Jan. 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's basketball team (9-8, 2-0) defeated San Francisco (7-9, 0-3) 70-66 Thursday evening to stay undefeated in WCC play.
Sophomore guard Johnny Dee led the way for the Toreros with 17 points (6-10 shooting) but it was senior guard Cameron Miles who sealed the victory for USD, making four clutch free throws down the stretch and scored all 13 points of his points in the second half. Christopher Anderson chipped in 10 points and Chris Manresa nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
The game started out close and was tied at 17 with 11:57 remaining, but the Dons couldn't keep up with the Toreros hot shooting. USD made eight of their first 10 3-point attempts and opened up a 46-32 lead at halftime behind 60.7% shooting from the field.
The Dons wasted no time cutting into the Toreros double-digit halftime lead and closed the gap to seven points in the first three minutes of the second half. By the 12:14 mark, the Torero lead was down to one as USD clung to a 53-52 lead. However, that would be as close as the Dons would get.
The Dons gave the Toreros a scare late in the game, closing the gap to two points with 27 seconds left. After a USF steal, Cody Doolin had a shot to take the lead with a three from the corner, but it rimmed out and the Dons were forced to foul. Miles knocked down two free throws to put the Toreros up four. Miles was 7-8 from the free-throw line and 4-4 in the final two minutes.
After shooting 60.7% in the first half, the Toreros shot only 28.6% in the second half. The Dons were led by Doolin's 19 points. Tim Derksen chipped in 16 and Cole Dickerson had 11 points.
The Toreros look to remain undefeated in the WCC on Saturday when they visit Pepperdine (9-7, 1-2). Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.