Feb. 7, 2013
(San Diego, Calif.) - The USD Toreros earned a big 74-68 victory over the BYU Cougars tonight in front of 3,296 fans at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The win improves USD's overall mark to 13-12, and more importantly, moves their WCC mark to 6-4, good for sole 4th place in the nine-team conference. Johnny Dee played 36 minutes and scored a team-best 19 points for the Toreros despite having sprained his left ankle just three nights ago in the team's overtime win at LMU. Senior Ken Rancifer chipped in with 16 points while dishing out a career-high 6 assists. This was USD's first win against BYU in seven tries.
"It's a big win for us," said Dee. "This win is big for us going into Saturday against Saint Mary's. We didn't give them our best effort last time, and we are looking forward to giving them a better effort this time." Asked about how his ankle felt, he added, "It was feeling pretty good. A lot of prayer and the great athletic training staff (Carolyn Greer and Dr. Murphy) here helped me out. I'm thankful for that. I've been in the weight room and doing rehab in the training room all day yesterday and again today, it was pretty good tonight."
Despite this being USD's third game in six days, the Toreros (13-12, 6-4 WCC) are playing some of their best basketball of the season. Following a tough 2-point loss to #7 Gonzaga on Saturday, the Toreros have responded with back-to-back league wins over LMU and BYU. Senior Chris Manresa notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and junior Dennis Kramer turned in one of his best performances with 8 points and a season-high 10 rebounds.
"It was a great effort by our guys," said head coach Bill Grier. "It's been a real tough stretch these past six days. We were a little lethargic early, then we finally started playing with more energy and more toughness. I thought the way we just approached the glass tonight was key. We were aggressive, we fought for rebounds, and to outrebound them is quite an accomplishment. They've really hurt us on the glass everytime we've played them. To me this is a huge win for this group, biggest win this group has had in awhile. I look at BYU as one of the big three in our league but also one of the better programs in the country. For us this is a huge huge win. For Dennis (Kramer) to have ten rebounds tonight is huge for him. And Dee is as tough as young man as I've been around in my career. I think a lot of guys on this team would be out for a couple weeks with that injury."
The Toreros had their hands full all evening with the Cougar tandem of guard Tyler Haws (27 points) and forward Brandon Davies (20 points, 10 rebounds). In the first half BYU (18-7, 8-3 WCC) built an early 16-8 lead with 13:50 to go before the Toreros got untracked and were able to take a 40-36 intermission lead. At the break Manresa had 10 points and 6 rebounds for the Toreros while Dee had 8 points.
In the second half the Toreros were able to extend their lead to as many as 11 points twice, the last coming at 56-45 on a Rancifer three-pointer with 12:25 to go. BYU showed why they have won 25 or more games in each of the last five seasons when they stormed back to pull within two at 64-62 on an old-fashioned three-point play by Haws. Twenty-two seconds later Dee answered with a three from beyond the arc and the Toreros were able to steady the ship some. Haws hit a three with 13 ticks left to get within 71-68, but Dee closed out the game by making 3-of-4 free throws.
A key stat for the Toreros was outrebounding the Cougars 41-34. USD also finished the game shooting 50% overall (28-56) with 16 assists for the 28 buckets. The Toreros also held BYU to 41.9% shooting (26-62) and just 27.8% from beyond the three-point line (5-18).
The Toreros return to the JCP this Saturday, Feb. 9th, for their fourth game in eight days. The Toreros will host the Saint Mary's Gaels in an 8:05 p.m. contest that will be televised on ESPNU. The Gaels dealt the Santa Clara Broncos an 84-63 setback tonight at Santa Clara. The Gaels will come to San Diego with a 20-4 record and 9-1 WCC mark. Santa Clara drops into 5th place behind the Toreros with a 5-5 record and 17-8 overall mark.
Toreros Play LMU & Pepperdine at Home
No. 5 USD Volleyball play LMU on Thursday night and Pepperdine Saturday Afternoon
USD Hosts Valparaiso
The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
Women's Soccer Plays BYU at Home
After a win at Gonzaga the Toreros take on BYU in the Torero Stadium
USD Women Lead Softball Clinic
USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
USD Plays Drake In Fourth PFL Game Of The Season
The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
The Rise (1973-84)
Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
USD Receives Award From Autism Tree Project Foundation
The Legacy Award goes to USD for football and baseball's work with the athlete-mentor program
USD plays Davidson in Torero Stadium for Homecoming Weekend
Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
CSUN and UCSB Preview
Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Aztec Invite Recap
Both Squads Finish Second
Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Highlights from 45-21 win
2015 Home Opener
Previewing Western New Mexico
Volleyball Tournament Preview
A preview of the USD Tournament
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.