By Mary Harvill, exclusive to West Coast Convo
It was an easy win for USF Wednesday against their California neighbor Notre Dame de Namurs, based in Belmont. Dons Head Coach Rex Walters had the ability to try different player combinations on the court. The Argonauts had the chance to play up against a talent rich WCC team in preparation for their regular season games in the Pacific West Conference. This game marked Rex Walter’s 100th win at USF.
Kruize Pinkins was a scoring machine ending the night with a double double – 26 points and 13 rebounds. Notre Dame’s leading scorers were Jalen Young and Don Washington with 10 points each.
The Dons took the lead right from the beginning of the game (which will count as an exhibition game for the Argonauts; a regular season game for USF) and never looked back. Notre Dame demonstrated some bright spots in the play of Jalen Young and James Northup but early season games like these are glorified scrimmages designed to replicate real game elements with refs, the clock, and a few media timeouts. The scoring difference could have been much worse (like the Gonzaga vs. Saint Joseph’s match up.)
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USF continued to fine tune guard combinations. Tim Derksen contributed 11 points to the scoring total. Matt Glover contributed no points yet collected 3 fouls. Corey Hilliard finished with 5 points. Mark Tollefson finished the night with 10 points and 5 rebounds.
The Dons leave the Golden State to head to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida which starts on November 24th where they will open play against the University of Hawaii . USF is in the same bracket with Marist and Florida Gold Coast University (hey, remember those guys from the NCAA tournament two years ago?) so the second game of the tournament could be quite interesting.