MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS AT SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dior Lowhorn (30), Myron Strong (21), Danny Cavic (14) and Manny Quezada (10) combined for 75 of San Francisco’s 93 points to lead the Dons to a 93-63 victory over Sacramento State in a non-conference men’s basketball game Saturday evening at War Memorial Gym.
With the victory, San Francisco, which was playing its home opener, improved to 2-1 this season. Sacramento State dropped to 1-3 with the loss. The two teams have now faced each other five straight years with the Dons coming out on top three of those occasions. Overall, San Francisco is now 9-2 all-time against the Hornets.
Sacramento State got off to a quick start, taking its largest lead of the game (17-13 with 13:41 to play in the first half) after a lay-up from junior Loren Leath. Both teams exchanged baskets for the next five minutes until a pair of free throws from Hornet senior Jason Davis tied the score at 23-23 with 8:51 remaining in the first half. However, USF proceeded to go on a 27-10 run over the half’s final 8:38 to take a commanding 17-point lead (50-33) into the break.
The Dons led by at least 20 points during the game’s final 13:49, and the team’s 30-point margin of victory was also its largest lead of the game. Lowhorn went 13-of-21 from the floor for his game-high 30 points and he also led all players with nine rebounds. USF shot 56.1 percent (37-66) from the field and held a 38-28 rebounding edge. The team was also proficient from beyond the thee-point arc, hitting 8-of-12 attempts (.667). Six different Dons hit three-pointers, including two each from Cavic and Christian Hernandez.
USF scored 50 of its 93 points in the paint as the Dons controlled the interior. In addition, San Francisco outscored the Hornets, 22-5, in second chance points as the Hornets pulled just 16 defensive rebounds all night.
Sacramento State was led by junior Donald Thomas’ career-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Fifteen of his 16 points came in the second half as he scored half the team’s 30 points in the second stanza.
Five Hornets had at least eight points, comprised of Thomas, Leath (10), senior Clark Woods (9), freshman Vinnie McGhee (8) and Davis (8). Junior forward Randy Adams led the team with five rebounds. Sacramento State, which shot 45.1 percent (23-51) from the field, could not convert again from the free throw line, shooing just 48.0 percent (12-25) from the stripe.
Sacramento State returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 21, when the team travels to Stockton to play Pacific. The Hornets defeated the Tigers on a last-second three-pointer in overtime by former Hornet Haron Hargrave last season in Sacramento.