Sanadze hits some big buckets down stretch in victory
Feb. 20, 2014
(San Diego, Calif.) - The USD Toreros earned a big 61-59 home win over the visiting Portland Pilots to improve their season mark to 15-14 and up their league record to 6-10 with two regular-season games to go. Johnny Dee and Duda Sanadze led the way with 15 points each, and for the second straight game the bench played a key role as they outscored Portland's reserves 26-2. With the win the Toreros swept the series against the Pilots and now will entertain Gonzaga this Saturday in a 9pm ESPN2 contest.
"It was a hard-fought win," said head coach Bill Grier. "It definitely wasn't a thing of beauty in terms of its aesthetic value, but it's February and there are a lot of games in a lot of leagues just exactly like this. Grinder type of games. Fortunately we made some plays down the stretch. That's something we haven't done. We were down four with about two and a half minutes to go and executed back-to-back possessions and got stops down the stretch when we needed them. I'm proud of our guys with sticking with it, especially after the start we got off to defensively. "
In the first half the Toreros got off to a slow start as they found themselves down 20-10 at the 12:51 mark. From there USD responded with a 14-3 run to take their first lead at 24-23 with 5:57 to go on two free throws from Duda Sanadze. Five different Toreros scored in the run led by Dee with 5 points. Dee and Christopher Anderson each had 8 points by the intermission break with the Toreros up 35-31.
In the second half both teams got off to slow starts with the first bucket coming from UP's Thomas van der Mars at 17:06. The score would stay 35-33 USD until a Dee three with 14:50 to go and then both teams improved offensively from there. Portland would regain the lead at 52-51 on a Ryan Nicholas jumper and extend it to four points (56-52) with 2:33 left in the game.
Two buckets from Sanadze and four straight made free throws from Dee gave the Toreros a 60-56 margin with 27 ticks left and from there the Toreros would hold on for the two-point victory. Anderson followed Dee and Sanadze in the scoring column with 9 points. Simi Fajemisin gave the Toreros some solid minutes as he chipped in with 5 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes of action.
Portland (15-12, 7-8 WCC), playing without leading scorer Kevin Bailey (calf), was paced by van der Mars (18 points) and guard Bobby Sharp (16 points).
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.