Griz suffer poor shooting night in 78-68 road loss to USF Dons

Mike Weisner

Mike Weisner

Nov. 30, 2012

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Junior forward Cole Dickerson scored 19 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to lead the host University of San Francisco Dons to a 78-68 victory over The University of Montana Grizzlies Friday night in USF's War Memorial Gym.

USF improved to 4-1 overall, while the Grizzlies evened their record to 3-3.

Montana, which trailed by six points (30-24) at halftime, got with-in five points on three occasions in second half, with the last one, 63-58, coming with 3:39 remaining on a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Jordan Gregory.

However, the Dons of the West Coast Conference out-scored the Grizzlies 9-0 after Gregory's charity shots, and when junior guard De'End Parker made one-of-two free throws, USF took a commanding 72-58 lead with 1:16 left to play.

"Our number one problem is that we don't have any communication," said Griz head coach Wayne Tinkle on his post-game radio interview on KGVO Radio. "We had some guys playing really hard and really smart, but we had some guys who struggled too. Preseason is preparation for conference, and we just need to communicate better and learn from our mistakes.

"We kept battling to the end, but we did not play very good defense," Tinkle said. "This is a humbling road trip (UM lost 85-60 to BYU in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 28), but I've been involved in worse. We need to develop a lot more consistency and toughness before we get into conference play."

Montana led three times in the contest, but all of those leads were in the opening half. UM's last lead in the contest was 22-21 when Gregory hit a jump shot with 6:23 left until intermission. The Dons regained the lead for good on the next possession on a three-point shot by freshman guard Tim Derksen, making 24-22 USF with 6:01 to go until halftime.

Jamar registered his fifth career double-double and led the Grizzlies with a season and game-high 21 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Also in double figures for UM were Gregory and sophomore forward Mike Weisner, with 14 and 12 points, which are career-highs for each player.

The Grizzlies once again played without starting senior point guard Will Cherry, who has missed UM's first six games after suffering a foot injury in late September. Tinkle said that he hopes Cherry can begin light workouts next week.

Also out of action was starting junior center Eric Hutchison, who sprained his ankle earlier this week and has now missed the Grizzlies' last two games. True freshman center Andy Martin started in Hutchison's place and scored 2 points in 7 minutes of action.

Derksen made 7-of-8 shots from the field to score 18 points, and he was one of four USF players to score 14 or more points.

Montana made just 22-of-59 (37.3%) shots from the field and 10-of-23 (43,5%) three pointers, and connected on 14-of-16 (87.5%) free throws. USF was 26-of-52 (50%) from the floor, made 5-of-9 treys, but struggled from the charity stripe, going 21-of-37 (56.8%). The Dons out-rebounded the Griz 42-33.

The Grizzlies are back in action Saturday, Dec. 8, hosting Carroll College. USF hosts St. John's on Tuesday, Dec. 4.



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