This rematch will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Although Santa Clara lost the first contest, the game marked the beginning of freshman Denzel Johnson's emergence as a scoring force. In their second game without leading scorer Kevin Foster, the Broncos found a new spark plug in the freshman guard. Johnson scored 26 points in his most extensive playing time up to that point. He has since followed that up with two double digit scoring efforts in the last three games.
The Dons will look to leading scorer Angelo Caloiaro to lead them past their regional rival. Caloiaro ranks No. 21 on USF's all-time scoring list and is 21 points back of Joel De Bortoli for No. 20. Junior Michael Williams has climbed to No. 39 on the all-time scoring list and is 16 points back of K.C. Jones.
The San Francisco Dons suffered a brutal loss Saturday evening as they blew a 19-point lead en route to a 90-88 loss to the Loyola Marymount Lions. The Dons held a 41-22 lead late in the first half and a 16-point lead with 6:35 to go but LMU closed on a 25-10 run to stun USF. The Dons had several opportunities in the final 29 seconds but misses and turnovers cost them their chance at a huge win.
USF entered the contest two games back of LMU for fourth place in the WCC. The third and fourth place team get an extra bye, which can prove key in a conference team tournament already featuring run with the likes of Saint Mary's and Gonzaga. The Dons now drop three games back of the Lions and BYU.
Heading into the season it was a tough top three with BYU expected to run roughshod over much of the league. However, LMU sprung a key road upset in Provo and now are tied with BYU for third place having split the season series. The Lions still have to travel to Gonzaga and Saint Mary's, so every win is huge heading into that tough back-to-back road series.
USF heads home to host Santa Clara next Thursday, followed by a trip to San Diego next weekend. LMU travels to Portland on Thursday, followed by a trip to Gonzaga next weekend.
The fifth place San Francisco Dons travel down to Southern California on Saturday to face the fourth place Loyola Marymount Lions in a significant matchup heading into the home stretch of the 2011-12 conference season. The top four teams in the WCC receive at least one bye. LMU currently holds a two-game lead on the Dons for that fourth place position.
The Dons dropped a 77-76 overtime thriller to the Lions on New Years Eve. Angelo Caloiaro and Michael Williams combined for 43 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as the Dons had to overcome a 20 point deficit just to force overtime. However, Anthony Ireland scored on a layup with 1.6 seconds to secure the victory.
Both USF and LMU are playing solid basketball right now and look to continue making noise. The Dons have won five of their last six. They face a brutal final stretch of the season hosting BYU, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's in succession to close out the regular season. The upside is they get them all at home. LMU scored a huge road win over BYU two weeks ago, which has them tied with the Cougars for third place in a bit of a surprise. Both USF and LMU desperately need this win to boost their postseason chances in what will be a tough WCC tournament.
The San Francisco Dons hosted the San Diego Toreros on Saturday night, looking to even up their record in the West Coast Conference. They ended up achieving their goal with an 84-70 win to improve to 5-5 in the WCC with an overall record of 15-9. The Toreros fall to 8-13 overall and a 3-6 WCC record.
San Francisco trailed 40-36 at halftime, but put up a big 48 points after the break while limiting the damage from San Diego when on defense. Dons forward Perris Blackwell led all scorers with 26 points, also recording eight rebounds and two assists. Michael Williams also contributing 20 points to the winning effort.
On the Toreros side, Ken Rancifer led San Diego scorers with 17 points. Johnny Dee was the only other San Diego player to put up double digits, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists.
The Dons will play their next game on Saturday, Feb. 4 as they visit the Loyola Marymount Lions.
The San Francisco Dons welcome the San Diego Toreros to War Memorial Gym on Saturday evening with the Dons looking to even their conference record at 5-5. USF stumbled out of the gates with four straight losses to open WCC play, but they have since won four of five to close the gap with 5-3 Loyola Marymount. San Diego sits a half game back of USF in what has become a tight race for the fourth seed.
