By Kellan King
After a week without WCC play, USF finally got to open up the conference slate against San Diego. The Dons were able to control the game the whole way, getting a rounded offensive attack, however the Toreros fought the whole game.
The game started out with a Patrick Tape poster dunk, setting the tone for the Dons. In the first half, the Dons dominated the glass, behind 6 offensive rebounds from center Yauhen Massalski.The Toreros were led by Bryce Monroe, who had 12 points at the break. Despite shooting worse than USD, the Dons entered the half up 46-32.
The Second Half would not be so easy for the Dons. San Diego started to find their offense, and hung in the game. They were able to cut the lead to 12, but then Khalil Shabazz changed the game. The Senior guard got back to back steals, and converted on 2 layups, extending the lead to 16. From there, the Dons controlled the game, and held on for an 88-73 win.
The Dons were led by a balanced attack, with 27 points from Shabazz, 21 from Massalski, and 19 from Jamaree Bouyea. They were able to find a lot of success in the pick and roll, with Coach Todd Golden saying that the game plan involved “being patient in the pick and roll” and that he thought guards Gabe Stefanini, Khalil Shabazz, and Jamaree Bouyea all did a great job running the pick and roll.
After the game I talked with Head Coach Todd Golden