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Another classic for USD, Ginty

Sierra Scoop
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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It’s been a mostly rough season down in San Diego for Devin Ginty’s basketball team. But it seems like every season in his college career, Ginty’s been a part of at least one very special night. The senior from Colfax High was right in the middle of the action when the USD students stormed the court to celebrate a shocking victory over St. Mary’s. The Gaels, who are probably best college team in California, were ranked No. 23 in the country heading into the game. Ginty is happy to take a backseat in the scoring column this season. He scored just three points against the Gaels, but he passed out nine assists and harassed St. Mary’s star Mickey McConnell all night with his defense. Ginty started at San Diego with coach Bill Grier. Together, they’ve upset ranked teams five times in the past four seasons. The Toreros will need a few more upsets to reach the NCAA Tournament. They are just 6-21 overall and 2-10 in the West Coast Conference with two regular season games remaining before the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. ... Ginty wasn’t the only foothills native to help disturb the top 25 rankings recently. Idaho coach Don Verlin notched a historic win for the Vandals last week. Idaho stunned Utah State 64-56 in an ESPN2-televised game. Verlin’s Vandals have been inconsistent this season, but they’re the only team in the Western Athletic Conference to touch Utah State, which was ranked No. 17 in the nation. A Del Oro High graduate, Verlin has transformed Idaho from a doormat in the WAC to a highly competitive club in just two years. The Vandals have a shot at the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament, though it will be tough. Idaho faces Nevada on Thursday in Reno before a rematch with Utah State on the road.