USD Basketball Tabs Sam Scholl as New Head Coach

April 2, 2018

It’s been a decade since the University of San Diego last made an impact in March, upsetting a fourth-seeded Connecticut squad in overtime. On the same day that the NCAA crowned its champion in hot-shooting juggernaut Villanova, the University of San Diego formally announced the man they hope can lead them back to the madness of March. After watching acting head coach Sam Scholl lead the Toreros to the quarterfinals…

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Lamont Smith Resigns as Head Basketball Coach at USD

March 7, 2018

After nearly two weeks of investigation into his Bay Area arrest, and a day after being cleared on charges of domestic violence, University of San Diego head basketball coach Lamont Smith has resigned. The decision was communicated by university administrators to the campus community late Wednesday night. In addition to announcing the decision, the statement from university president James Harris noted appreciation for Smith’s contributions to the basketball program during…

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Charges Against USD Basketball Coach Dropped

March 6, 2018

As West Coast Conference powerhouse Gonzaga celebrates the culmination of a dominant run through the conference tournament, the budding men’s basketball program at the University of San Diego can allow itself a small sigh of relief off the court. Head coach Lamont Smith, arrested two Sundays ago in the Bay Area in relation to an alleged domestic violence dispute, will not face charges for the incident, it was announced Tuesday….

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USD Basketball Coach Arrested on Team Trip

February 25, 2018

UPDATE (2/26/18, 2:32 p.m. PST): The University of San Diego announced today that Smith will be placed on administrative leave until further notice. In the announcement, the school states that “Our values as a faith-based institution call upon us to proceed with justice and compassion. Our prayers are for all those who are impacted by this situation.” The university has opened an investigation. Assistant coach Sam Scholl will take over…

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USD Toreros Fall Short Against 14th Ranked Gonzaga on Senior Night

February 22, 2018

The USD Toreros Men’s basketball team hosted the 14th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs on their Senior Night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, attempting to beat the Zags for the first time in their last eight meetings. Torero’s forward, Cameron Neubauer, was the lone senior on the USD team this season. The red-hot Zags came into the contest on a nine-game win streak, sitting at 25-4 (15-1 in the WCC) after cruising over…

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USD Basketball Slides Back into Win Column versus Santa Clara

January 25, 2018

Losers of four of their last five, the University of San Diego entered tonight in dire need of a win. Leave it to a home match-up with Santa Clara, then, to get the team back on track. A 21-point effort from point guard Isaiah Wright (including 15 points in the second half) staved off attempts at a rally from the opposing Broncos and carried the home team to a 66-58…

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Moral Victories Only: USD Stumbles Down Stretch in Loss to St. Mary’s

January 6, 2018

The 2017-18 University of San Diego men’s basketball team has made its money so far on stifling defense around the three-point line and a gritty lineup that runs eight deep. In a road match-up with St. Mary’s, and looking for the program’s first win in Moraga since 2007, the Toreros turned to that formula again. The opposing Gaels didn’t make a three-pointer until midway through the second half, and shot…

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USD’s Defense Carries Team to Best Start in Program History

December 12, 2017

For ten games now in the 2017-18 season, the University of San Diego has grounded its identity in keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The team leads the West Coast Conference in scoring defense (59.7 points per game) and shooting defense (37.3 percent), and leads the nation in three-point shooting defense at 22.4 percent. The defense-first philosophy has kept the team in games in challenging environments already this year, resulting in…

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Poor Shooting Leads USD to First Loss vs SDSU in City Championship

December 1, 2017

Excitement, hype, and feelings of emotion surrounded the undefeated Toreros Men’s basketball team last night as they battled the SDSU Aztecs for the annual City Basketball Championship, taking place at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD was intent on beating SDSU for the first time since 2015, when they knocked off the Aztecs on a neutral court at Petco Park, winning 53-48. USD entered the City Championship at 5-0, coming off…

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Toreros Men’s Basketball Set for Step Forward in 2017-18

November 12, 2017

When Lamont Smith took the reins as head coach of the University of San Diego men’s basketball team prior to the 2015-16 season, there was an understanding that success would not come quickly or easily. That first team of Toreros carried just three upperclassmen — junior Brett Bailey and seniors Duda Sanadze and Jito Kok — and won just nine games on the season. The team’s on-court struggles covered any…

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