San Francisco 77, UC Irvine 44
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ M.J. Nodilo and John Duggan scored 18 points each as San Francisco ran away from winless UC Irvine in the second half and beat the Anteaters 77-44 Saturday night.
The Anteaters (0-9) have lost their games by an average of 28 points, and have a 12-game losing streak dating back to last season.
It hardly mattered that San Francisco’s leading scorer, Hakeem Ward, had one of his least productive games of the season with just 10 points. Everybody else on the Dons was on a roll.
Before Saturday, USF (5-7) had not held an opponent to fewer than 60 points. The Dons broke a three-game losing streak.
Leading 33-21 at intermission, USF outscored Irvine 11-2 over a four-minute stretch of the second half to take command.
Gerald Zimmerman hit a pair of 3-pointers during the streak, and Nodilo’s free throw after Irvine’s bench was called for a technical foul put San Francisco up 50-31 with 11:13 to play.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Nodilo and Zimmerman and two free throws from Nodilo topped a 14-1 run for a 64-34 San Francisco lead with 6:08 remaining, completing a span over which the Dons outscored the Anteaters 29-5.
Lamarr Parker, with 10 points, was the only Anteater to reach double figures.
Irvine hung tough early, pulling to within 27-21 after a Juma Jackson 3-pointer with 2:34 remaining.
But San Francisco scored the last six points of the half, Nodilo driving for one basket and then hitting a pull-up jumper to cap a 10-point half and give the Dons a 33-21 lead.