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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 27, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: War Memorial Gymnasium (4,200) -- San Francisco, California. Television: None. Home Record: Sonoma 0-2, USF 2-2. Away Record: Sonoma 1-0, USF 1-1. Neutral Record: Sonoma 0-0, USF 0-0. Conference Record: Sonoma 0-0, USF 0-0.
GAME NOTES: The San Francisco Dons are the host school for the 2013 Golden Gate Challenge, and they will open tournament action on Wednesday night against the Sonoma State Seawolves.
Illinois State and Vermont are the other teams in this event, and each will play the other, with the tournament coming to an end on Saturday.
Sonoma State, which plays its basketball out of the California Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, is 1-2 on the young season. The Seawolves dropped a couple of narrow decision at Dominican (80-78) and Fresno Pacific (68-65), but then put a tally in the win column by knocking off visiting Notre Dame de Namur on Nov. 20 (70-57).
San Francisco has split its first six games, and its most recent outing took place on Sunday at nationally-ranked Oregon. While the Dons fell to the Ducks in that one, 100-82, it marked the fifth time they had gone over the 80-point mark. USF will open West Coast Conference play at the University of Portland on Dec. 28.
Sonoma State is averaging 71.0 ppg behind typical shooting efforts of .475 overall, but only .306 from 3-point range. Defensively, the club is yielding 68.3 ppg, with foes converting 45.7 percent of their total shots, which includes a 31.9 percent showing from beyond the arc. Sterling Arterberry is netting 15.7 ppg, hitting an even 50 percent of his total shots, while Brandon Glanz (15.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Justin Herold (13.0 ppg) and James Davis (10.3 ppg) round out the unit's double-digit scorers. Arterberry came close to logging a double-double in the recent win over Notre Dame de Namur, tallying 19 points and nine rebounds, as the Seawolves drained 51.1 percent of their field goal tries, with 8-of-17 3-point attempts finding the bottom of the net.
The Dons have been one of the top offensive teams in the country through the first few weeks of the season, averaging 87.2 ppg in hitting 47.9 percent of their field goal attempts, which includes a 37.9 percent showing from 3-point range. Unfortunately, they permit the opposition far too many open looks at the basket, resulting in shooting percentages of .520 overall and .452 from beyond the arc -- all of which culminates in the team giving up 83.0 ppg. A total of six guys presently average at least 10.0 ppg, led by Kruize Pinkins at 15.0 ppg. In addition to his scoring prowess, Pinkins comes off the bench to deliver 5.8 rpg, helping USF to a +3.3 edge on the glass. Mark Tollefson is the top scorer among the starters with his 14.2 ppg, and Cole Dickerson proves his worth at both ends of the court by netting 11.7 ppg and grabbing 8.5 rpg. Cody Doolin (13.0 ppg, 7.0 apg) was the team's primary playmaker, but it was just announced that he will miss the remainder of the season to deal with some personal issues. He had started 103 consecutive games prior to sitting out the last two, and poured in a career-high 33 points in the Dons' narrow loss to Nevada earlier this season.
Expect the Seawolves to put up a fight, but for the Dons, even without their veteran floor general, to push past the .500 mark with another big offensive effort.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: San Francisco 90, Sonoma State 69
11/27 10:39:20 ET
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