01/03/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/03/2018 19:32
Portland Pilots (6-9, 0-2 WCC) vs. San Diego Toreros (9-6, 2-0 WCC)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Portland, Ore. (Chiles Center)
Television: ROOT Sports NW, NBC Sports Bay Area+
Radio: 910 ESPN-Portland
Tickets: PortlandPilots.com/Tickets, (503) 943-Go-UP
Series: USD leads 52-31 (H: 16-24, A: 12-26, N: 3-2)
Last Meeting: Pilots 60, San Diego 55 (March 3, 2017 at Orleans Arena - Las Vegas)
University of Portland continues West Coast Conference play at home against the San Diego Toreros on Thursday at 7 p.m., before traveling to face the Santa Clara Broncos on the road Saturday at 7 p.m. Adult single game tickets start for Thursday's game start at $10, while kids 6th grade and younger will get free admission. Visit PortlandPilots.com/Tickets and call or text (503) 943-Go-UP for more ticket information.
Thursday's game will have television coverage on ROOT Sports Northwest with Tom Glasgow and Francis Williams on the call. All Pilot games will have live radio coverage on 910 ESPN-Portland (KMTT) beginning 30 minutes prior to tip-off with play-by-play voice Jason Swygard on the call.
• Portland dropped its first two WCC games with a road loss at BYU (69-45) on Thursday and home defeat against San Francisco (84-61) on Saturday. The Pilots recorded a season-low in scoring and FG percentage (.293) against BYU, while rebounding was an issue against the Dons as UP was outrebounded by a 51-23 margin.
• The Pilots feature one of the youngest teams in the nation as four freshmen, two sophomores and two seniors make up the primary rotation.
• The two seniors in the rotation have risen up the UP charts this season. Senior C Philipp Hartwich broke the school career record for blocked shots earlier this year. He is leading the WCC in blocks per game (2.9) and his 44 swats this year are already sixth in single-season school history. Hartwich also ranks fourth in the league in rebounds (8.9).
• Senior G D'Marques Tyson moved into second place in UP history for career three-pointers made (215) after burying five triples at Sacramento State on Dec. 21.
• Sophomore G/F Josh McSwiggan is leading the Pilots in scoring at 13.4 points per game and has reached double figures 11 times thus far.
• Portland has been on fire from three-point range this season. The Pilots are second in the WCC in three-point percentage (.399) and threes made per game (9.5). UP is ranked No. 29 nationally in percentage and No. 51 in threes made. Four Pilots are among the Top 10 in the WCC individually in three-point percentage led by McSwiggan (4th, .460).
• Terry Porter's 2017 recruiting class was ranked No. 10 nationally by HoopScoop. The class was the highest rated in the WCC and No. 2 nationally among mid-majors. Nine newcomers comprised the class with seven freshmen and two junior college transfers.
• Portland has a diverse roster featuring players from 13 different states or countries. There are three native Oregonians, but no other state or territory with more than one player on the roster. Internationally, Portland has players from Mali, New Zealand, Germany and England.
• The Pilots signed 6-8 post Josh Phillips (Huntington Beach, Calif.) to a NLI during the early signing period.
• Portland took an August foreign tour to England and went 3-1 on the trip. The Pilots defeated 2017 British Basketball League runner-up Newcastle on a buzzer-beater by Franklin Porter, dropped a buzzer beater to BBL Champions Leicester, and posted two comfortable wins against academy teams.
• Xavier Hallinan returned to the Portland roster over winter break. Hallinan was a walk-on for two years and played significant minutes down the stretch last season, starting the last six games. He will sit out this season, but can practice with the team.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO
• The Toreros (11-3, 2-0 WCC) have been the surprise team of the league this season and opened with home wins over San Francisco (73-63) and Pepperdine (74-66) last week to open conference play.
• San Diego posted notable non-conference wins against Grand Canyon, Colorado, New Mexico State and San Jose State. The team's three losses came against San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and North Texas.
