USF defeated the University of San Diego 81-70 last Saturday, February 11, 2012 in San Diego, to complete a season sweep against the Toreros. The Dons (17-10, 7-6 WCC) have won seven of their last nine games.
The Dons led 41-27 at halftime after utilizing an aggressive full court defense throughout the first half. The Toreros turned the ball over 12 times in the first 20 minutes, allowing USF to take advantage by converting the turnovers into baskets. The Dons were 16-30 from the field in the first half with five 3-pointers.
“We came out very aggressive early and I thought that set tone for the rest of the night,” USF head coach Rex Walters said. USF held the lead throughout the entire second half, most of it by double-digits. The Dons crushed any threat made by the USD offense.
San Francisco shot .519 (28-54) from the field on the game and totaled nine 3-pointers. The Dons went 16-17 from the free throw line, shooting a season-high 94%. Junior forward Perris Blackwell went 4-4 at the line. He also led the team in scoring and rebounding with an impressive 18 point, 11 rebound double-double, his third double-double of the season and the10th in his career.
“I thought Perris Blackwell did a fantastic job tonight and Angelo did a great job of setting the tone early,” Walters said.
Senior forward Angelo Caloiaro finished with 16 points, 14 of which occurred in the first 10 minutes of play. Nine of his points came from behind the 3-point line, sharing with junior guard Michael Williams for the team lead from downtown. Caloiaro spent much of the game battling foul trouble, but was still able to contribute four rebounds and three assists. The Dons led the game in rebounds 31-17.
Sophomore guard Cody Doolin ran the offense for the Dons, leading the team in assists with nine as well as chipping in nine points and two steals. Doolin has been taking care of the ball in the last two games, with just two turnovers and totaling a combined 16 assists.
Sophomore Cole Dickerson and Williams filled out the San Francisco offense with 15 points each, a career high for Dickerson. Dickerson also racked up five rebounds while Williams contributed five assists.
“There is room for improvement, but we’ll take it,” Walters said of the win.
The Toreros were led in scoring by two freshman, guard Johnny Dee and guard Christopher Anderson. The game high scorer was Dee with 23 points, 12 of which came from behind the 3-point line. Anderson added 15 points and six assists for the Toreros. USD shot 45% on the game and totaled eight 3-pointers.
The Dons face their next opponent, Brigham Young University, on Thursday, February 16 at War Memorial Gym. Tip off against BYU is set for 7:00 PM. The game night will be a tribute to coaching legend Pete Newell and is dubbed “Pete Newell Appreciation Night.” The game will be televised by ESPNU and aired on 95.7 The GAME.