Dons senior forward Angelo Caloiaro looks to continue his climb up the USF all-time scoring list. Coming off a 20-point performance against Santa Clara, the Dons leading scorer in 2011-12 is four points back of Joe Ellis for No. 22 in school history. Caloiaro has scored 1,116 points. USF's all-time leading scorer is Bill Cartwright who scored 2,116 points during his four-year career.
San Diego has won three of their last four contests with road wins over Santa Clara and Portland. Freshman guard Johnny Dee leads the Toreros in scoring with 14.6 points per game. shooting 43.2% from 3-point range. Freshman guard Christopher Anderson adds 8.2 points with 4.5 assists, while sophomore forward Dennis Kramer contributes 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Saturday's game tips off at 7:00pm PT and the game will be broadcast on TV by CSN California and on radio by 95.7 The GAME.
The San Francisco Dons and Santa Clara Broncos squared off in Santa Clara Thursday evening continuing a historic regional rivalry. The Dons won with relative ease 90-77 using a total team effort to overcome a big game from Broncos freshman guard Denzel Johnson. USF improved to 14-9 overall and 4-5 in conference. Santa Clara's nightmare conference season continued as they fell to 8-12 overall and 0-7 in conference.
The Dons got double-digit contributions from four different players, with Angelo Caloiaro leading the way with 20 points. Perris Blackwell (19), Rashad Green (18) and Cody Doolin (14) all contributed double digits as well. Green added nine rebounds and Caloiaro dished out a team-high five assists. The Dons won their second straight and fourth in five games to climb to a game and a half back of Loyola Marymount for fourth place in the WCC.
The Broncos struggled again without suspended star Kevin Foster. Freshman Denzel Johnson came out of nowhere to lead the team with 26 points. The production surpassed his previous high of six points in the season-opener against California-Merced. Johnson played 34 minutes, which almost doubled his previous career-high of 19 minutes against UC-Santa Barbara. While Santa Clara tries to figure out what to do with Kevin Foster, Johnson could be providing a glimpse into a promising future.
The Dons host San Diego on Saturday then get a week off before heading to Southern California for a return game against Loyola Marymount. The Broncos travel to Pepperdine on Saturday in search of their elusive first conference victory and hoping to snap a seven-game losing streak.
The San Francisco Dons travel to the South Bay to face the Santa Clara Broncos in a key WCC matchup for both teams. It has been a slightly disappointing start to WCC play for USF as they sit at 3-5 and in fifth place. Road losses to Gonzaga, BYU and Saint Mary's were all expected, but conference season-opening losses to Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount (with LMU coming at home) have left the Dons scrambling to get back into the conference race. They sit 2.5 games back of LMU for fourth place.
If the USF conference schedule has been a disappointment, Santa Clara's conference play has been a disaster. The Broncos are 0-6 in conference place and suspended leading scorer Kevin Foster due to an unknown rules violation last weekend. Foster is being withheld from competition pending the outcome of the Santa Clara student judicial process. The team was struggling with Foster playing, so losing him could be a tough blow.
The Dons are led by Angelo Caloiaro who leads the team with 14.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Cody Doolin leads the team with 3.1 assists per game while four separate players average at least one steal per game. The Broncos will send out Evan Roquemore as their leading scorer with 14.2 points per game and 5.2 assists per game. Niyi Harrison and Yannick Atanga lead the team inside with a combined twelve rebounds per game.
The San Francisco Dons visited the Portland Pilots on Saturday afternoon in WCC play. Both teams held a losing record in conference play going into the game, but the Dons were able to overcome trailing early and hang on in the final seconds for a 72-71 win.
The Dons trailed 39-32 after the first half, but scored 40 points after halftime to battle back and claim the lead.
USF held a 72-69 lead in the final seconds. The Pilots were able to get possession of the ball and Nemanja Petrovic attempted a three-pointer with just one second left on the clock. The attempt missed and Tenner Riley managed the offensive rebound and layup, but the end result was a one-point victory for the Dons.
