Hoops Season Ends at WCC Tourney
Men's basketball has season ended after USF goes on 20-4 run to pull away in competitive first round game in WCC tournament.
March 7, 2008
San Diego, CA - After Orlando Johnson set the all-time freshman scoring record with a three-point play and then dished to junior Marko Deric for a three-pointer that saw Loyola Marymount close to within a pair, San Francisco went on a damaging 20-4 run as they claimed a 79-60 win in the first round of the 2008 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.
Johnson finished the game with 19 points and five rebounds to set the all-time freshman record in scoring while tying the rebound mark. He finishes his rookie season with 383 points and 152 rebounds. The points break Luther Philyaw's record of 379 set in 1973 while tying Andy Osborn's record of 152 rebounds in 2002.
He was joined in double figures by sophomore Shawn Deadwiler with 13 and freshman Tim Diederichs with 10 points and five rebounds. Diederichs finishes his first season in the top-10 with Johnson as he finishes with 299 points to rank seventh and ninth with 106 rebounds.
USF's Dior Lowhorn, a first-team All-WCC selection, went for 26 points and nine rebounds to lead all players. Manny Quezada added 24 points, including 19 in the second half as USF advances to play Santa Clara in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Lions finish their 2007-08 season at 5-26.
The game was tight through-out the first half as it featured five lead changes, including the Lions taking a 31-30 on a runner by Quentin Turner. USF scored the final four points of the half to take a 34-31 lead into the locker room.
LMU came out in the second half and started with a 5-0 run to take a 36-34 lead on Corey Counts' jumper. After a pair of Quezada free throws, the Lions took a 38-36 lead on a Johnson lay-in. IT would be the Lions' final lead. USF went on an 8-0 surge that was part of a 15-3 run capped by more Quezada free throws with 12:46 to play.
However, the Lions continued inspired play and did not go away. Down 51-41, the Lions closed to 51-46 on three free throws from Deadwiler with 11:24 to play. After Quezada's three-pointer, Johnson set the all-time freshman scoring record with a three-point play, making the score 54-49 at the 10:43 mark.
The Lions weren't done. After a steal by Johnson, he found Marko Deric at the top of the key and he hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 54-52 with 9:51 to play. However, USF would close the half outscoring the Lions 25-8, including a 20-4 stretch over 7:07 to take over the game.
USF finished the game shooting 53.6 percent while the Lions hit just 32.8 percent. LMU finished with 15 turnovers, 10 of them coming in the second half. USF had just 11 as they outscored LMU 15-4 off turnovers.
Senior Jon Ziri and Chris Kanne finished their career's at LMU. Ziri finished the game with three steals, giving him 54 this season and 139 in his career. He finishes his career ranked 10th all-time in steals, replacing Jim Williamson. In addition, his 113 games played ranks seventh all-time.