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Feb. 23, 2018

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The Last Meeting
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December 28, 2017
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Toreros deal USF 73-63 loss to improve to 10-3 overall
The USD Toreros earned a solid 73-63 victory over the USF Dons to open up WCC play on a positive note. Junior forward Isaiah Pineiro scored a season-high 23 points to go with 8 rebounds and junior guard Isaiah Wright added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

GAME #30: The San Diego Toreros (17-12, 8-9 WCC), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, close out their regular-season schedule on Saturday at the University of San Francisco (17-13, 9-8 WCC) with a 7:00 p.m. game at War Memorial at The Sobrato Center. A Torero win would ensure a first round bye at next week's WCC Championship.

SERIES RECORD: This is the 82nd meeting between USD and USF with the Dons owning a 44-37 advantage... The Toreros snapped a 4-game USF winning streak back on December 28th with a 73-63 victory to open up WCC play at the JCP (Isaiah Pineiro, 23 points)...Last season in the WCC opener for both teams, the host USF Dons held on for an 80-74 win on Dec. 29th, 2016... USF then handed the Toreros a 60-43 loss at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on January 21, 2017.

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 Saturday will air on ESPN 1700 AM, and will stream live everywhere on TheW.tv. (Pat Olson and Jim Brovelli).

WCC STANDINGS (as of Feb. 23): Gonzaga (16-1 WCC, 26-4), Saint Mary's College (15-2, 26-4), BYU (11-6, 22-8), San Francisco (9-8, 17-13), Pacific (9-8, 14-16), San Diego (8-9, 17-12), Santa Clara (8-9, 11-18), Portland (4-13, 10-20), LMU (4-13, 9-19), Pepperdine (1-16, 4-25).

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 USF game with an 17-12 record, and the 17 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.

TOREROS LOSE CLOSE BATTLE TO NO. 6 GONZAGA : For the second time this season the USD Toreros battled nationally ranked Gonzaga to the end in coming away with tough losses... Olin Carter III scored a game-high 21 points and Isaiah Pineiro and Isaiah Wright each chipped in 14 points... The Toreros held a 37-34 halftime lead and early in the second half led 44-36... Carter connected on three-pointers twice in the final 30 seconds to pull USD to within three points... Gonzaga was paced by Killian Tillie (17 points) and Rui Hachimura (16 points, 8 rebounds).

TORERO TIDBITS:
* The Toreros continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country In 3-point FG% defense (.293), FG% defense (.405) and in scoring defense (65.4)... USD has also protected the rim and is second in the WCC for blocked shots per game (4.0).

* With 13 points against BYU, junior guard Olin Carter III became just the 25th USD men's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points... He now has totaled 1,027 points (89 games/86 starts; 11.5 ppg career average)... His 209 career made threes ranks 3rd all-time and his 596 three-point attempts ranks second... Johnny Dee owns both Torero career marks (333-831).

* Among WCC players, Isaiah Wright is #3 in assists (5.4), #3 in steals (1.3), #9 in scoring (13.8) and #16 in rebounding (5.2); Isaiah Pineiro is #6 in scoring (15.4), #11 in rebounding (6.1), #13 in FG% (.484) and #14 in FT% (.783); Olin Carter III is #2 in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and #19 in scoring (12.1); Yauhen Massalski is #4 in blocked shots per game (1.2) and Juwan Gray is #11 in blocked shots per game (0.8). ,p> * The Toreros are 7-6 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), LMU (89-82) and Pepperdine (68-66)... USD is paced by Isaiah Wright (16.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.2 assists, 1.3 steals), Isaiah Pineiro (15.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and Olin Carter III (11.9 ppg)... USD limits opponents to 40.8 FG% and 26.6% from 3-point land (55-207)... The Toreros have made 115 three-pointers on the road (37.8%).

* The Toreros earned a solid 75-62 home win over BYU (Feb. 17)... Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Isaiah Pineiro scored a game-high 20 points... He was followed by Cameron Neubauer (14), Olin Carter III (13) and Isaiah Wright (11)... USD held BYU to 3-of-22 shooting beyond the arc.

SCOUTING THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS: The Dons (17-13, 9-8 WCC) have won three straight and five of six down the stretch... The lone loss is a 75-73 overtime loss at BYU during this stretch... On Thursday they earned an 84-74 road win at Pacific... Guard Frankie Ferrari scored 15 points and dished out 13 assists to lead five players in double-digit scoring... USF made 13 three-pointers against the Tigers... For the season USF is paced by Souley Boum (11.8 ppg), Frankie Ferrari (11.0 ppg), Jordan Ratinho (10.5 ppg) and Chase Foster (10.4 ppg)... USF averages 69.1 ppg and 34.9 rpg while surrendering 67.9 ppg and 34.1 rpg... Head Coach Kyle Smith is in his second season at the helm of the Dons program (37-26).

 

 

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