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Toreros host Hartford on Monday at 7pm in 1st round CIT
March 11, 2018

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GAME #32: The San Diego Toreros (18-13), under the direction of acting head coach Sam Scholl, will take on the University of Hartford Hawks (19-13) in the first round of the 2018 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Monday, March 12th. Game time at the Jenny Craig Pavilion is slated for 7:05 p.m. (PST). The game is billed as the Riley Wallace Classic and a team trophy will be presented to the winning team, along with a trophy for the Most Valuable Player.

SERIES RECORD: This is the first meeting between USD and Hartford.

RADIO/TV: 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 Monday will air on the Mighty 1090. The game will also be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network (Jon Schaeffer, play-by-play; Kyle Macy, color analyst).

WCC RECORDS (as of Mar. 11): Gonzaga (30-4, 17-1 WCC), Saint Mary's (28-5,16-2), BYU (24-10, 11-7), San Francisco (18-15, 9-9), Pacific (14-18, 9-9), San Diego (18-13, 9-9), Santa Clara (11-20 , 8-10), LMU (11-20, 5-13), Portland (10-22, 4-14), Pepperdine (6-26, 2-16).

ACTING HEAD COACH SAM SCHOLL: USD Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis named Sam Scholl acting head coach for the Torero men's basketball program on February 27th for the remainder of this season. Scholl played two seasons at USD (1998-2000) and was the Toreros' lone senior on the team's 20-9 squad from the 1999-2000 campaign. USD would post a 38-18 two-year record during Scholl's playing career. Scholl would go on to spend seven seasons on the USD coaching staff under former head coach Brad Holland, including helping the 2002-03 team win the 2003 WCC Basketball Championship and reach the 2003 NCAA Division I Tournament for the third time in program history. For eight seasons Scholl was on the Santa Clara University staff, and in September of 2013 was promoted to Associate Coach under head coach Kerry Keating. At SCU Scholl helped the Broncos to 26 wins in 2012-13 and 24 victories in 2010-11. The Broncos won the College Basketball Invitational post-season tournament in 2013 and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011. A native of Gig Harbor, Wash., Scholl completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at USD in 2001. Prior to arriving at USD he played two seasons at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington, and was the point guard on the 1996 2A Washington State championship team for Gig Harbor High School. Sam and his wife, Heather, have three daughters - Riley, Reese and Regan.

TORERO TRIO EARN ALL-WCC HONORS: The WCC announced the 2017-18 Men's Basketball All-Conference teams and three Toreros were recognized. Senior forward Isaiah Pineiro was named to the first team, junior guard Isaiah Wright was selected second team, and junior guard Olin Carter III was named honorable mention. At the conclusion of the regular season, Pineiro led the Toreros in scoring at 15.4 ppg game (#6 in WCC), as well as in rebounding at 6.2 rpg (#10 WCC). Wright led the team in assists at 5.3 apg (#3 WCC) and steals at 1.3 (#3 WCC), and ranked second on the team in points (13.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.0 rpg). Carter, who late in the season became just the 25th Torero to crack 1,000 career points, ranked third on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg (#17 WCC).

TORERO FALL TO BYU 85-79: The Toreros battled BYU to the end but came up short in dropping a 85-79 decision on March 3rd in the first quarterfinal game at the WCC Basketball Championships. Isaiah Pineiro (21 points, 8 rebounds) and Olin Carter III (20 points) paced the Toreros offensively. Cameron Neubauer (13 points) and Isaiah Wright (12 points) also reached double digits. USD overcame a 17-point second half deficit to tie the score at 71-all. BYU was paced by Elijah Brown (27 points).

TORERO TIDBITS:
* As of March 9, the Toreros continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the country in 3-point FG% defense (.298, #4), scoring defense (65.9, #31) and FG% defense (.412, #40)... USD has also protected the rim and is first in the WCC for blocked shots per game (4.0).

* With 13 points against BYU (Feb. 17), junior guard Olin Carter III became just the 25th USD men's basketball player to reach 1,000 career points... He now has totaled 1,063 points (91 games/88 starts; 11.7 ppg career average)... His 215 career made threes ranks 3rd all-time and his 607 three-point attempts ranks second... Johnny Dee owns both Torero career marks (333-831).

* Among WCC players, Isaiah Wright is #3 in steals (1.3), #4 in assists (5.2), #12 in scoring (13.3) and #17 in rebounding (5.0); Isaiah Pineiro is #6 in scoring (15.6), #10 in rebounding (6.2), steals (1.1) and blocks (0.8), #11 in FG% (.488) and #12 in FT% (.787); Olin Carter III is #2 in 3-pointers made per game (2.5) and #15 in scoring (12.5); Tyler Williams is #11 in 3-point % (.406); Yauhen Massalski is #5 in blocked shots per game (1.1) and Juwan Gray is #10 in blocked shots per game (0.8).

* The Toreros, 10-6 at home, are averaging 69.8 ppg while limiting its opponents to 62.8 ppg (+7.0 scoring margin)... Three Toreros average in double-digits at the JCP - Isaiah Pineiro (15.3), Olin Carter (12.2) and Isaiah Wright (11.7)... USD has made 131 three-pointers (8.2 per game) at home while limiting opponents to just 79 (4.9 per game).

SCOUTING THE HARTFORD HAWKS: Hartford (19-13), a member of the America East Conference, finished third in the league at 11-5. They earned a 71-60 win over New Hampshire in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament before falling to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the semifinals, 75-60. The Hawks, under the direction of 8th-year head coach John Gallagher, are paced by 6-8 redshirt junior forward John Carroll (15.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), 6-4 junior guard Jason Dunne (14.8 ppg) and 5-10 junior guard J.R. Lynch (13.4 ppg). Prior to joining USD, assistant Chris Gerlufsen was on Hartford's staff for 8 seasons, including the last two as Associate Head Coach.


 

 

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