The University of San Francisco Dons were upset in overtime by the Loyola Marymount University Lions 61 – 60 in the second round of the West Coast Conference tourney in Las Vegas. The Dons had a monster game from Cole Dickerson (23 points, 18 rebounds) but it wasn’t enough to get the Dons over the hump in regulation, as Anthony Ireland of LMU closed out the game with two crucial free throws in overtime. Dickerson made a meaningless 3-pointer with time running out in the game for the final score.
Dickerson had a prodigious scoring game, but none of his points were more important than his tip-in with nine seconds left in regulation to tie the game. Mark Tollefsen contributed 12 points, while Cody Doolin dished out four assists for the Dons.
USF shot 38.9 percent (21-of-54) from the field, 37.0 percent (10-of-27) behind the 3-point line, and a measly 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from the free throw line.
Ireland led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points, followed by Godwin Okonji (14 points), Taylor Walker (13 points), and Ashley Hamilton (11 points). Hamilton and Okonji led the Lions with 14 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
LMU shot 37.7 percent (23-of-61) from the field, 25.0 percent (5-of-20) behind the 3-point line, and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the free throw line.
The Dons lost the game at the free throw line, as they couldn’t convert even half of their shots from the charity stripe.
USF’s 2012 – 2013 season is over, while LMU continues their March Madness run against No. 4 seed Santa Clara in the quarterfinals tomorrow.