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Dons Travel To Portland: Game Preview

The University of San Francisco Dons travel to Portland to take on the Pilots, seeking their second WCC win of the season.  The Dons (8 – 11, 1 – 5 WCC) defeated LMU 62 – 53 last Saturday in War Memorial Gym for their first win in conference play.  Portland (8 – 12, 1 – 4 WCC) lost at home 60 – 38 to St. Mary’s last Saturday.

The Pilots are led in scoring by Ryan Nicholas (12.7 points per game) and Kevin Bailey (11.9 ppg).  Nicholas also leads in rebounding at 9.7 rebounds per game, with Thomas van der Mars and Riley Barker chipping in 5.0 rpg and 4.7 rpg, respectively.  Derrick Rodgers leads the Pilots with 2.4 assists per game.

The Pilots shoot 41.1 percent from the field, 29.2 percent behind the 3-point arc, and 66.6 percent from the free throw line.  Portland averages 59.9 ppg and 36.2 rpg.

Cole Dickerson averages a double-double (14.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg) to lead the Dons in both categories.  Cody Doolin, De’End Parker and Tim Derksen chip in 12.5 ppg, 12.1 ppg, and 8.5 ppg, respectively.  Derksen also grabs 4.4 rpg, followed by Mark Tollefsen off the bench with 3.3 rpg.

The Dons shoot 44.7 percent from the field, 37.8 percent behind the 3-point line, and 66.2 percent from the free throw line.  The Dons average 68.8 ppg, and rebound at a clip of 33.9 rpg.

Dickerson is a double-double threat every time he steps on the court, but he needs help on offense.  Parker’s wrist is still bothering him, which limits one of his strengths–perimeter shooting.  Doolin is at his best driving to the basket and either finishing or dishing to open teammates.  His shooting percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio suffered against LMU due to the high demands of defending LMU’s prolific scorer Anthony Ireland.  Portland doesn’t have any perimeter scorers on par with Ireland, so Doolin should be more able to create on the offensive end.

The Pilots have size underneath with the 6’11” van de Mars and the 6’10” Riley Baker, but lack the reliable perimeter threat from 3-point distance.  The Pilots must show the ability to knock down 3-point shots to prevent the Dons defense from packing the lane, and double-teaming the post.  The Dons will need to block out the bigger Pilots from the boards.

Tip off is 7 pm Pacific time.

Tags: Chiles Center Cody Doolin Cole Dickerson College Basketball De'End Parker Derrick Rodgers Kevin Bailey Mark Tollefsen NCAA Portland Pilots Riley Barker Ryan Nicholas Thomas Van De Mars Tim Derksen University Of San Francisco Dons USF Dons WCC

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