Avry Holmes scored 19 points and the third-seeded USF Dons put away the No. 6-seeded San Diego Toreros with a 8-0 run in the second half for a 69-60 victory in a West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinal in Las Vegas Saturday afternoon.
The Dons (21-10) advance to a semifinal on Monday against the winner later Saturday between 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount and the No. 2 seed, BYU.
The Dons took their largest lead of the day, 42-28 on Derksen’s basket with 14:33 to go in the game before the Toreros (16-16) mounted a comeback.
Johnny Dee drained a 3-pointer with 8:36 remaining to cut USF’s lead to 48-47 before the Dons ran off eight straight points to put the game away. USF closed it out by sinking 9-of-11 from the foul line in the final two minutes.
Derksen came off the bench for 15 points and Dickerson had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Dons.
San Diego was 19-for-51 (37.3 percent) overall, 10-for-31 (32.3 percent) from deep and 12-for-20 (60 percent) at the line. USF was 20-for-47 (42.6 percent), 7-for-17 (41.2 percent) and 22-for-30 (73.3 percent).
The Dons had a 37-28 rebounding edge and had nine turnovers to 10 for the Toreros.
USF’s semifinal matchup on Monday is set for 6 p.m.