As far as first victories seven games into the season go, this was probably as good as it gets.
Michael Wilder led the charge with 19 points on 7-7 shooting, including 4-4 from 3-point land. Chris McNealy was nearly as good, going 7-8 for 16 points. Will Davis II showed off his athleticism with three dunks on his way to 6-6 shooting from the field and 15 points. Both Adam Folker and Collin Woods had solid games as well, and I could keep on going down the list.
More impressive numbers: 74.2 percent field goal percentage as a team in the first half, 61.9 percent on the night. 29 total assists, second most in school history. A 38-point lead at one point in the second half (85-47).
It is important to note however, that San Diego was missing their best big man, Chris Manresa, who is nearly averaging a double-double. He would have changed the game, as UCI has struggled against physical big men this season.
Other interesting notes: Despite a winning record, USD (4-3) actually had a lower RPI than UCI (1-6) due to their poor strength of schedule … Torero point guard Christopher Anderson was a highly desired Russell Turner recruit at one point … he led USD with 14 points on the night, but probably wished he was on the Anteater sideline instead … Torero freshman Nick Kerr is the son of former Chicago Bulls sharp-shooter Steve Kerr … he followed in his father’s footsteps against UCI, hitting both of his 3-pointers and all three of his shots on the night … Thus far, it seems like Turner and the Anteaters have USD coach Bill Grier’s number … last year, UCI won 90-82, bulding a 16-point lead at one point behind 30 points from Darren Moore.
Saturday’s win was a exemplary display of what can happen when everyone shoots the lights out and the team plays unselfish ball. Let’s hope it wasn’t an outlier in performance for the rest of the season.