Feb. 23, 2013
SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of San Diego men's basketball (13-16, 6-8) team fell to No. 3 Gonzaga (27-3, 14-0) 81-50 Saturday in front of a sold out crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The Toreros nearly upset the Zags, who lead the nation with 27 wins, at home earlier in the month, but this time struggled with the Bulldogs size and offensive firepower. The Toreros only lead was at the beginning of the game when they went up 2-0 on a Johnny Dee jumper. After falling behind 17-6 with 12:17 remaining in the first half, the Toreros would trail by double-digits for the rest of the game, taking a 37-23 deficit in to the locker room at halftime.
Gonzaga extended its lead to 20 points after a 10-3 run to start the second half, and the game was out of hand by that point for the Toreros who were outrebounded 32-15 and allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 53.7 percent from the field. With the win, Gonzaga sets a school record for regular season wins (27).
The lone bright spot for the Toreros came from senior Chris Manresa, who scored a season-high 19 points on 5-6 shooting. Ken Rancifer and Christopher Anderson also each chipped in eight points. Freshman Jito Kok had 2 blocks to give him 50 on the season, good for third all-time in school history.
The Zags had three players score in double-digits, led by sophomore guard Kevin Pangos' 18 points. Kelly Olynyk (14) and Elias Harris (12) also chipped in with double-digit scoring efforts.
The Toreros return to action Thursday at 6:00 p.m. when they host San Francisco (12-15, 5-9). USD squeaked past the Dons 70-66 in their last meeting. The game will be televised on Fox Sports San Diego and Andy Masur will have the call on the Mighty 1090 as well.
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