March 20, 2011
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(Honolulu, HI) USF overcame a huge deficit and ice cold shooting to post one of the program's most thrilling and unlikely victories with a 77-74 triumph against Hawaii Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in the second round of the 2011 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Dons (19-14) advance to face ancient Bay Area rival Santa Clara Tuesday night in the quarterfinals at War Memorial Gym.Freshman guard Cody Doolin was magical at the end for the Dons. With USF trailing by three, 74-69, the Texan made back-to-back slashing lay-ups to give the Green and Gold its first lead since a 2-0 advantage in the opening minute, 75-74 with seven seconds remaining. Junior guard Rashad Green iced the game with a pair of free throws after a Hawaii turnover.UH held a seven point lead, 73-66 with 82 seconds remaining, but could not hold on. It is the second straight win for San Francisco against Hawaii (19-13) in the islands in the first ever postseasons contest between the two teams.Junior guard Rashad Green powered the Dons with a monster night. The All-West Coast Conference selection posted his fourth double-double of the season with 22 points, on 7-of-10 from the field to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds.Doolin finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes. Sophomore guard Michael Williams chipped in 11 points, while junior forward Angelo Caloiaro pulled down 11 rebounds with six points. Freshman guard Marko Petrovic added nine points on three 3-pointers."I'm really proud of our guys," USF head coach Rex Walters said. "We fought though a lot of adversity tonight. At the end of the game we really defended and got stops. Even though our shots weren't dropping, we continued to battle and defend. Rashad Green and his will to win lifted us tonight. Cody Doolin made two big lay-ups there at the end."USF shot at a .347 (25-72) clip, .207 (6-29) from deep. The Rainbow Warriors connected at a .483 (28-58) rate, but went just 2-of-12 from beyond the arc (.167). The Dons held a 43-38 rebound advantage, 16-8 on the offensive glass. The Dons took care of business at the free throw line, hitting .875 (21-24) from the foul line. Hawaii shot just .640 (16-25) at the stripe.Now the Dons turn their attention towards Santa Clara, who dispatched Air Force 88-75 Friday night at the Leavey Center. USF swept the regular season series against the Broncos. It will be the first postseason contest between the two clubs."It's hard to beat a team three times, but that is exactly what our focus must be," Walters said. "Santa Clara is a very talented team and they will be ready for us."San Francisco welcomes the Broncos to the Hilltop Tuesday, March 22. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM at War Memorial Gym in a game carried live on the official radio home of Dons Basketball, Green 960.
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SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.
The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.
General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.
“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”
Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.
DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.
Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP.
Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.
“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”
Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”
The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential.
"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."
Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."
Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.