USF’s leading scorer, Cole Dickerson ’14
had a game-high
24 points in the Dons’ first-round loss to LSU.
The team tied for second in the West Coast Conference (WCC), where its record was even better. USF won 13 of 18 WCC games, the most since Bill Cartwright ’79 led the squad to a conference title in 1976–77.
Head Coach Rex Walters was named the WCC’s Coach of the Year, making him the first USF Men’s Basketball coach to win the title since Pete Barry in 1980–81.
“This is just the beginning of something very special for San Francisco Dons basketball,” said Walters. “I loved how hard our guys competed every single game. They raised the bar this season. Next season, I think we could be even better.”
The Dons will miss graduating senior Cole Dickerson ’14, a forward who led the team in scoring and rebounding this season. He averaged 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game and was named to the 2014 All-WCC first team for the second consecutive year. Teammates Kruize Pinkins ’15 and Avry Holmes ’16 received honorable mentions.
In the first round of the NIT, Dickerson scored a team high 24 points in USF’s first-ever matchup with Louisiana State University. Exuberant fans packed War Memorial Gymnasium for the March 19 game, but their ear-splitting cheers couldn’t stop LSU from finishing on top 71–63.