"We miss that guy," guard Nick Emery said. "That dude is a heck of a leader. He knows exactly what to say. He is positive. … Guys get injured, and you've got to adjust. But it is tough. We have LJ's back and we know he has ours, and we are just praying that he has a full recovery and gets back."
Dastrup's big day
Freshman Payton Dastrup played a career-high 12 minutes against Pepperdine on Thursday after playing only 14 total minutes in the eight games before the Cougars lost 99-83 to the Waves. Dastrup scored a career-high five points and made the third 3-pointer of his career.
"Payton has practiced hard all year and deserves an opportunity to play and see what he can do in a game, and I think he's [done] lot of things that we have challenged him to do, and he's been really accountable to all those things," coach Dave Rose said. "We will get him some time and see how it goes."
Guinn gets more time
Junior Davin Guinn, the transfer from UC Riverside, has also seen more minutes lately. Guinn played a career-high 31 minutes against Pepperdine and register eight rebounds and three assists, which were also career highs.
Guinn earned a basketball scholarship last summer, but was prepared to receive an academic scholarship, having worked hard on his grades since returning from a church mission to Mexico.
It was Senior Night on the Hilltop as San Francisco played its final home game at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Dons' only senior is Ronnie Boyce, a reserve guard who comes off the bench but leads the team in scoring with a 14.4 average. …. Officials were Tom Spitznagel, Ryan Holmes and Jeremy Dente.