USF Dons MBB: The Dons welcome Arizona State (3-0) to War Memorial Gym on Friday at 6 p.m. for the first of three games this season against Pac-12 opponents. The game, to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, will be a Gold Rush game, with fans encouraged to wear gold.
Last year, the then-No. 20 Sun Devils beat San Francisco by 20 in the desert, but with the emergence of 3-point sniper Jordan Ratinho and the return of dynamic scorer Charles Minlend, not to mention some power down low in Matt McCarthy and Jimbo Lull, all centered on all-conference point guard Frankie Ferrari, the Dons have a chance to make some noise in the rematch.
Minlend — who missed all last year with a torn right labrum — has to be accounted for, and his presence alone should open the floor for Ferrari and Ratinho, who’s averaging over five 3-point makes a game.
“We’re excited,” Ferrari said. “I think the community will rally around us. The game being on a Friday night will draw a great crowd. ASU will travel well. I think it’s going to be sold out. It’s going to be fun.”
Read our full online recap of the Sonoma State game, which includes a more in-depth look ahead at Arizona State.
USF Dons WBB: The Dons blasted San Jose State in the season opener, 85-63, riding an 18-4 second quarter and holding the Spartans to a meager 27.8 shooting percentage (19-of-67). Meanwhile, five USF players scored in double figures, led by senior guard Shannon Powell. The El Paso, Texas native shot 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range for a game-high 17 points, and dished out a game-high seven assists, to boot, to go along with a game-high seven rebounds.
San Francisco State MSOC: Senior Aydan Bowers has been named to the 2018 Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association Men’s Soccer All-West Region First Team as a defender.
The 13 first team members now advance to the national ballot, which will be announced Wednesday, Nov. 28.
A 2017 Second Team selection, Bowers was named the 2018 CCAA Defender of the Year this season, and earned a spot on the All-CCAA First Team for the second time in his career. The senior co-captain started all 17 matches this season, as the Gators went 10-4-3 and were ranked as high as No. 7 in the West Region. SF State reached the postseason for the second season in a row. As the No. 5 seed in the CCAA Championships, the Gators fell to No. 4-seed Cal State San Bernardino, 2-0.
ART U WBB: Working its way to full strength, Academy of Art women’s basketball got its first win of the season, when sophomore forward Lily Perkins led a second half charge toward a 77-65 victory over Western Oregon on Nov. 10. Four Urban Knights scored in double figures as a 24-13 fourth quarter edge helped ART U finish the Veteran’s Day Classic.