Boulder,CO – The USF Dons last game was a 76-57 win over Montana. They had begun the new season with three straight victories before losing to tough Florida Gulf Coast and Evansville, both road games. With an offense that scored at 76.7 ppg (currently fourth in WCC) and giving up only 61.5 ppg (second lowest in WCC) the Dons are formidable.
Rebounding is a strength demonstrated by their 44.7 rpg including 14.3 offensive boards (both first in WCC) led by seniors Kruize Pinkins and Matt Glover both at 6.7 rpg.
6’7” senior forward Pinkis is the team’s leading scorer at 17.0 ppg (56.5 % FG). He plays much bigger than he is and will post hard as well as efficiently pass within the interior. He showed his athleticism by hitting an open 3-pointer in the game, a skill (jump shot) he will need at the next level.
Pinkis’ best move is from the left-side low block where has can initiate contact then take the option given him whether it be face-up or power his way to rim. Defensively he doesn’t shy from contact and knows how to keep his position
Fellow-senior, Glover, a 6’5” transfer-guard (from Penn State) has been deadly so far connecting on 7-of-8 three-point attempts to start the season to lead the WCC. He also leads the team in assists. Glover doesn’t force shots and has a very solid, strong physique. Although he doesn’t drive much, there is a sense he has the ability, but it just isn’t part of San Francisco’s offense.
USF had held opponents to 36.9 FG% and has a +12.2 advantage in rebounding. The Dons have high expectations this season after an NIT appearance (21 wins) and having its highest conference win total in 37 years.
The Colorado Buffaloes were fresh from a home win over Lipscomb (84-75) giving them a 22-consecutive non-conference home win streak (14th nationally) and a 64-9 record at home (.876), in non-conference play in Nov./Dec. However, they still seem to be finding themselves after losing Spencer Dinwiddie to the NBA last summer.
Colorado opened the game with a 7-0 run and a balanced attack featuring 6’10” junior big-man, Josh Scott, who quickly showed why he is one of seven Pac-12 Conference basketball student-athletes on the list for the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams®. Last month, Scott was also named to the John R. Wooden Top 50 preseason watch list.
But by the ten-minute mark of the first-half, USF took the advantage (19-11) behind excellent shooting and patience on offense. They maintained most of the margin for several more minutes and took a 34-32 score into half-time by shooting 56% for the time and a +6 on the glass.
Askia Booker, senior point-guard for Colorado showed his poise and leadership early in second-half by hitting two three-point shots and giving the Buffs a 46-40 lead by the 13:00 mark. His high energy and timely jumpers were much needed and the team responded accordingly by outplaying the visitors in a 72-55 win over the San Francisco. Colorado was out-rebounded by nine for the game, but won the scoring column in the second-half (40-21) and created USF 18 turnovers.
Booker led all scorers with 21 points to go with three assists and three rebounds. Teammate Scott also had double-figures with 12 points and a team-leading six rebounds. For USF, Mark Tollefsen scored 12 points and Matt Christiansen chipped in 10. Pinkins was held to nine points but led San Francico in rebounding with six.
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