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Dons Cross the Bay To Battle St. Mary's: Game Preview

The USF Dons hope to win their first WCC win this season against the St. Mary’s Gaels in Moraga tonight.  The Dons (7 – 9 , 0 – 3 WCC) enter the game after losing to another WCC foe USD 70 – 66 Thursday at War Memorial Gym.  The Gaels (12 – 4, 1 – 1) lost to Gonzaga 83 – 78 in Spokane, WA Thursday.

The Dons are led in scoring by Cole Dickerson (115.6 points per game), Cody Doolin (13.3 ppg), De’End Parker (13.1 ppg) and Tim Derksen (9.3 ppg).  However, De’End has been playing through a wrist injury so his minutes have been limited.  Dickerson is one of the nation’s leading rebounders with an 11.3 average, with Derksen chipping in 4.6 rpg.  Doolin is averaging a conference-leading 6.44 assists per game.

USF averages 70.0 ppg, and allows opponents 68.1 ppg.  The Dons shoot 45.8% from the field, 39.2% behind the 3-point line, and 64.2% from the free throw line.

Matthew Dellavedova leads the Gaels in scoring with a 17.2 ppg average, followed by Stephen Holt (11.8 ppg), Beau Levesque (10.2 ppg), and Brad Waldow (10.0 ppg).  Mitchell Young leads  the Gaels in rebounding with a 5.7 rpg average, followed closely by Waldow (5.6 rpg), and Holt (5.3 rpg).  Dellavedova leads the Gaels with 6.44 apg and is tied for the WCC lead with USF’s Cody Doolin in that statistic.

SMC averages 79.4 ppg, and allows opponents 66.8 ppg.  The Gaels shoot an outstanding 49.8% from the field, 39.4% behind the 3-point arc, and 75.7% from the charity stripe.

The starting point guards for USF and SMC are key to their respective team’s prospects.  USF’s Doolin is more of a slasher who looks to find open teammates or to finish in the lane.  Dellavedova is more perimeter-oriented, equally adept at knocking down the 3-point shot or finding an open teammate.

SMC rebounds well at all positions.  Keeping USF’s Dickerson off the offensive boards will be a team effort for the Gaels.  Dickerson will need to be active on the boards as he fights off multiple double teams.  The health of Parker’s wrist will also be key, as he is the Dons leading shooter from 3-point range.

Tip off is 8 pm Pacific time.



Tags: Bad Waldow Beau Levesque Cody Doolin Cole Dickerson College Basketball De'End Parker Matthew Dellavedova Mitchell Young NCAA Saint Mary's Gaels SMC Gaels Stephen Holt Tim Derksen University Of San Francisco Dons USF Dons

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