The University of San Francisco Dons shut down the Loyola Marymount University Lions 62 – 53 for their first WCC conference win of the season in War Memorial Gym. The Dons (8 – 11, 1 – 5 WCC) built a 14-point lead in the second half with a stifling half-court trap against the shorter LMU (8 – 11, 1 – 5 WCC) backcourt. The Dons converted on offense after creating numerous turnovers on defense. But the Lions closed the gap to as close as 44 – 40 with a 10 – 0 run of their own, sparked by pressure defense and converting on put backs on the offensive end.
Leading LMU scorer Anthony Ireland was limited to 13 points, on 1-of-6 shooting from 3-point distance. Bruce English chipped in 12 points, while Ayodeji Egbeyemi scored10 points, and Ashley Hamilton had eight points. English and Godwin Okonji had eight rebounds each, with Hamilton grabbing seven rebounds, and Egbeyemi six.
LMU shot 28.3% (15-of-53) from the field, 10.0% (2-of-20) behind the 3-point line, and 72.4% (21-of-29) from the charity stripe. LMU out-rebounded USF 43 – 38.
USF was led by Cole Dickerson (18 points and 7 rebounds). Reserves Avry Holmes and Mark Tollefsen chipped in 11 and eight points, respectively. Matt Christiansen garnered five rebounds before fouling out.
USF shot 33.3% (18-of-54) from the field, 29.2% (7-of-24) behind the 3-point arc, and 73.1% (19-of-26) from the free throw line.
However, it was on defense where USF was able to thwart LMU’s second half rally, closing out and distracting LMU’s perimeter shooters.
The Dons travel to take on the University of Portland on January 24 at the Chiles Center. Tip off is 7 pm Pacific time.
Topics: Anthony Ireland, Ashley Hamilton, Avry Holmes, Ayodeji Egbeyemi, Bruce English, Cole Dickerson, College Basketball, Godwin Okonji, LMU Lions, Mark Tollefsen, Matt Christiansen, NCAA, University Of San Francisco Dons, USF Dons, WCC