San Francisco guard Cody Doolin led all scorers with 15 points, also picking up four rebounds and three assists.
The Dons will play their next game on Thursday, January 26, as they will visit the Santa Clara Broncos.
The Gaels look to protect their No. 23 ranking, while USF goes for a sweep.
The San Francisco Dons came up short in their upset bid in Spokane as they lost 74-63 to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Dons were even with Gonzaga with 2:47 to go, but a 10-1 run gave the Bulldogs a lead they would build on and never surrender. The loss drops USF to 2-5 in conference play and 12-9 overall. Gonzaga improves to 5-1 in WCC play and 15-3 overall. The Bulldogs remain a game and a half back of Saint Mary's for first place.
USF was led by Angelo Caloiaro who scored a team high 14 points while hauling in nine rebounds. Unfortunately for the Dons, Caloiaro was the only one to score in double digits. The lack of help cost USF as they simply could not keep up with the consistent scoring from Gonzaga. The Bulldogs received double digit scoring from four players, while also holding the edge in rebounds, assists and steals.
The Dons travel to Portland on Saturday looking to improve to get their third conference win. Gonzaga hosts San Diego looking to hold serve behind Saint Mary's.
The San Francisco Dons head north to Spokane to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs looking to spring a significant road upset in WCC play. The Dons are sizable 15-point point underdogs, but do enter the game on a two-game win streak. The Dons scuffled to an 0-4 start in conference play, but bounced back with wins over Portland and Pepperdine.
The Dons have split their last four regular season contests with Gonzaga, although both wins came in San Francisco. Their last win in Spokane came in 1989 with a 67-64 victory. Since 2000, Gonzaga owns a 21-3 record against USF and has won 10 of the last 13 meetings.
The Dons will be looking for big numbers up and down their lineup. Angelo Caloiaro is leading the team with 14.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. Freshman Kevin Pangos leads the Bulldogs with 13.8 points and 3.5 assists. He is followed closely by Elias Harris who is scoring 13.4 points per game and grabbing a team-leading 7.7 rebounds per game.
Tip is at 7:00pm PT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The San Francisco Dons picked up their second straight win in West Coast Conference play on Saturday night as they hosted and defeated the Pepperdine Waves. With the win, the Dons improve to a 12-8 overall record, but are just 2-4 in WCC play. The Waves, meanwhile, drop to 7-10 overall and just 1-5 in the conference.
The Dons outpaced Pepperdine early but totally shut them down in the second half, limiting them to just 10-for-28 from the floor.
Dons guard Michael Williams had another great game, leading scorers with 17 points, including 15 points in the second half. Senior Rashad Green had 11 points and seven rebounds. A full five San Francisco players reached double-digits in scoring during the evening.
The Dons will play their next game on Thursday, January 19 when they visit the defending WCC champions the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU at 7:00 PM PT.
The University of San Francisco Dons let out two weeks' worth of frustration Thursday evening as they blew out the Portland Pilots 104-70 in front of a home crowd at War Memorial Gym. The Dons had started conference play a disappointing 0-4, but finally got their first victory in easy fashion. The Pilots were within six points with 9:30 to go, but the Dons used a 16-0 near the end of the half to put the game out of reach.
The Dons surpassed reached the century mark in conference play for the first time since January 6, 2007 when they defeated San Diego 103-100 in overtime. The Dons got 19 points from Rashad Green, 16 points from Angelo Caloiaro and Dominique O'Connor, 11 points from Cole Dickerson and 10 points from Perris Blackwell. USF had season highs in field goal percentage (.672) and three-point percentage (.722).
The Dons resume WCC play Saturday, January 14 against Pepperdine at War Memorial Gym. Tip-off against the Waves is set for at 1:30 PM in a game televised live on Comcast SportsNet California.
The University of San Francisco Dons travel to Moraga to face the Saint Mary's Gaels in a Bay Area rivalry game that will be featured on Comcast SportsNet California. The Dons are struggling early in conference play, having dropped their first two games. The Gaels have shot out to 3-0 in conference play and have a chance to climb into the Coaches Poll Top 25 with a sweep of USF, Gonzaga and Portland this week.
