Toreros fall to Saint Mary's 74-64

Feb. 9, 2013

Christopher Anderson


(San Diego, Calif.) - The USD Toreros, playing their fourth game in eight days, dropped a hard-fought 74-64 decision to the visiting Saint Mary's Gaels. Torero guard Johnny Dee poured in 19 points and matched his career-high of 7 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Gaels pulled away in the second half. San Diego falls to 13-13 overall and 6-5 in the WCC standings, while Saint Mary's improves to 21-4 and 10-1 in league. The Toreros play a key game this coming Thursday at Santa Clara (17-8, 5-5 WCC).

Saint Mary's was paced by senior guard Matthew Dellavedova with 19 points and 7 assists. He got help on the inside from forward Brad Waldow with 18 points. For USD, Dee was followed by guard Christopher Anderson with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes of action.

Asked about the recent four-game stretch, USD head coach Bill Grier said, "I don't feel good about tonight's game. But if I just look at the four games - the way we played against Gonzaga, winning on the road at LMU, and the way we beat BYU, I feel good about this stretch with so many games in such a short amount of time. You want one more, and hope the team can keep it going, but I think we just ran out of gas tonight."

In the first half Saint Mary's jumped out to an 8-0 lead, but the Toreros regrouped and battled back on the strength of two three-pointers by Ken Rancifer. USD took its first lead of the game at 21-20 on a layup by Dennis Kramer with 7:05 to go. USD would inch ahead by two points on two occasions, the last coming on a John Sinis three-pointer with 3:40 left to make it 28-26. Late in the half a Chris Manresa dunk tied the score at 34-all, but Saint Mary's came out of a timeout with three seconds left to convert a Brad Waldow layup before the buzzer for a 36-34 advantage.

In the second half Saint Mary's extended their lead to 10 points in the first five minutes at 47-37. From there the closest USD would get is three points at 47-44 on a Dee layup at the 13:32 mark. The rest of the way it was pretty much all Saint Mary's as they would go up by as many as 17 points (74-57) on a Matt Hodgson three-pointer before settling for the 10 point win.

The Toreros also got a solid performances from Jito Kok (8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks) and John Sinis (8 points). The Gaels return to McKeon Pavilion on Thursday for a key game against the No. 6 Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-2, 10-0).

 

 

VIDEO
Video Thumbnail
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Video Thumbnail
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
Video Thumbnail
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.

Video Thumbnail
The Will to Win
2015 Celebration of Excellence.

Video Thumbnail
Get to Know Kyle Holder
One of the top SS in the country.

Video Thumbnail
From Serbia to San Diego
Four stand-out student athletes hail from Serbia.

Video Thumbnail
Torero Profile: Lauren Schad
One of a few Native American female athletes in DI.


SCHEDULES

Twitter
  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago

West Coast Conference USD
» «