To open the 2016-17 season, the San Francisco Dons have looked rather impressive. While a few of their games have been close wins, the Dons have come out on top nonetheless.
Entering Friday night’s tilt against the Lamar Cardinals, the Dons had won three straight on their home floor, and were sitting at a comfortable 5-1 on the year.
As for the Cardinals, they have followed up back-to-back wins with a loss twice already in 2016-17. If the trend was to continue, a win was to be in their future. Coming off a 77-60 loss against the Idaho State Bengals in their last time out, the Cardinals were looking to get back on the winning track.
San Francisco took a six-point lead into halftime, and came out of the gates on fire in the second half. After the Cardinals scored the first two points of the half, the Dons reeled off a 14-0 run to take full control of the game.
The Cardinals weren’t able to recover, and the San Francisco Dons rolled to the 82-63 win on their home floor.
Lamar opened the game with the first two points, as Colton Weisbrod got a layup to fall to draw first blood for the Cardinals.
A 10-2 run for the Dons over the next five-plus minutes gave the home side a six-point cushion. San Francisco would continue to build their lead as the half moved along, but the Cardinals were staying close by.
With 3:00 left in the opening half, Joey Frenchwood hit a jumper to bring the Cardinals back to within a single point, at 29-28. Charles Minlend responded for the Dons, scoring four straight points to push the lead back to five.
San Francisco would lead 36-30 after the opening 20 minutes.
Just like he started the game, Weisbrod got a layup to fall to open the scoring in the second half, drawing the Cardinals to within four points. From there, San Francisco would seize full control of the game, using a 14-0 run to blow the game open.
Junior forward Chase Foster scored 10 of his career-high 20 points during the run, and when all was said and done, the Dons held a 50-32 lead.
After trailing 2-0 early on in the contest, San Francisco never trailed again on Friday night. Following their 14-0 run early in the second half, the San Francisco Dons cruised to the 82-63 win over the Lamar Cardinals.
For the Cardinals, junior forward Colton Weisbrod has continued his strong play to open the 2016-17 season. He scored a game-high 24 points, while going 10-of-18 from the field, and added 8 rebounds in the loss.
Guard Joey Frenchwood added 18 points and 3 rebounds, but committed six turnovers.
It was a more balanced offensive attack for the Dons, as three players scored in double-figures, and six players in total had at least seven points on the night.
Chase Foster led the way, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Jordan Ratinho scored 16 points off the bench, while Charles Minlend chipped in with 10 points of his own.
With the loss, the Lamar Cardinals (4-3, 0-0) lose back-to-back games for the first time in 2016-17. They will look to put an end to their losing streak on Tuesday night, when they take on the DePaul Blue Demons.
The win was the second straight for the San Francisco Dons (6-1, 0-0) after suffering a loss to the Eastern Washington Eagles. They will look to keep their perfect home record intact on Tuesday night, when they welcome the San Francisco State Gators to War Memorial Gymnasium.
– T. Bennett