Dons down Griz men, 75-74

MISSOULA, MONTANA – The University of San Francisco Dons dominated play inside en route to a 75-74 win over the University of Montana Grizzlies Friday night in UM’s Dahlberg Arena.

The Grizzlies had an opportunity to win the game in the final seconds, but a long jump shot by senior guard-forward Kareem Jamar rimmed out.

The Dons (3-2) took a 67-64 lead on a three-pointer by center Mark Tollefsen with 2:48 left to play, and the Griz (1-2) stayed within striking range after that, but could never retake the lead.

Montana got its chance at a game-winning shot when USF sophomore guard Avry Holmes was called for a flagrant foul on UM junior guard Keron DeShields with 11 second left in the game.  DeShields made 1-of-2 free throws, cutting the USF lead what proved to be the final score (75-74).

As a result of the flagrant foul call, the Grizzlies got possession of the ball after DeShields two charity shots, and then got the ball to Jamar with about three second remaining, and he just missed the game-winning shot.

USF scored 30 points in the paint, compared to Montana’s 16, and the Dons out-rebounded the Griz 35 to 25, they had 14 offensive boards (UM had eight).

Both teams struggled from the line, the Griz making 6-of-14 (42.9%) free throws, and the Dons were 10-of-22 (45.5%).

Jamar scored a game-high 25 points, 15 of those coming in the second half, making 8-of-16 shots from the field.  He also led UM with 8 assists and 6 rebounds.  DeShields finished with 12 points, while Jordan Gregory and forward Chris Kemp added 10 points apiece.

UM true freshman guard Brandon Gfeller, from Colfax, Wash., had his first career start, and scored 9 points, making 3-of-6 three-point shots.

Junior forward Kruize Pinkins came off the bench to lead USF with 22 points, and he made 10-of-11 shots from the floor, most of them coming in the paint.  Senior forward Cole Dickerson added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Dons. USF led 30-27 at halftime.

The Dons were without starting senior guard Cody Doolin, who left the team to return to this home state of Texas for personal reasons.  Doolin is second on the team in scoring at 13.0 points a game.

Montana plays at the University of Washington next Tuesday, Nov. 26.  USF plays at Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 24.

PINKINS, Kruize 10-11 2-3 22; DICKERSON, Cole 7-13 1-5 17; TOLLEFSEN, Mark 4-7 4-8 14; HOLMES, Avry 5-7 2-2 13; GLOVER, Matt 3-7 0-2 6; ADAMS. Chris 1-4 0-0 2; DERKSEN, Tim 0-5 1-2 1; HILLIARD, Corey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-55 10-22 75.
JAMAR, Kareem 8-16 5-9 25; DESHIELDS, Keron 5-9 1-3 12; KEMP, Chris 5-7 0-2 10; GREGORY, Jordan 4-7 0-0 10; GFELLER, Brandon 3-6 0-0 9; WEISNER, Mike 3-6 0-0 8; HUTCHISON, Eric 0-0 0-0 0; MARTIN, Andy 0-0 0-0 0; DUNN, Mario 0-1 0-0 0.  Totals 28-52 6-14 74.
San Francisco………………….. 30 45 – 75
University of Montana……… 27 47 – 74

3-point goals–San Francisco 5-10 (DICKERSON, Cole 2-3; TOLLEFSEN, Mark 2-4; HOLMES, Avry 1-1; ADAMS. Chris 0-2), University of Montana 12-28 (JAMAR, Kareem 4-9; GFELLER, Brandon 3-6; GREGORY, Jordan 2-4; WEISNER, Mike 2-5; DESHIELDS, Keron 1-3; DUNN, Mario 0-1). Fouled out–San Francisco-None, University of Montana-None. Rebounds–San Francisco 35 (DICKERSON, Cole 12), University of Montana 25 (JAMAR, Kareem 6). Assists–San Francisco 12 (GLOVER, Matt 4), University of Montana 14 (JAMAR, Kareem 8). Total fouls–San Francisco 15, University of Montana 18. Technical fouls–San Francisco-None, University of Montana-None. Attendance-3,615.

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