In front of a raucous crowd at the Hilltop, the San Francisco Dons dropped a heartbreaking loss to the Nevada Wolfpack. Deonte Burton’s 31 points sent 2000 fake mustached fans home in disappointment. Point guard Cody Doolin tried to match Burton but his career-high 33 points was not enough for the Dons to go 3-0.
“Deonte is a pro, you know he is a borderline second round draft pick or free agent who can stick with a team. Deonte is a guy who can take over a game in a lot of different ways. He can do it off pull-ups, he can do it on the line, and he can do it on offensive rebounding,” said head coach Rex Walters after the loss.
3 Lessons Learned
Tao Xu is not ready
Coach Walters tried to experiment with his rotation at the end of the first half by installing sophomore center Tao Xu into the lineup. Unfortunately, Xu looked completely lost during the game. In four minutes of play Xu finished with 0 points, 1 rebound, and 1 turnover. Xu was getting pushed around and he did not use his size to his advantage. It seemed like Xu forgot how to box out and was completely ineffective.
Matt Glover Needs To Keep His Cool
Penn State transfer Matt Glover has shown that he is a tenacious defender so far this year but it also looks like that tenacity gets the best of him sometimes. For the second game in a row, Glover received a technical foul for losing his cool. The Dons can’t afford to lose Glover to foul trouble in big games because he is the Dons best defender. If Glover keeps it up he might start to get a reputation as a hot head which will make him a prime target for unwarranted calls by referees.
Cody Doolin Is a Beast
During the first two games this season Cody Doolin was purely a ball handler who tried to find the open man for an assist. With a deep squad this year it made sense for Doolin to try and get his teammates involved early in the season. However, last night Doolin knew that he had to carry the team offensively. Doolin went 3-4 on three point shots and drove the ball to the rack with ease. Don’t be surprised to see Doolin put up more 30 point nights throughout the season especially against tough opponents like Nevada. Even though the 2013/2014 Dons have depth, this team will only go as far as Cody Doolin takes them.
“Cody does it in a lot of different ways, tonight he did it scoring it as well as creating for teammates. It was a phenomenal effort by Cody, as good as any I’ve seen since I have been here. He had a mentality to try and will us to victory. I am definitely proud of him, there was two great players on the court tonight and Cody was one of them,” explained Rex Walters.
The Dons don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves as they face Idaho State on Monday night at the Hilltop. Hopefully, the young Dons have learned some lessons from the tough loss against the Wolfpack.
“We just got to watch film and see what we did wrong. It’s a long season so we need to just come out with a strong effort on Monday,” said Doolin.