Saint Mary's has claimed eleven straight meetings in this series and 16 of the last 18. The most recent game saw SMC defeat USF 86-68 last February. USF last beat Saint Mary's in 2006 when they won 53-52 at home. The Dons are coming off a poor shooting night that doomed them against the BYU Cougars. Saint Mary's had to battle well into the second half to defeat San Diego on the road, but benefited from a huge night from Rob Jones, who scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.
The Dons are led by Angelo Caloiaro who averages a team leading 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. They will need strong contributions from Perris Blackwell, Rashad Green and Michael Williams if they are going to spring the upset. The Dons are 17 point underdogs in Moraga.
Saint Mary's ranks in the top-two among West Coast Conference leaders in nearly every offensive category, including scoring (76.2) field goal percentage (.472) and scoring margin (+17.6). Rob Jones leads the way for SMC and averages a double-double with 15.2 points and a team-high 10.6 rebounds. Junior guard Matthew Dellavedova adds 14.4 points and 6.6 assists per game.
The San Francisco Dons traveled to Provo on Saturday afternoon to take on the BYU Cougars in West Coast Conference play. The Dons were hoping to pick up their first conference win, but knew they would be facing a tough opponent in BYU. San Francisco ran into big trouble early on and a resurgent second half was not nearly enough to even things out. With the lopsided 81-56 loss, the Dons fall to 0-3 in WCC play, with an overall record of 10-7. BYU improves to 14-4 overall and to 3-1 in conference play.
The first half was a bit of a bloodbath as the Cougars opened up a 22-point lead in the first half. They headed into halftime with the Dons trailing 42-20. San Francisco was able to regroup in the second half, only being outscored 39-36, but the damage had already been done.
Only one member of the Dons scored double digits. Guard Michael Wiliams scored exactly 10 points while going a miserable 3-for-12 from the floor. Perris Blackwell added six points and 10 rebounds.
The Dons will play their next game on Monday, January 9, when they visit the St. Mary's Gaels.
The San Francisco Dons were hoping to pick up their first conference victory of the season on Saturday, but a flawless first half of play from the BYU Cougars has USF trailing big at halftime. After 20 minutes of play, BYU leads San Francisco by a score of 42-20.
The Dons shot 0-for-14 from behind the arc in the first half and made just eight of their 31 field goal attempts. Cole Dickerson leads the way with six points, while Cody Doolin, Rashad Green and Perris Blackwell all had four points each. USF turned the ball over six times in the half and converted on just four of their eight free throws. Needless to say, it was not a good half for the team.
BYU could do no wrong in the first half and shot an astounding 61.5% from the field. The Cougars hit seven of their 10 3-pointers, dished out 16 assists and were backed by a great home court advantage. Brock Zylstra, Brandon Davies and Matt Carlino all have nine points, while Noah Hartsock has six.
At this point, the Dons can only hope for a strong effort in the second half. The game is basically over, but a team can learn a lot about themselves in a bad loss. Let's hope they build on it.
The San Francisco Dons begin arguably the toughest stretch of their West Coast Conference schedule on Saturday as they open a two-game road trip to two of the top teams in the conference. The Dons travel to Provo, Utah to face the BYU Cougars and follow that up with a trip to Moraga, California to face the Saint Mary's Gaels. The WCC schedule features a host of tough matchups, but this pair of games is arguably the toughest.
The Dons dropped their first two conference games with a tough loss at Pepperdine and then a stunning overtime loss to Loyola Marymount on New Years Eve. They grabbed a non-conference win on Tuesday when they defeated Morgan State 87-74. The Dons 10-4 non-conference record is their best mark since going 12-1 in 1999-00.
