With its following three games on the road against San Diego, St. Mary’s and Gonzaga, USF might have overlooked Portland on Thursday night.
Overlooked the Pilots? No. Overwhelmed the Pilots? Absolutely.
The Dons simply took care of business. They led by as many as 30 and handed Portland its seventh straight loss in an 83-61 romp on the Hilltop.
Forward/center Matt McCarthy came off the bench to score a game- and career-high 20 points. Using deft post moves, McCarthy went 8-for-9 from the floor.
That makes for back-to-back excellent games for the senior from Melbourne, Australia. McCarthy scored 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting in the Dons’ 82-63 win over BYU on Saturday.
Senior point guard Frankie Ferrari had two points in the first 19 minutes Thursday but finished with 18. He went 7-for-10 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. All of his 3s came in the second half.
The Dons (17-3, 5-1 WCC) also got 10 points apiece from Charles Minlend and Nate Renfro.
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Marcus Shaver Jr. led the Pilots (7-14, 0-6) with 13 points.
Five minutes into the game, the Dons led 9-8. Jamaree Bouyea then fed McCarthy for a layup on which he got fouled.
McCarthy missed the ensuing free-throw try, but Nate Renfro grabbed the rebound. Jordan Ratinho followed with a three-point attempt from the right side that was off the mark.
From the left side, Renfro measured the miss. He rose, then rose some more, and hammered home the follow despite getting fouled by Tahirou Diabate.
A springy 6-foot-7 forward, Renfro has left his mark on the USF highlight reels over the past 3½ seasons. That play might rank as his most crowd-pleasing.
The four-point possession ignited a 16-2 run that put the Dons firmly in control.
Remu Raitanen capped the stretch with a 3-pointer to make it 25-10.
The Dons led 42-21 at the break as Ferrari connected on two layups in the final minute. The first was on a breakaway after a nice outlet pass from McCarthy. The second was on a drive with two seconds left.
Ferrari had six points in the opening half. He began the second half by scoring the Dons’ first nine points, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Briefly: The Dons have beaten Portland seven straight times and have won 10 of the past 11 meetings. … Portland’s lone lead of the night was 4-3. … The Dons came into Thursday with a NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) ranking of 42. The Pilots were at 320.
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