The Dons Men’s Basketball Team beat the University of San Diego Toreros 95-79 on Thursday, Feb 1.
They defeated the Toreros for the second time this season, after pulling out a 20-point victory in San Diego on Jan. 11.
The Toreros came out strong in the first few minutes, forcing the Dons to step up their game defensively. The Dons were led by 6-foot-8 forward, Jonathan Mogbo and junior guard, Marcus Williams.
Mogbo and Williams had a strong connection all night, connecting on multiple alley-oops and dominating defensively.
“When we went through our press in that first half, and put Johnathan on the ball, it caused some chaos for them,” said head coach Chris Gerlufsen. “That got us going and it provided a separation in the first half.”
USF closed the first half with a 12-point lead, behind Williams’ 14 points and three steals, and Mogbo’s 16 points on 6-6 shooting.
The Dons kept their foot on the gas in the second half, pushing back against the Toreros’ comeback efforts. In addition to performances by Mogbo and Williams, the Dons’ supporting cast of junior guard Malik Thomas, junior forward Ndewedo “Chips” Newbury, and first-year guard Ryan Beasley pitched in.
The Dons never let the Toreros back into the game, sealing their 16-point victory. Thomas and Newbury chipped in 14 and 12 points, respectively. Beasley added 10 points of his own behind Mogbo and Williams who both finished the game with double-doubles. Mogbo finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Williams finished with 19 points and 10 assists.
Despite star performances from Mogbo and Williams, Coach Gerlufsen had high praise for Beasley. In the post-game press conference, after Beasley answered a question about how his first season with the team, Gerlufsen interjected and praised the young guard.
“I have to remind myself a lot that he’s a freshman because I don’t see him like that,” Gerlufsen said. “I am hard on him because he’s wired the right way, raised the right way, he’s been a winner his whole life, a natural leader. I am on him to bring more of those qualities out.”
The Dons are currently on a three-game winning streak and sit second in the West Coast Conference with a 18-6 record overall, and 7-2 in the conference. They are heading to Malibu on Feb. 8 to take on the Pepperdine Waves and look to continue their journey to the NCAA March Madness tournament.
Students can attend all home games for free with the use of their One Card.
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