USF Dons Hang On To Clip Pacific Tigers 64-59

The USF Dons had a terrific first half on Saturday at War Memorial Gym, opening up a 12-point lead at intermission. They needed every one of them.

The Pacific Tigers opened up the second half on a 13-1 run to tie the game and the teams went back and forth the rest of the way before the Dons hung on for a 64-59 victory.

Cole Dickerson put USF (18-10, 11-5 West Coast Conference) up for good, converting an inside bucket with 1:14 to go to give the Dons a 59-57 lead. Avry Holmes hit three free throws around a jumper by Trevin Harris for Pacific (14-13, 5-11) to put USF up 62-59 with 18 seconds left.

Tony Gill misfired on a 3-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and Mark Tollefsen knocked down a big pair of free throws with nine seconds to go to seal the win for the Dons.

Holmes led the Dons with 15 points and five assists, while Dickerson had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Tollefsen added 11 points.

Harris paced the Tigers with 15 points. Sama Taku logged 14 points and six rebounds.

Pacific was 24-for-59 (40.7 percent) overall, 4-for-16 (25 percent) from 3-point range and 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) at the line. USF was 22-for-46 (47.8 percent), 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) and 17-for-29 (58.6 percent).

The Tigers won the glass 34-31. The Dons had 10 turnovers, compared to 11 for Pacific.

USF will be on the road for its final two regular-season games, beginning Thursday night at Pepperdine at 7 p.m. Pacific finished up at home, beginning Thursday night when it hosts No. 25 Gonzaga at 7 p.m.

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