San Francisco Dons
It was a rough day for the three Bay Area schools in the West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament: St. Mary’s College, Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco all lost in the quarterfinals—with both SCU and USF putting up valiant efforts against top teams.
The University of San Francisco men’s basketball team won its opening-round game of the West Coast Conference Tournament, and now the Dons will face top-seeded Gonzaga in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in both major media polls this year with their 29-2 record. It would be a major upset if USF managed to beat Gonzaga.
Some of the entries on this list may surprise readers, but those who have followed the game won’t be shocked at which squad is No. 1 on this list. And who knew that the local universities have won a combined four NCAA tournament titles? Only the diehard fans in the Bay Area!
USF coach Rex Walters wasn’t happy with his team’s lack of toughness in a blowout loss to Gonzaga. “They won all the 50/50 balls, and the toughness points,” Walters said of No. 24 Gonzaga, which won 69-41 on Monday night.
Mark Tollefson scored 18 points, Cody Doolin added 13 and San Francisco came back in the second half to beat Pepperdine 64-58 on Saturday night.
Cody Doolin scored 15 points, including two free throws with 17 seconds left, as San Francisco squeaked past Portland 72-71 on Saturday.