BYU is 13-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play. BYU was blasted by Saint Mary's in their conference opener, falling 98-82 in Moraga. Since then, they have defeated San Diego and Loyola Marymount. The Cougars have four scorers averaging double digit point totals, with Noah Hartsock leading the way at 17.3 points per game. Freshman Matt Carlino is averaging 14.3, Brandon Davies is averaging 13.0 and Charles Abouo is averaging 11.6.
The Dons will need to bring strong defensive pressure against a BYU team that can score with the best of them. The Cougars also have an edge inside so USF will need to be aggressive on the board. BYU is a 15.5 point point favorite, so USF will have to play some near-perfect basketball to spring a sizable road upset.
The game tips at 3:00pm PT and will air on 95.7 The Game.
The San Francisco Dons and Loyola Marymount Lions met in San Francisco on New Year's Eve for WCC conference play. The Dons struggled valiantly to send the game to overtime, but the Lions managed to come away with the 77-76 OT win to improve to 8-6 overall and win in their first WCC matchup.
Michael Williams of the Dons sunk a three-pointer with just 0:12 remaining in regulation to knot the score at 70-70 and force an overtime. Angelo Caloiaro made a layup with 0:36 left in the first overtime to take a 76-75 lead, but Anthony Ireland made a jumper with 0:25 remaining to put the Lions back on top. After a turnover by Caloiaro, the Lions were able to hold on for the win.
Caloairo led all scorers with 26 points, also picking up six rebounds and two steals.
The Dons are now 0-2 in WCC play. They will play their next game on Saturday, January 7 as they travel to Utah to take on the Brigham Young Cougars.
The San Francisco Dons entered the 2011-12 WCC portion of their schedule with high hopes for competing with Gonzaga, BYU and Santa Clara this season. Those hopes ran into a mild speed bump as the Dons were handled with relative ease by the Pepperdine Waves in Malibu Thursday evening, losing 71-59. The Dons dropped to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The Dons fell behind 7-0 early in the first half but managed to even things up after the under-eight timeout. However, the Waves went on a 13-4 run to close out the half with a 39-30 lead. The Dons were held to a season-low 61 points as they shot only 37.7% from the field and a meager 16.7% from three-point territory. Angelo Caloiaro led the team with 14 points and Perris Blackwell added 11 points.
Pepperdine dominated on the glass with a 41-29 edge and shot 59.3% in the first half to take their 39-30 lead. Corbin Moore scored a game-high 19 points with 12 rebounds to lead Pepperdine. Taylor Darby added 14 points, while Caleb Willis and Jordan Baker added 10 apiece.
The Dons head home to face Loyola Marymount in their conference home opener on Saturday, December 31. The game will be broadcast live by 95.7 The Game.
The San Francisco Dons open up their 2011-12 WCC season with a road game against the Pepperdine Waves, with tip off set for 7:00pm PT. The Dons enter conference play with a 9-4 record following a loss to Holy Cross on December 22. The 9-4 mark is USF's best record since they started 12-1 in 1999-00.
The Dons are led by senior forward Angelo Caloiaro who leads the team in scoring (13.7) and rebounds (6.8). Caloiaro enters conference play ranked No. 33 on the USF career scoring list with 965 points (9.0 ppg). Next up is former Dons star guard, USF head coach and 1977 AP National Coach of the Year Bob Gaillard (1959-62) at No. 32 with 976. Caloiaro gets help inside from Rashad Green and Perris Blackwell, who each average 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Waves enter West Coast Conference play with a winning record (6-5) for the first time since 2004-05 and have won three of their last five contests. Pepperdine dropped a 67-56 decision to Washington State at the Cougar Hardwood Classic in Seattle (12/22/11) in its final non-conference tune-up. Senior forward Taylor Darby leads Pepperdine on offense averaging 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds, while senior center Corbin Moore adds 10.5 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds. Longtime assistant coach Marty Wilson is in his first season as head coach at his alma mater after serving under mentor Tom Asbury as associate head coach for the last three years. Pepperdine posted a 12-21 record in 2010-11 and went 5-9 during WCC play.
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