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Toreros host Santa Clara on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 23, 2018

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The Last Meeting
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February 18, 2017
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Toreros earn 60-58 double overtime win at Santa Clara
Sophomore guard Tyler Williams connected on a 17-foot jumper from the right elbow to give USD a double-overtime 60-58 win over the Santa Clara Broncos. The win snapped a 5-game skid and also avenged USD's home loss to the Broncos by two points at the JCP.

GAME #21: The San Diego Toreros (13-7, 4-4 WCC), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion this Thursday, January 25th, to host the Santa Clara Broncos (7-13, 4-4). Tip-off is slated for 7:05 pm.

COACHES vs. CANCER: January 22-28 is Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Week... USD coaches will wear tennis shoes with suits in both games this week to help bring awareness about the fight against cancer, and to help promote the American Cancer Society as a source of inspiration and hope for those facing cancer.

SERIES RECORD: This is the 83rd meeting between the USD Toreros and Santa Clara Broncos with SCU owning a 46-36 advantage... In the most recent meeting between these two teams the Toreros came away with an 60-58 double overtime win at Santa Clara on February 18, 2017... Tyler Williams (7 points) connected on a 17-footer for the game winner and Cameron Neubauer totaled 24 points & 10 rebounds... The Broncos edged USD in the first meeting last season, 59-57 on Jan. 12th at the JCP... Senior Brett Bailey paced USD with 15 points & 9 rebounds.

TICKETS: USD single game, 3-game mini-packs, group tickets and season tickets for games at the Jenny Craig Pavilion are available by contacting the USD Athletics ticket office (619-260-7550) or by visiting www.usdtoreros.com. Single game tickets for the Feb. 22 game with Gonzaga are now also on sale.

RADIO/TV/STREAM: All USD home and away games will be broadcast on either The Mighty 1090AM or ESPN 1700AM with Jack Cronin (4th season) bringing you all the action; his pre-game show airs 15 minutes prior to tip-off. Cronin's call on Thursday will be broadcast on ESPN 1700AM. The game will be produced by STADIUM and be streamed on TheW.tv (Ari Wolfe, play-by-play; Richie Schueler, analyst).

WCC STANDINGS (as of Jan. 22): Saint Mary's College (8-0 WCC, 19-2), Gonzaga (7-1, 17-4), BYU (6-2, 17-4), Pacific (5-3, 10-11), San Diego (4-4, 13-7), Santa Clara (4-4, 7-13), San Francisco (3-5, 11-10), Portland (2-6, 8-13), LMU (1-7, 6-13), Pepperdine (0-8, 3-17).

WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Toreros were picked to place sixth in the 2017-18 Preseason WCC Coaches Poll. Saint Mary's is first with 81 points (9 first place votes). Rounding out the top-5 is Gonzaga (73 points, 1), BYU (62), USF (59) and Santa Clara (44). Following San Diego (37) is Pepperdine (30), Pacific (24), Portland (21) and LMU(19).

COACH SMITH (3RD YEAR): Coach Lamont Smith (San Diego, 1998) is in his third year at the helm of the Torero basketball program. This year's team was the first Torero team to reach eight wins in its first 10 contests, and had extended their best start to 12 wins in the first 15 games (since USD joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80). The Toreros enter the Sant Clara game with a 13-7 record. Prior to USD, Smith was at New Mexico where he was the Associate Head Coach. Prior to UNM he spent time at Washington, Arizona State, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's and Saint Louis. Smith was a member of the USD men's basketball team from 1994-99. He started all 27 games his senior year in 1998-99 for the 18-9 Toreros. He was named the Toreros' Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and served as the team captain from 1997-99. Smith earned a BA degree in Communications in 1998. Lamont and his wife Kimberly have two daughters -- Payton and Olivia.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros close out the month of January with a road contest at Loyola Marymount on Saturday, January 27th. The 1:00 p.m. contest at Gersten Pavilion is the WCC Game of the Week (Spectrum SportsNet with Barry Tompkins & Brad Holland).

TORERO TIDBITS:
* The Toreros continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country as they rank #2 in 3-point FG% defense (.269), #14 in FG% defense (.390) and #23 in scoring defense (64.0)... USD has also protected the rim and is tied for second in the WCC for blocked shots per game (4.2).

* Junior guard Isaiah Wright is featured on the CollegeInsider.com website this week in Angela Lento's "Off the Bounce" video feature. USD, which was ranked as high as No. 19 this season, does not appear in this week's CollegeInsider Top-25 poll this week.

* The Toreros make their annual trek to Poway this evening for a clinic with the PYBL Challenged Division... This marks the third straight year for Coach Smith to bring his team. The PYBL Challenged Division, which is open to all players with intellectual disabilities, has more than 100 participants.

* Juniors Isaiah Wright (Boise, Idaho) and Isaiah Pineiro (Auburn, Calif.) were recently honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions as Amateur Stars of the Month for December after leading USD to a 6-2 mark and impressive road wins over New Mexico State and Colorado and two WCC victories.

* Among WCC players, Isaiah Wright is #2 in assists (5.8), #3 in steals (1.5), #8 in scoring (14.3) and #16 in rebounding (5.3); Isaiah Pineiro is in #6 in scoring (15.5), #9 in blocked shots (0.9) and #11 in rebounding (6.0); Olin Carter III is #3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.6) and #19 in scoring (12.0); Tyler Williams is #2 in FT% (.897) and Yauhen Massalski is #4 in blocked shots per game (1.3).

* USD is now 8-3 at home this season... The Toreros are averaging 71.5 ppg while limiting its opponents to 61.5 ppg (+10.0 scoring margin)... Three Toreros average in double-digits at the JCP - Isaiah Pineiro (15.7), Olin Carter (11.8) and Isaiah Wright (11.5)... USD has made 95 three-pointers at home while limiting opponents to just 51 (4.6 per game).

SCOUTING THE SCU BRONCOS: The SCU Broncos (7-13, 4-4 WCC) come to town tied with the Toreros in the WCC standings... They are coming off a 75-60 home loss to Gonzaga (Jan. 20)... Guard KJ Feagin scored a game-high 21 points... This past Thursday they earned a 65-62 road win at USF (Jan. 18) ... Feagin scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting... The Broncos held a 27-19 halftime cushion... Feagin leads four Broncos in double-digit scoring at 17.8 ppg (#3 WCC)... He is followed by senior guard Henry Caruso (12.1), freshman forward Josip Vrankic (11.4) and junior Matt Hauser (10.3)... The Broncos average 67.9 ppg and 28.6 rpg while giving up 73.2 ppg and 34.3 rpg on average to opponents... Head Coach Herb Sendek is in his second season with the Broncos (24-29).

 

 

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