GAME #8: The USD Toreros (5-2), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, head to Las Cruces, New Mexico for a Wednesday night showdown against the New Mexico State Aggies (6-1). Game time is 6:00 p.m. (PST) at the Pan American Center (12,575).
SERIES RECORD: This is just the second meeting between USD and NMSU. The Aggies won the first meeting held last year at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on November 26, 2016. Despite a 24 point, 9 rebound, 7 assist effort from senior forward Brett Bailey, the Aggies came away with a 56-51 victory.
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.
RADIO/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 Wednesday will be broadcast on The Mighty 1090AM. The game will also be streamed on Aggievision.com.
WCC STANDINGS (as of Dec. 3): Gonzaga (7-1), Saint Mary's College (6-2), BYU (6-2), San Diego (5-2), LMU (4-3), Pacific (5-4), San Francisco (3-3), Portland (3-5), Santa Clara (3-5), Pepperdine (2-6).
WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Toreros were picked to place sixth by the WCC head coaches in the 2017-18 Preseason WCC Coaches Poll. Saint Mary's was selected first with 81 points and 9 first place votes. Rounding out the top-5 was Gonzaga (73 points, 1 first place vote), BYU (62 points), San Francisco (59 points) and Santa Clara (44 points). Following San Diego is Pepperdine (30 points), Pacific (24 points), Portland (21 points) and Loyola Marymount (19 points).
COACH SMITH (3RD YEAR): Coach Lamont Smith (San Diego, 1998) is in his third year at the helm of the Torero basketball program. The team's 5-0 start out of the gates matched the program's best Divison I start (2013-14 & 1990-91). He welcomes back four starters from last year's squad that finished 13-18 overall. The Toreros earned a home victory over BYU and swept Portland during league play. Brett Bailey, last year's lone senior and team captain, earned All-WCC Second Team honors. Prior to USD Smith was at the University of New Mexico where he was the Associate Head Coach. Prior to UNM he spent time at Washington, Arizona State, Santa Clara, Saint Mary's College and Saint Louis University. Smith returned to USD where he was a member of the 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 Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of San Diego in 1998. Lamont and his wife Kimberly have two daughters -- Payton and Olivia.
A LOOK AHEAD: The Toreros return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, December 9th, to host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in a 7:00 p.m. contest (FSSD telecast).
TOREROS & WCC: The Toreros 5-2 start to the season can be attributed mainly to their team defensive effort... USD currently is tops in the WCC and among NCAA leaders in 3-point field goal percentage defense (23.7%), scoring defense (60.9) and FG% defense (.385)... Among all WCC players, Isaiah Wright is #1 in steals (2.4) and #2 in assists (5.7); Isaiah Pineiro is #9 in scoring (14.6) and #11 in rebounding (6.3); and Yauhen Massalski is #1 in field goald percentage (.750, 24-32).
* USD's 5-0 start out of the gates, and its 72-62 road win over Grand Canyon, moved them into the No. 25 spot on the CollegeInsider.com Top-25 Poll (as of Nov. 27th).
* Despite a double-double from junior forward Isaiah Pineiro (14 points, 10 rebounds), the Toreros dropped a 67-57 road decision at UC Santa Barbara (6-2) this past Saturday... Olin Carter III chipped in 14 points and Isaiah Wright added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals... Freshman Yauhen Massalski grabbed a personal-best 9 boards... USD's chances for a road win were hindered by an off-night at the free throw line (9-23).
* USD's first loss of the season, a 66-57 setback to crosstown rival SDSU on Nov. 30, can be attibuted to poor shooting... The Toreros converted just 23-of-61 shots (.377) and 7-of-30 threes (.233)... Junior Isaiah Pineiro paced the Toreros with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals... Junior guard Isaiah Wright chipped in with 10 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.
* On. Nov. 25th the Toreros earned an impressive 72-62 road win over previously undefeated Grand Canyon, ranked No. 25 in CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll at the time of the game... Junior guard Isaiah Wright came within a rebound of a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds... Junior forward Isaiah Pineiro (17 points), freshman forward Yauhen Massalski (17 points, 7 rebounds) and junior guard Olin Carter III (15 points) also reached double digit scoring... The Toreros did not allow GCU to score a basket over the final nine minutes of action.
SCOUTING THE NMSU AGGIES: The New Mexico State University Aggies (6-1) are currently riding a 5-game winning streak after Saturday's 69-57 home win over Prairie View A&M... The home win also boosted their home record at the Pan American Center to 5-0 this season... Jemerrio Jones led the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while AJ Harris chipped in with 17 points... Season leaders include 6-4 graduate guard Zach Lofton (19.0 ppg) and 6-5 senior forward Jemerrio Jones (10.7 ppg, 11.9 rpg)... R-Sophomore guard AJ Harris also averages double-digit scoring at 10.7 points per game... Head Coach Chris Jans is in his first season and has two starters and five lettermen back from last year's 28-6 ball club (16-1 home record) that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament... In last year's game at the JCP, Jemerrio Jones chipped in 14 points off the bench (6-10 FG).
Men's Basketball: Rock the House
Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics