Toreros earn 70-55 road win over Pacific Tigers

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Nick Kerr sparked Toreros to big road win over Pacific
USDTOREROSDOTCOM
Nick Kerr sparked Toreros to big road win over Pacific
USDTOREROSDOTCOM

Feb. 15, 2014

Final Stats

(Stockton, Calif.) - Propelled by a big first half that saw USD take a 44-23 intermission lead, the Toreros came away with a big 70-55 victory over the Pacific Tigers. In a season that has seen the majority of USD's points come from the starters, tonight USD received a huge lift from the bench as the reserves contributed 29 points. Johnny Dee scored a game-high 19 points, but the Torero bench, led by reserve Nick Kerr (12 points), was the key as they outscored Pacific's reserves, 29-12. Pacific came into the game averaging 76.1 points per game and the Toreros were able to hold them to a season-low 55 points.

In the first half guard Nick Kerr came off the bench to hit 4-of-5 threes to help USD to a commanding 44-23 intermission lead. With Duda Sanadze out of the lineup (ankle), freshman Brett Bailey started and helped USD jump out to a solid start as he scored 6 of the team's first 10 points. In addition to some excellent team defense, the Toreros received some additional solid play off the bench Thomas Jacobs (4 points, 4 rebounds) and Simi Fajemisin. Johnny Dee paced the starters with 9 points as he converted 7-of-7 from the free throw line, and the Toreros dominated the boards 21-9.

Pacific opened with an 8-0 run to start the second half to pull within 44-31, but the Toreros answered with their own 11-0 run to go up 55-31. In the run Christopher Anderson buried two threes and Dee added a bucket and trey. From there the Toreros were able to maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Anderson, who was held scoreless two nights ago at Saint Mary's, almost pulled off a rare triple double as he finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Jacobs would finish with 6 points and 5 rebounds, Fajemisin would add 5 points and 5 rebounds, and Chris Sarbaugh would add 6 points. Pacific (14-11, 5-9 WCC) was paced by Tony Gill (16 points) and Sama Taku (15 points).

 

 

The Toreros (14-14, 5-10) return home to close out their regular-season schedule with a 3-game homestand beginning this Thursday, Feb. 20th, against the Portland Pilots (15-11, 7-7 WCC). Portland defeated Pepperdine earlier today 74-62.