SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- Armondo Surratt scored 16 points
and had five assists to lead five San Francisco players in double
figures, helping the Dons to a 74-64 win over New Mexico State in a
first-round game of the USF Invitational on Friday night.
Alan Wiggins and Jerome Gumbs added 12 points apiece while Jason
Wallace-Carter had 11 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six
assists for San Francisco (3-5).
The Dons will play Cal State-Fullerton on Saturday for the
tournament championship. The Titans defeated Chicago State 88-80
San Francisco led throughout the second half but couldn't shake
the pesky Aggies, who trailed by nine before making a run at the
Dons. Ted Knauber's fifth 3-pointer of the game pulled New Mexico
State within 59-52 with 7:11 remaining, but the Aggies made just
three shots over the next six minutes and were forced to foul.
Surratt then hit four free throws while Gumbs and Shiller made
two each over the final 41 seconds to seal the win for San
Knauber and Tyrone Nelson scored 15 points apiece to lead New
Mexico State (2-4). Nelson also had a season-high 12 rebounds for
his third double-double this year.
The Dons led 36-32 at halftime but took control of the game with
tight defense, holding the Aggies without a field goal for the
first five minutes of the second half. New Mexico missed its first
five shots of the second half and committed three turnovers while
falling behind 47-38.
The Aggies kept coming at the Dons, however, and pulled within
52-49 on a pair of free throws from Shaun Davis with 8:39 remaining
in the game. That was the closest New Mexico State would get.
Elijah Ingram, who had 14 points, made two 3-pointers in the
final 1:20, but San Francisco was perfect from the free throw line,
going 6-for-6 in the last 41 seconds.
Shiller finished with 10 points for the Dons.
San Francisco led most of the first half but fell behind 31-30
when Nelson stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a
dunk with 3:03 left. Surratt's 18-foot jumper put the Dons back on
top, then Wallace-Carter scored on a three-point play to help San
Francisco take the halftime lead.
Wallace-Carter had nine points, five rebounds and four assists
in the first half.