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Toreros host Northern Arizona on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Dec. 7, 2017

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The Last Meeting
San Diego80
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December 3, 2016
Flagstaff, Ariz.
Upperclassmen Lead Toreros to 80-65 win at Northern Arizona
The USD men’s basketball team (3-5) won at Northern Arizona 80-65 Saturday afternoon. The Toreros were led by their two upperclassmen; Brett Bailey tied his career-high and led all scorers with 26 points and Cameron Neubauer added 20 points, a new career-high. The Toreros played excellent defense, holding the Lumberjacks to 27 percent (17-for-62) shooting while outrebounding them 47-39.

GAME #9: The USD Toreros (6-2), under the direction of head coach Lamont Smith, return to the Jenny Craig Pavilion this Saturday, December 9th, for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-7).

SERIES RECORD: This will be the 18th meeting between the two schools with the Toreros owning a 10-7 advantage... San Diego has won the last two meetings including last season's 80-65 victory in Flagstaff on December 3, 2016.

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

RADIO/TV: 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 Saturday will be broadcast on ESPN 1700AM. The game will also be televised live on Fox Sports San Diego (Kevin Barnett, play-by-play; Brad Holland, color analyst; Michelle Margaux, sideline reporter).

WCC STANDINGS (as of Dec. 6): Gonzaga (7-2), Saint Mary's College (7-2), BYU (7-2), San Diego (6-2), San Francisco (4-3), Pacific (5-5), LMU (4-4), Santa Clara (3-5), Portland (3-6), Pepperdine (3-6).

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), USF (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 takes a 6-2 record into Saturday's game vs. NAU. 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 head to Boulder, Colorado on Tuesday to take on the University of Colorado (7-1; Buffs play at #13 Xavier on Dec. 9)... Former USD head coach Brill Grier is an assistant coach with Colorado.

TOREROS & WCC: The Toreros 6-2 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 (22.6%), scoring defense (60.8) and FG% defense (.384)... Among all WCC players, Isaiah Wright is #2 in steals (2.1) and #3 in assists (5.4); Isaiah Pineiro is #7 in scoring (15.6) and #10 in rebounding (6.3); and Yauhen Massalski is #1 in field goal percentage (.750, 24-32).

* USD earned an impressive 65-60 road win at New Mexico State on Wednesday... The Aggies entered the game with a 5-0 home record and had won 21 of their last 22 home dates... Isaiah Pineiro paced the Toreros with a season-high 23 points, and was followed by Isaiah Wright (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Tyler Williams (13 points, 10 in 2nd half, 3-3 in threes).

* 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) on Dec. 2nd... 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, was caused by 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. 25 the Toreros earned an impressive 72-62 road win over previously undefeated Grand Canyon, ranked No. 25 in 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 NAU JACKS': The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks come to the Jenny Craig Pavilion with a record of 2-7... After starting the season 0-7, they've won their last two meetings against Cal State Bakersfield (60-52) and San Diego Christian (79-70)... Against San Diego Christian the Jacks' were paced by junior guard Karl Harris (19 points, 9 rebounds) and 6-9 junior forward Isaiah Thomas (17 points, 15 rebounds)... For the season the Jacks' are led by 6-7 sophomore wing Chris Bowling (10.6 ppg) and sophomore guard JoJo Anderson (10.3 ppg)... NAU is averaging 65.6 points per game and 33.8 rebounds while giving up on average 80.4 points and 35.2 rebounds to its opponents... Head Coach Jack Murphy is in his 6th Season... NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference... Last season the Jack's finished 9-23 overall and 6-12 (10th place) in the Big Sky Conference.



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