The University of San Francisco Dons edged the Portland Pilots 75 – 72 in Portland, OR on the strength of Cole Dickerson’s 3-pointer with time running out, sealing the Dons’ second consecutive WCC win. A healthy De’End Parker, healing from a wrist injury, had a break out game to lead the Dons (9 – 11, 2 – 5 WCC) with 16 points, with Dickerson scoring 15 points, while reserve Avry Holmes added nine points. Matt Christiansen led the Dons with four rebounds, while Cody Doolin distributed seven assists.
USF shot 53.2% (25-of-47) from the field, 42.9% (9-of-21) behind the 3-point arc, and a stellar 94.1% (16-of-17) from the free throw line. The Dons were out-rebounded 28 – 17.
Ryan Nicholas (23 points), Kevin Bailey (15 points), and Derrick Rodgers (nine points) led the Pilots (8 – 13, 1 – 5 WCC) in scoring. Bryce Pressley had six rebounds, while Nicholas grabbed five rebounds. Rodgers dished out four assists.
Portland shot 51.0% (25-of-49) from the field, 40.0% (4-of-10) behind the 3-point arc, and 78.3% (18-of-23) from the free throw line.
Dickerson’s game-winning shot capped a comeback rally which found the Dons down by 11 points in the second half. Cody Doolin also hit a clutch 3-pointer to tie the game 72 – 72 with 1:02 left. Doolin also had the biggest assist of the night when he found Dickerson for his game-winning heroics.
USF visits Spokane, WA to take on the 10th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs Saturday, January 26. Tip off is 5 pm Pacific time.
Topics: Avry Holmes, Bryce Pressley, Cody Doolin, Cole Dickerson, College Basketball, De'End Parker, Derrick Rodgers, Kevin Bailey, Matt Christiansen, NCAA, Portland Pilots, Ryan Nicholas, University Of San Francisco Dons, USF Dons, WCC