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USD Toreros 2018 Basketball Season Thread

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by SDRay, Dec 2, 2018.

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    Toreros top Long Beach State minus Massalski

    https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sd-usdhoop-1201-story.html


    USD’s best inside player, 6-foot-10 Yauhen Massalski, was seated on the bench for Saturday’s game against Long Beach State, his right foot encased in a bulky, protective boot.

    His replacement, Alex Floresca, picked up his second foul on a flagrant technical with 12 minutes, 10 seconds to play in the first half and sat out the rest of the opening 20 minutes.

    The Toreros missed their first eight shots from the field.

    Defense, though, can mask a lot of issues, and the Toreros locked down on the 49ers. Coming from five points down in the second half, USD hit 10 straight free throws in the final 5:21 to hand the 49ers a 74-70 defeat at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

    Olin Carter III’s two free throws gave USD a 72-70 lead with 30.9 seconds to play. Isaiah Wright hit two from the stripe with nine seconds to play to ice the game.

    Of the clutch free-throw shooting, head coach Sam Scholl said, “That shows seniors who aren’t afraid of the moment. They don’t panic.”

    The Toreros improved to 6-2 while the 49ers dropped to 2-7.

    Four Toreros landed in double figures, led by Carter with 21. Isaiah Pineiro and Tyler Williams each scored 17. Wright added 11 points.

    USD won the game, though, on the defensive end, holding Long Beach to 40.7 percent shooting. Three nights earlier, the Toreros allowed Ole Miss to shoot 61 percent from the field in a 93-86 loss.

    “We had our hiccup (defensively) against Ole Miss,” Scholl said.

    At shoot-around practice Saturday morning, Scholl left his players with a message.

    “Let’s get back to who we are on the defensive side,” he said.

    Massalski, the team’s second-leading rebounder, suffered a sprained right ankle against Ole Miss. An MRI exam showed no structural damage and Scholl said his status is day-to-day.

    His inside presence was sorely missed. Long Beach State’s Temidayo Yussef, who came in averaging 8.6 points, bullied USD inside, scoring a game-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

    “One of our mottos this week was next man up,” Carter said.

    After basically using a six-man rotation for most of the early season, Scholl went deep into his bench with 10 players getting minutes.

    “No one’s going to feel sorry for us,” Pineiro said. “It’s a long season. You go through adversity. You just have to overcome it.”

    USD won despite the dreadful offensive start.

    “One thing we have not done all season is panic,” said Scholl. “We found a way.”
     

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