As the 2009-10 season men’s basketball season approaches, BYUCougars.com continues to preview each of the Cougars’ opponents. Today’s preview-San Francisco.
San Francisco faces BYU up north in Salt Lake City, hosted by EnergySolutions Arena. EnergySolutions will be home to the West Regional third and fourth rounds of the NCAA Tournament in March.
San Francisco was not known for its performances on the road last season, dropping 13 of 16 games overall. Conversely, BYU is content not to go to the Dons’ home arena—the Cougars lost their last game at San Francisco in 2002 by double digits after winning their first eight of nine games to start the season.
Former Kansas and NBA player Rex Winters is beginning his sophomore season at San Francisco. Under his watch, the Dons recorded their first winning non-conference season since 2004-05. All but one player on this year’s roster are already recruits found by Winters as San Francisco looks to climb up in the WCC standings.
Player to Watch
Dior Lowhorn, F, Sr., 6-7, 230
Lowhorn was named First Team West Coast Conference for the second year in a row, averaging 20.1 points per game. Lowhorn also led the Dons in rebounds per game (6.9) in addition to top team marks in what are normally two opposite categories—total three-pointers (38) and blocks (17).
Other Key Players
Blake Wallace, F
Kwame Vaughn, G
Dontae Bryant, G
A win would be a landmark victory for Walters and his program. BYU, 2-1 in at ESA in the past three years, will be the overwhelming home team in a place they could return to three months later.
Dons at a Glance
|Head Coach ||Rex Walters |
|At Weber State ||2nd year / 11-19 |
|2008-09 Record ||11-19 overall, 3-11 West Coast |
|Home/Road/Neutral ||7-5, 3-13, 1-1 |
|Starters Ret/Lost ||4/1 |
|Lettermen Ret/Lost ||6/5 |
2008-09 Team Stats
|Points/Game ||67.7 |
|Points Allowed/Game ||70.4 |
|Field Goal % ||.433 |
|Opponent FG % ||.454 |
|Rebounds/Game ||32.0 |
|Assists/Game ||12.5 |
|Steals/Game ||5.3 |
|Blocks/Game ||2.1 |
Returning Stat Leaders
|Points/Game ||Dior Lowhorn, 20.1 |
|Rebounds/Game ||Dior Lowhorn, 6.9 |
|Assists/Game ||Dontae Bryant, 3.1 |
|Steals ||Dontae Bryant, 39 |
|Blocks ||Dior Lowhorn, 17 |
|Three-pointers ||Dior Lowhorn, 38 |