Quezada, Lowhorn lead San Francisco past Utah Valley, 69-64
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Manny Quezada scored 26 points, including four free throws in the final 14.6 seconds, to lead San Francisco to a 69-64 win over Utah Valley on Wednesday night.
Dior Lowhorn added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Dons (3-3), who led the entire second half but had to survive a late run by the Wolverines.
San Francisco led 65-55 on Danny Cavic’s 3-pointer with 1:57 left to play, but Utah Valley cut the gap in half behind five straight points by Ryan Toolson. Toolson made two free throws and a 3-pointer—his first in eight attempts— before Jordan Brady made a pair of free throws to pull the Wolverines within 65-62 with 49 seconds remaining.
A charging call against Quezada gave Utah Valley a chance to possibly tie, but Joe Walker missed on a driving layup attempt, and the Dons closed out the game from the free throw line.
Jabir Jenna came off the bench with 19 points and Jordan Brady had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead Utah Valley in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Wolverines and Dons will play again in Utah on Dec. 31.
Utah Valley is still in its Division I infancy. The school was a junior college before making the unprecedented jump to Division I in 2003 and is still under provisional status by the NCAA, meaning the Wolverines are ineligible to compete in the postseason until 2009.
Jinna came off the bench to spark Utah Valley in the first half, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers and hitting all four of his shots as the Wolverines led 20-12 early. San Francisco, which missed 14 of its first 19 shots from the floor, trailed 29-23 following Richard Troyer’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left when Quezada took over.
In his second year with the Dons after transferring from Rutgers, Quezada made a 3-pointer then sank four straight free throws during a 9-0 run to close out the first half and give San Francisco a 32-29 halftime lead.