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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