Cal St.-Hayward 40, San Francisco 80
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Dior Lowhorn scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the first half as San Francisco rolled to an easy 80-40 victory over Division III Cal State East Bay on Saturday.
Lowhorn dominated in the paint against the smaller Pioneers, grabbing six rebounds on the evening and scoring 12 points during a 35-10 first-half run that put the Dons firmly in control.
Reserve guard Christian Hernandez, who had scored only 10 points in USF’s first 14 games, more than doubled that total by scoring a career-high 14 against the Pioneers. He converted all four of his 3-pointers and added a career-high seven rebounds and two steals for the Dons (8-7), who finished their nonconference schedule by breaking a three-game losing streak.
Shea Frazee had 12 points to lead the Pioneers (5-5), who hit 10 3-pointers but missed 23 of 26 attempts from inside the arc.
USF, playing at home for the first time since Dec. 6, shot a season-high 60.4 percent from the floor, 57.1 on 3-pointers, and converted 17 Cal State East Bay turnovers into 24 points to move to 5-0 at War Memorial Gym.
Manny Quezada tallied 12 points, three assists and two steals for the Dons. Angelo Caloiaro had 11 points and five boards and Hyman Taylor grabbed a season-high seven rebounds.
Cal State East Bay pulled to within 47-33 early in the second half after knocking down 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions. But Lowhorn responded with his first post-intermission bucket, a 15-foot turnaround jumper, to start a 27-2 run that included a scoreless stretch of nearly 8 1/2 minutes for the visitors.
The Pioneers were held to 25.0 percent shooting from the floor and those problems spilled over to the free-throw line, where they hit just four of 12 attempts.
USF opens West Coast Conference play Friday at home against San Diego.