After a staggering loss to Gonzaga, the USF Dons clinched a 74-67 win in San Diego Thursday night after a lethargic start.
The Dons rallied from a 10-point deficit for the first half with the help of Cole Dickerson, who contributed 21 points, and sealed it with a silencing dunk in the last 30 seconds leading USF to victory.
Poor free throw shooting by USF kept things interesting in the final minute but with the Dons hanging onto a five-point lead at 72-67, duty called and Holmes answered.
In the final 46 seconds Avry Holmes hit two crucial free throws keeping the Dons alive, after recovering a missed 3-pointer by San Diego’s Johnny Dee. As the clock wound down to the final 30 seconds, Matt Glover found a streaking Dickerson for the breakaway slam to solidify the victory, keeping improving USF record to 15-9 overall and 8-4 in the West Coast Conference.
Four Dons finished in double figures, led by Cole Dickerson with 21 points. Avry Holmes contributed 15 and Kruize Pinkins had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Even new faces helped to overcome the shortfall, with Tim Derksen coming off the bench to score 13 points and six rebounds.
Rebounding proved to be the deciding factor, by result of a lingering low free throw percentage crippling their scoring ability. The Dons shot an impressive 50 percent from the floor, and out-rebounded San Diego 38-35 allowing them to stay in the game and eventually take the win.