• The Toreros have received big production from transfers Isaiah Pineiro (Portland State) and Isaiah Wright (Utah). Pineiro is averaging 14.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, while Wright adds 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game. Returners Olin Carter III (12.9) and Tyler Williams (10.2) are also averaging double figures.
• USD leads the all-time series against the Pilots by a 52-31 margin. Last year the Toreros swept the regular season meetings, but UP won in the WCC Tournament first round by a 60-55 margin at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
• Head coach Lamont Smith is in his third year at the helm of the Toreros and led USD to a 13-18 overall record and 6-12 mark in WCC play.
HARTWICH SETS RECORD, CONTINUES BREAKOUT SEASON
Senior C Philipp Hartwich broke the school career record for blocked shots on Dec. 19 against Hartford. The Cologne, Germany native swatted three attempts and passed former teammate Thomas van der mars (121, 2011-15) for the top spot on the charts. He now has 131 and counting. Hartwich averaged 1.4 points and 3.0 rebounds through his first three years on The Bluff, but is averaging 6.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots this year. He has recorded his first three career double-doubles (10 pts, 18 rebs vs. Portland State; 10 pts, 10 rebs vs. Walla Walla; 12 points, 10 rebounds vs. Multnomah), leads the WCC in blocked shots, and is fourth in rebounding.
Portland is second in the WCC in three-point percentage (.399) and three-pointers made per game (9.5). Those numbers rank 29th and 51st nationally, respectively. The Pilots have made nine or more triples in 10 of 15 games this year. Four Pilots are in the top 10 of the WCC, led by Josh McSwiggan (4th, .460). D'Marques Tyson is sixth (.442), Franklin Porter is eighth (.431) and JoJo Walker is ninth (.429).
The Pilots feature one of the youngest rosters in the nation. Portland has 10 underclassmen with eight freshmen and two sophomores. The freshmen backcourt of JoJo Walker and Marcus Shaver Jr. have come on strong of late. Walker has started all 15 games and scored a season-high 18 points against Hartford. He is averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 assists over the last seven games. Shaver moved into the starting lineup for the last eight games. He has scored 15 or more points six times this season.
McSWIGGAN OFF TO FAST START
Josh McSwiggan has led the Pilots in scoring seven times this year, reached double figures in 12 of 15 games, and is averaging a team-high 13.4 points per game. The Loughborough, England native had a circuitous route to Portland. After committing to UTEP and sitting out his freshman season, he transferred to Casper College (Wyoming) and had a solid 2016-17 campaign. Portland assistant coach Bob Cantu, who recruited McSwiggan to UTEP, kept in touch helped garner his commitment to the Pilots. McSwiggan was then able to return to his roots and play in his hometown in front of friends and family when Portland took a foreign tour to England in August.
Freshman PG JoJo Walker is from Puerto Rico and still has many family and friends that have been impacted by the hurricane season. Walker left Puerto Rico to gain greater basketball exposure and opportunities when he was a freshman in high school and settled in Santa Maria, Calif. What was originally supposed to be a short stint, but he developed such a connection with his host family and friends that he ended up staying all four years at St. Joseph High School. Despite only getting back to Puerto Rico a couple weeks per year, Walker's entire biological family still calls Carolina, Puerto Rico home. His mother, father, and grandfather were able to get off the island and visit JoJo in Portland in early October and were also at the PK80 Tournament, along with his Santa Maria, Calif. host family. The Pilots were able to use the NCAA Natural Disaster Exemption to host an exhibition game against Eastern Washington on Oct. 29 that raised nearly $3,000 for Red Cross efforts benefitting Puerto Rico relief.
DIVERSE ROSTER WITH INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
Portland has a diverse roster featuring players from 13 different states or countries. There are three native Oregonians, but no other state or territory with more than one player on the roster. Internationally, Portland has players from Mali, New Zealand, Germany and England. States represented include Hawaii, Arizona, California, South Carolina, Ohio, Idaho, Washington and the US territory of Puerto Rico. Freshman Tahirou Diabate is from Mali, but has lived in France, the Canary Islands, and Japan and speaks five languages: Bambara (native), English, French, Spanish and Japanese.
