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Toreros host Pacific on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 12, 2018

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GAME #27: The San Diego Toreros (16-10, 7-7 WCC), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday to play host to the Pacific Tigers (13-14, 8-6 WCC). Game time is 7:00 p.m. and it is Fire Fighter Appreciation Night.

SERIES RECORD: This is 20th meeting between USD and Pacific with the Tigers owning a 12-7 advantage... The Tigers have won three straight in the series including earlier this season in Stockton by the score of 74-70 (Jan. 11)... Isaiah Pineiro (23 points) and Tyler Williams (20 points) paced the Toreros but USD couldn't overcome Pacific's hot shotting at the free throw line (33-of-35)... USD went to the line just 15 times, making 11... The Tigers swept both games last season (61-58 at Pacific, 2-9-17; 56-53 at San Diego, 1-5-17).

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 home game with Gonzaga are now also on sale.

RADIO/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 ESPN 1700 AM. The game will be streamed and available everywhere on TheW.tv.

WCC STANDINGS (as of Feb. 12): Saint Mary's College (13-1 WCC, 24-3), Gonzaga (13-1, 23-4), BYU (9-5, 20-7), Pacific (8-6, 13-14), San Diego (7-7, 16-10), San Francisco (6-8, 14-13), Santa Clara (6-8, 9-17), Portland (4-10, 10-17), LMU (3-11, 8-17), Pepperdine (1-13, 4-22).

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 Pacific game with a 16-10 record, and the 16 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.

A LOOK AHEAD: USD returns to the Jenny Craig Pavilion for a Saturday afternoon game against the BYU Cougars (Feb. 17, 1:00 p.m., BYUtv).

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 (.285), #23 in scoring defense (65.0) and #25 in FG% defense (.405)... USD has also protected the rim and is tied for first in the WCC for blocked shots per game (4.1).

* Junior guard Olin Carter now has 977 career points (86 games/83 starts; 11.4 ppg career average)... He needs just 23 more points to become the program's 25th player to join the 1,000 point club... His 200 career made threes ranks 3rd all-time and his 573 three-point attempts ranks second... Johnny Dee owns both career marks (333-831).

* Among WCC players, Isaiah Wright is #3 in assists (5.4), #3 in steals (1.4), #8 in scoring (14.2) and #15 in rebounding (5.4); Isaiah Pineiro is #6 in scoring (15.8), tie-#10 in rebounding (6.0), #12 in blocked shots (0.8) and FT% (.788), and #13 in FG% (.488); Olin Carter III is #3 in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and #21 in scoring (11.5); Tyler Williams is #2 in FT% (.875), Yauhen Massalski is #4 in blocked shots per game (1.2) and Juwan Gray is #10 in blocked shots per game (0.9).

* USD is now 9-4 at home and has won 5-of-7... The Toreros are averaging 70.3 ppg while limiting its opponents to 61.5 ppg (+8.8 scoring margin)... Three Toreros average in double-digits at the JCP - Isaiah Pineiro (16.0), Isaiah Wright (12.1), and Olin Carter (11.2)... USD has made 108 three-pointers (8.3 per game) at home while limiting opponents to just 60 (4.6 per game).

* Behind 32 points from guard KJ Feagin, SCU rallied for a 70-64 home win over USD (Feb. 10)... Cameron Neubauer scored a season-high 18 points with 16 coming in the first half as USD jumped out to a 36-27 lead at the break... Isaiah Wright chipped in 16 points followed by Isaiah Pineiro (12).

* Last Thursday (Feb. 8) USD overcame a 10 point second half deficit with nine minutes to go to escape with a 68-66 road win at Pepperdine... Jose Martinez scored a career-high 16 points (5-8 threes) and Olin Carter III connected on two big threes down the stretch.. Isaiah Wright chipped in 10 points, 7 assists and 2 big steals late... USD tied a Torero single game record with 15 made threes.

SCOUTING THE PACIFIC TIGERS: Pacific (13-14, 8-6 WCC) comes to town in 4th place in the WCC standings, one game ahead of the Toreros... The Tigers have won three of four and this past week split their home games to Gonzaga (71-61 loss, Feb. 8) and Portland (60-58 win, Feb. 10)... Against Gonzaga the Tigers were paced by Roberto Gallinat (15 points) while Miles Reynolds poured in 25 points in the two-point win over Portland... For the season Pacific is being paced by Reynolds (14.9 ppg), Gallinat (12.7 ppg) and Jahlil Tripp (11.6 ppg)... In their 74-70 win over San Diego earlier this season, Reynolds led four Tigers in double-digit scoring with 17 points... Head Coach Damon Stoudamire is in his second season.

The Last Meeting
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January 11, 2018
Stockton, Calif.
Toreros fall 74-70 at Pacific
The Toreros dropped a 74-70 decision at the University of the Pacific Thursday evening at the Alex G. Spanos Center before 1,369 fans. Despite 23 points from Isaiah Pineiro, the Toreros couldn’t overcome Pacific’s free throw shooting as they made 33-of-35 (94.3%)


 

 

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