March 8, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Francisco Dons forward Cole Dickerson (25) shoots against San Diego Toreros forward Dennis Kramer (40) during the first half in the quarterfinals of the West Coast Conference tournament at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

USF Dons Advance To WCC Semifinals With 69-60 Win Over San Diego


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.

USF took a 13-point lead in the first half on a Tim Derksen 3-pointer with 4:39 left and led 33-23 at the half after Cole Dickerson completed a three-point play with eight seconds remaining.

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.

Dennis Kramer paced the Toreros with 19 points, Dee added 13 and Christopher Anderson had 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

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.

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