Friday night at War Memorial Gym the Dons’ Men’s Basketball team played the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds in its final exhibition contest in an unfortunate 74-69 loss.
Although eventually losing to the Sunbirds, the Dons put up quite an intense fight, particularly in the second half. Senior guard Manny Quezada scored 14 points and had three assists on Friday night. Similarly, Dior Lowhorn, a senior forward scored 22 points, along with a double-double, and 10 boards. Junior forward Blake Wallace added 12 points with four rebounds to the Dons’ final score.
Both teams played well the first half, as they were tied for most of the time. The Sunbirds led by one with the score 38-37. The Sunbirds had six threes and converted on .484 from the floor, and pulled out an even stronger second half. Twelve minutes into the second half, the Sunbirds had scored 20 points, where the Dons were only able to score five. No longer was it a close game.
The Dons fired back with less than seven minutes remaining, trailing the Sunbirds by 16 in a 68-52 scoreboard. In just three minutes, the Dons scored 10 points, with two lay-ups by freshman Kwamae Vaughn and senior Manny Quezada. Although pulling the score to an impressive 70-66, the Dons weren’t able to pull through with less than a minute remaining on the clock.
Fresno Pacific added four more points to their overall score with the help of their team players Marcus West and James Lewis, who each scored over 20 points this game.
This was the Dons’ final exhibition game before heading into conference play next week.
The 2008 Verizon Wireless Tip-off Classic on Nov. 14 will kick off the 2008-09 season for the Dons. They will play Hawaii’s Rainbow Warriors at the Stan Sheriff Center at 9:35 p.m.
Losing to Fresno Pacific is not good news for the Dons, who are trying to put last season’s nightmare, including going through three coaches, behind them.
However, the team did get some mildly good press in the SF Chronicle on Monday, which ran the headline, “WCC preview: USF men look to bounce back from turmoil.”