The University of San Francisco Dons welcome the Montana Grizzlies tonight in a nonconference tilt at War Memorial Gym. The Grizzlies enter the game with a record of 3 – 2 after losing to BYU 85 – 60 Wednesday in Provo, Utah. The Grizzlies brought back their top three scorers from last season in Will Cherry, Kareem Jamar, and Mathias Ward, but the 2011 – 2012 First Team All-Big Sky guard Cherry is out with a broken foot. In his absence, sophomores Jordan Gregory and Keron DeShields have filled the void on the perimeter, while Spencer Coleman has manned the post.
Jamar (14.0 ppg), Ward (13.8 ppg), and DeShields (9.2 ppg) pace the Grizzlies in scoring, with Ward ringing in as the top rebounder at a clip of 6.0 per game. Jamar is the top playmaker, averaging 4.4 assists per game.
Montana 7th-year head coach Wayne Tinkle led the Grizzlies to the NCAA playoffs by winning the Big Sky Tournament title last season, and lost in the first round of the playoffs to Wisconsin 73 – 49.
The Dons are led in scoring by De’End Parker, who exploded for 31 points in their 79 – 59 victory over Columbia last Saturday. Parker ranks among the nation’s scoring leaders, averaging a healthy 20.3 points per game. His 66.7% 3-point field goal percentage (10-for-15) places him third nationally. Forward Cole Dickerson is averaging a double-double with 13.8 points per game and an identical 13.8 rebounds per game, including a season-high 19 caroms in the season opener against Stanford. Dickerson’s 13.8 rebounding average ranks second in the nation. Point guard Cody Doolin clocks in at 10.3 points per game, while dishing out a team-high 5.25 assists a game.
Reserve Avry Holmes averages 8.8 points per game, while true freshman Tim Derksen averages 7.0.
Rex Walters enters his fifth year as USF’s head coach, looking to improve on the Dons 3 – 1 record.
Tipoff is 7 pm Friday, November 30 in War Memorial Gym.
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