Mark Tollefsen had 21 points and Tim Derksen added 19 points as the USF men's basketball team took control early to cruise to a 67-45 win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday.
Tollefsen had two 3-pointers and Kruize Pinkins added another in a 15-0 run that gave the Dons (11-16, 5-10 West Coast Conference) a 31-8 lead at the 7:46 mark of the first half. It was 39-20 at the break with the Dons shooting 57 percent with six 3s and the Lions 32, going 0-6 behind the arc. Tollefsen had 15 points and Derksen 11.
Pinkins had 12 points and Devin Watson added 11 with six assists for the Dons. Godwin Okonji had 22 points for the Lions (8-20, 4-12). He shot 6 of 13 from the field while his teammates were 8 of 34 and went 10 of 12 from the line.
Tollefsen had 10 rebounds as the Dons had a 41-27 advantage on the boards.
USF 87, LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 75
Senior Aundrea Gordon scored a career-high 20 points to pace five Dons in double figures as USF (15-11, 6-9 WCC) beat the Lions (4-23, 2-14) at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Taylor Proctor added five points, Anna Seilund 14, Taj Winston 13 and Zhane Dikes 10 for the Dons, who guaranteed their first .500 season since the 2001-02 season. It was also the 10th home victory for USF, a feat accomplished only twice since 2000.
Leslie Lopez-Wood had a game-high 25 points to pace Loyola Marymount.— Staff, wire report