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The Last Meeting
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February 23, 2017
San Diego, Calif.
Toreros fall to top-ranked Bulldogs
The USD Toreros hosted the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs tonight before a sold-out crowd at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The visiting Zags dominated at both ends of the floor in earning a 96-38 victory.

GAME #23: The San Diego Toreros (15-7, 6-4 WCC), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, head to the Pacific Northwest this week for a Thursday night showdown against the No. 14/12 Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-4, 9-1). Game time at the McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000 capacity) in Spokane, Washington is 6:00 pm.

SERIES RECORD: This is the 92nd meeting between USD and Gonzaga with the Bulldogs owning a commanding 69-22 series advantage... The Zags have won six straight in the series... In their last meeting (2-23-17), GU came to the JCP with a No. 1 national ranking and dealt USD a 96-38 loss (Olin Carter, 15 points)... In the first meeting (1-26-17) the No. 3 ranked Bulldogs earned a 79-43 victory... USD's last win over GU came on Feb. 23, 2014 (69-66)... USD's last win in Spokane was in the 2000 campaign (82-70).

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 Single game tickets for the Feb. 22 home game with Gonzaga are now also on sale.

RADIO/TV/STREAM: All USD games are 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 air on The Mighty 1090AM. The game will be televised by KHQ/ROOT NW (Greg Heister, play-by-play; Richard Fox & Dan Dickau, color analysts) and also air on NBCS CA, SPEC SN and

WCC STANDINGS (as of Jan. 29): Saint Mary's College (10-0 WCC, 21-2), Gonzaga (9-1, 19-4), BYU (7-3, 18-5), San Diego (6-4, 15-7), Pacific (5-5, 10-13), Santa Clara (5-5, 8-14), San Francisco (4-6, 12-11), Portland (2-8, 8-15), LMU (1-9, 6-15), Pepperdine (1-9, 4-18).

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 Gonzaga game with a 15-7 record, and the 15 wins is a new personal best for Smith. 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.

PINEIRO EARNS WCC PLAYER OF WEEK HONOR: Junior Isaiah Pineiro led the Toreros to two straight wins by averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in victories over Santa Clara (66-58) and LMU (89-82)... He totaled new season-highs in points (29) and assists (9) against LMU... He converted 14-of-18 shots (.778) over the two games.

A LOOK AHEAD: USD returns to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, to face the No. 13/14 Saint Mary's Gaels in a 6:00 p.m. contest (Spectrum SportsNet telecast).

* The Toreros continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country as they rank #1 in 3-point FG% defense (.275), #15 in FG% defense (.393) and #21 in scoring defense (63.7)... USD has also protected the rim and is first in the WCC for blocked shots per game (4.3).

* 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 (5.5), #4 in steals (1.4), #7 in scoring (14.6) and #15 in rebounding (5.3); Isaiah Pineiro is #6 in scoring (15.9), #10 in blocked shots (0.9) and rebounding (6.0), #11 in FG% (.505) and #12 in FT% (.800); Olin Carter III is #4 in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and #20 in scoring (11.8); Tyler Williams is #2 in FT% (.889), Yauhen Massalski is #4 in blocked shots per game (1.3) and Juwan Gray is #8 in blocked shots per game (1.0).

* The Toreros are 6-4 away from the JCP with wins coming against SJSU (81-64), Grand Canyon (72-62), New Mexico State (65-60), Colorado (69-59), Portland (81-74, ot) and LMU (89-82)... In away games USD is paced by Isaiah Wright (17.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals), Isaiah Pineiro (16.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Olin Carter III (11.9 ppg)... USD limits opponents to 39.9 FG% and 25.6% from 3-point land (43-168).

* Behind 29 points and 9 assists from Isaiah Pineiro the Toreros earned an 89-82 road win at LMU (Jan. 27)... Four other Toreros reached double-digit scoring led by Isaiah Wright (15) and Tyler Williams (11).

* The Toreros snapped a 2-game WCC skid with a 66-58 home win over Santa Clara (Jan. 25)... Isaiah Wright (21 points) and Juwan Gray (14 points) paced the Toreros... USD's defense played a key role in limiting Bronco guard KJ Feagin (17.8 ppg) to nine points in 36 minutes.

SCOUTING THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS: The Bulldogs (9-1 WCC, 19-4) are ranked No. 14 in this week's AP top-25 and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll... They are riding a 3-game win streak and this past week earned wins at Portland (95-79) and at home on Saturday against USF (82-73)... Gonzaga's balanced offensive attack includes six players that average double-digit scoring: Jonathan Williams (13.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Josh Perkins (13.2), Killian Tillie (12.7), Zach Norvell Jr. (12.0), Rui Hachimura (11.2) and Silas Melson (10.5)... The Zags 88.2 points per game (#1 WCC, #3 NCAA) and limit opponents to just 69.7 (+18.5 scoring margin, #5 NCAA)... Head Coach Mark Few is in his 19th year (522-117) and has directed the Zags to the NCAA Tourney each year including last season's national runner-up finish.



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