The University of San Francisco Dons edged the LMU Lions 61 – 59 in a WCC thriller in Los Angeles, CA. With the win, the Dons (12-15, 5-9 WCC) remain in the hunt for a better seeding in next month’s WCC tournament. The hapless Lions (8-19, 1-13 WCC) remain mired in last place, despite the homecourt advantage tonight.
USF’s Cody Doolin provided the drama by making a driving layup with 0.5 seconds left on in the game clock, ending the Lions’ spirited but unsuccessful second-half come back. The Dons led by as many as 20 points in the first half, but the Lions mounted a furious comeback to take a 57 – 56 lead late in the second half. USF’s Cole Dickerson sunk a clutch 3-point shot to tie the game, before Doolin closed out the game with his buzzer-beating heroics.
Dickerson led the Dons with 16 points and five rebounds, and Doolin finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Mark Tollefsen made the most of his rare start to garner 11 points and four rebounds. Avry Holmes led the Dons with five assists.
USF shot 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from the field, 38.5 percent (10-of-26) behind the 3-point line, and 87.5 percent (7-of-8) from the free throw line.
Anthony Ireland once again led LMU in scoring with 21 points, followed by Ashley Hamilton and Alex Osborne with 11 points each. Ashley (nine rebounds), Osborne (8 rebounds), and Ireland (six rebounds) led the Lions in rebounding, while Chase Flint dished out four assists to lead the Lions.
LMU shot 36,8 percent (21-of-57) from the field, 26.7 percent (4-of-15) behind the 3-point line, and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line. LMU dominated the glass 37 to 27, but couldn’t make enough shots to get over the hump.
Next up for the Dons are the Pepperdine Waves in War Memorial Gym on Saturday, February 23. Tip off is 6 pm Pacific time.