By Kellan King
San Francisco came into today’s game against Southern Illinois looking for a win. They were coming off a tough weekend in Arizona, where they split close games against Grand Canyon and Arizona State. Against the Salukis, they got that win, but it was a hard fought game.
In the first half, the Dons were able to score, but it did not come by way of the usual 3 point attack. The Dons didn’t make a 3 until around 4 minutes in the first half, but that did not stop USF’s offensive attack. After the game, Coach Golden said the team did a good job getting the ball down low and finishing inside, and continuing to score. At the break, the Dons led by 10.
The second half proved to be a game of runs. Southern Illinois came out of the half with a 5-0, cutting the lead to 5. The Dons then responded, growing their lead to 20 behind a strong half from big man Yauhen Massalski. The last 5 minutes would not go so smoothly for the Dons. A few sloppy turnovers from the Dons and solid offense from SIU cut the lead to 9. However, that was as close as the Salukis would get, as USF would close the game and win by 12.
Overall, it was a solid effort for USF over a good Southern Illinois team. They held SIU to 34% shooting from the field, and were led by 20 points from Jamaree Bouyea. The Dons now have 1 game remaining, against Academy of Art, before Conference play starts on January 1.
After the game I talked to Coach Todd Golden