March 13, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco fell to Washington State 89-75 Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational, Presented by Zebra Pen. Four Dons (20-14, 8-8 WCC) scored in double figures led by sophomore forward Cole Dickerson's 19-point, 11-rebound double-double.
The Dons trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half, but cut into the Cougar's (16-16, 7-11 Pac-12) lead with hustle and determination, trailing by only one, 35-34, heading into intermission.
Michael Williams and Angelo Caloiaro provided second half surges for the Dons, scoring 14 and 13 points, respectively, but the Dons were unable to stop the Cougars down low as they were outscored 34-22 in the paint.
In his first start of the year, Dickerson led all scorers at the half with 15 points on .667 (6-9) shooting. The Federal Way, WA native played 32 minutes and shot .500 (8-16) from the floor, finishing with 19 points including a 2-for-4 night from beyond the arc.
Joining Dickerson in double figures were Williams, Caloiaro, and Blackwell with 20, 15, and 12-points, respectively.
The Dons shot just .362 (21-58) on the night and were outscored 17-0 in bench points.
Brock Motum paced the Cougars with 24 points on .615 (8-13) shooting.
The Dons hosted their second postseason men's basketball game in as many years as San Francisco beat Idaho 81-73 last year in the opening round of the CIT.
The Cougars will now face the winner of North Dakota State versus Wyoming in the second round.