TYSON CLIMBING UP CHARTS
Senior G D'Marques Tyson is the leading returning scorer for the Pilots after averaging 8.5 points per game a year ago. Tyson, a three-point specialist, ranks second all-time in three-pointers made at Portland (215). He passed Casey Frandsen (211, 2000-04) after drilling five three-pointers against Sacramento State on Dec. 21 and now trails only Jared Stohl (336, 2007-11). Tyson is also No. 6 in career three-point percentage (.411).
IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY
Sophomore G Franklin Porter and freshman G Malcolm Porter are both coming off of redshirt seasons and in 2017. Franklin transferred to UP after playing one season at Saint Mary's, while Malcolm signed with the Pilots after graduating from Jesuit High School. Both players are also sons of Portland head coach Terry Porter.
RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 10
Terry Porter put together a nine-player 2017 recruiting class that one publication has been ranked as the No. 10 in the nation. In his first full recruiting cycle, Porter and his staff were recognized by HoopScoop.com to have the top class in the WCC and No. 2 class nationally among mid-major schools. Three of those newcomers will redshirt the 2017-18 season - Crisshawn Clark due to NCAA transfer rules after coming to Portland from Pitt, Takiula Fahrensohn is coming off of knee surgery, and Hugh Hogland is redshirting to focus on development.
ENGLAND FOREIGN TOUR IN AUGUST
Portland went on a foreign tour to England in August and finished with a 3-1 record. The Pilots defeated 2017 British Basketball League runner-up Newcastle on a buzzer-beater by Franklin Porter, dropped a buzzer beater to BBL Champions Leicester, and comfortable defeated a pair of academy teams during the trip. In addition to the games and tours in London, the team was able to get 10 extra days of practice on campus. Visit PortlandPilots.com/LondonTour for complete details on the trip.
PK80 HIGHLIGHTS 2017-18 SCHEDULE
The Pilots will play a total of 15 regular season home games at the Chiles Center, and also took part in the prestigious PK80 Invitational hosted at the Rose Quarter over Thanksgiving Weekend. Portland faced defending NCAA champion North Carolina, Oklahoma and DePaul at the marquee event.
PILOTS INK ATHLETIC BIG DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Portland signed Josh Phillips (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS) to a NLI on the first day of the early signing period, head coach Terry Porter announced. Phillips (6-8, 190) will join the Pilots as a freshman in the fall of 2018. Porter and the Portland coaching staff targeted a 2018 post this summer and Phillips caught the staff's attention immediately. He earned All-Sunset League First Team honors and helped Edison post a 23-5 overall record and 9-1 mark in the Sunset League. The team advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section 2017 Boys Basketball Division I-AA Championships. 'Josh impressed us with his ability to make multiple effort plays consistently as we evaluated him in the recruiting process,' Porter said. 'He has good size, length and athleticism, a great motor, and the tremendous desire to defend and rebound. His shot blocking ability will translate right away and he is always doing the little things that helps winning programs. He will bring a unique skillset to our frontline next year.'
PILOTS IN THE PROS
A total of 11 former Pilots are currently playing professionally overseas: Alec Wintering(Araberri, Spain), Ray Barreno (Panteras de Aguascalientes, Mexico), Thomas van der Mars (Kalev/Cramo Tallinn, Estonia), Volodymyr Gerun (FC Barcelona B, Spain), Bryce Pressley (Palencia, Spain), Nemanja Mitrovic (Araberri, Spain), Nik Raivio(Legnano, Italy), TJ Campbell (Turk Telekom, Turkey), Luke Sikma (ALBA Berlin, German), Taishi Ito (Toyota Alvark, Japan) and Pooh Jeter (Tianjin Gold Lions, China).