RTC Live: St. Mary’s @ San FranciscoPosted by rtmsf on January 8th, 2010
A little Friday night college hoops, anyone? RTC Live will be visiting a historic old gym tonight in an effort to see all the crumbling old beauties before they disappear when we’ll be at the University of San Francisco’s War Memorial Gymnasium for a WCC battle between St. Mary’s and San Francisco. Why is it historic? Well, for you young’uns out there, USF may not be relevant these days, but in the mid-50s with a couple of players by the names of Bill Russell and KC Jones, they were pretty much ridiculous. The Dons won the 1955 and 1956 NCAA titles including a streak of 55 consecutive victories over that span. Nowadays, things have changed, and USF has been relegated to a mid-major program with its ups and downs, but they’re usually good for an upset or two each year when a big-name comes to town and St. Mary’s just might fit the bill. SMC comes into tonight’s game at 13-2 (vs. 5-10 for USF), and Randy Bennett’s team is once again eyeing the WCC championship that starts and ends in Spokane. The Gaels can’t afford to drop games like this if they want to have a shot at the regular season championship. The two players to watch are Omar Samhan (21/11/3 blks) of St. Mary’s, one of the most efficient players in America, and Dior Lowhorn (19/6) of San Francisco, the two-time defending conference scoring leader and two-time first-team all-conference performer in the WCC. We hope you find some time tonight to join us for a little hoops action from the middle of San Francisco.