March 1, 2012
Las Vegas - San Francisco enjoyed a great night shooting the basketball and cruised past Portland 87-66 in the opening round of the 2012 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Championship Thursday night at the Orleans Arena. The No. 5 Dons (19-12) down the Pilots (7-24) for the fifth straight time and improve to 3-1 all-time in the WCC postseason.
San Francisco will take on No. 4 Loyola Marymount in the first quarterfinal contest on Friday, March 2. Game time is set for 6:00 PM from Orleans Arena in a contest televised live nationally by ESPNU.
Senior forward Angelo Caloiaro and senior guard Rashad Green led the Dons with 19 points apiece. Junior forward Perris Blackwell added 15 points on 7-of-9 from the floor to go along with six rebounds and two blocked shots, Sophomore forward Cole Dickerson enjoyed a strong night for the Dons off the bench with eight points, a career-high 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
San Francisco cruised to a big lead in the opening period, fueled by strong 3-point shooting. The Dons connected on .643 (9-14) from beyond the arc as both Green and Caloiaro drilled three apiece and the seniors combined on 25 points before the intermission, with Green leading the way with 13. USF shot .563 (18-32 from the field and forced 10 Pilot turnovers and leading to 12 points.
After taking a 51-32 lead into halftime, the Dons continued to click offensively in the second half and eventually led by as many as 29 with 14:25 remaining.
For the game, USF shot at a .508 (31-61) clip and connected on .448 (11-23) from long distance. The Dons held a decisive 40-34 rebound advantage and outscored the Pilots in the paint 38-24.
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