Las Vegas, NV – The #3-seed San Francisco Dons started off their WCC Tournament experience on a high note by defeating #6-seed San Diego 69-60 in first quarterfinal game of the day. The Dons took a 11-9 lead at the 13:57 mark in the first half and never looked back. The closet the Toreros would come was at the 8:36 mark late in the second half when Johnny Dee hit from long range to pull San Diego within one point at 48-47.
San Francisco moves on to the semifinals on Monday looking to improve to 21-10 on the season. They were led in scoring with 19 points from sophomore guard Avry Holmes. Lefty sophomore reserve guard Tim Derksen came off the bench and proved to be a major catalyst by scoring 15 points and pulling down six rebounds. Derksen was a constant pain for San Diego who had no answers for his play making. The Dons other top scorer on the day was senior forward Cole Dickerson who had 14 points and eight rebounds.
San Diego struggled offensively all game and were led by senior forward Dennis Kramer’s 19 points. Johnny Dee, the Toreros top play maker was held to 12 points on 2-of-7 shooting. San Diego finishes out their season with a 16-16 record.
In the next game, BYU failed to hit a 3-pointer in the game, as the Cougars went 0-of-12 from behind the arc against Loyola Marymount. However, the Cougars didn’t need to hit from long range to eliminate LMU in the West Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals. They defeated the Lions Saturday afternoon at Orleans Arena, 85-74.
With the win, No. 2 seed BYU (22-10) advances to the WCC semifinals against No. 3 seed San Francisco Monday night.
Sophomore Kyle Collinsworth, and his workman like/do everything style of play recorded a double-double with career highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds while fellow junior guard Anson Winder had a career-high six steals and added 16 points of his own. And as usual for BYU, sophomore guard and team scoring leader Tyler Haws dropped 22 points.
Aggressive play on both ends by the Cougars proved to be too much for 10th-seeded, upset-minded LMU (13-19).
The Lions were led by senior PG Anthony Ireland’s 19 points and four assists. Freshmen guard Evan Payne (15 points) and forward Gabe Levin (18 points, 10 rebounds) helped in a valiant effort. LMU continually hung around with their scrappy play and had many opportunities to make some serious runs on BYU to close the gap, but with good there sometimes comes bad. The bad is what hurt every Lion run, whether it was making unforced turnovers, missing easy shots inside or squandering advantaged fast-break opportunities.
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