Feb. 28, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's basketball (13-17, 6-9) fell to San Francisco (14-15, 7-9) 83-70 Thursday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion dropping their fifth game in a row. The Toreros knocked off the Dons 70-66 on the road January 10th, but could not slow down the Dons' offense this go-around.
The Toreros found themselves in a hole early after the Dons rattled off an 18-2 run to start the game, fueled by 11 early points from Cole Dickerson. The Toreros, who shot 47 percent in the opening half, got within 10 points at the 8:32 mark. Even though the Toreros' baskets were falling, the Dons were able to respond every time and took a 52-35 lead into halftime fueled by 68 percent shooting from the field.
The Toreros battled back and were able to put together a run to start the second half and cut the deficit to single-digits at 62-53 with 11:36 remaining. However, the Dons hot-shooting continued into the second half and the Toreros couldn't keep up as San Francisco their lead to back to double-digits on their way to a 83-70 victory.
The Toreros were led by Ken Rancifer's 17 points. Johnny Dee and Cameron Miles each chipped in 15 points and Chris Manresa recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Christopher Anderson had a game-high eights assists despite fouling out. Miles' 15 points was a career-best for the senior guard from Dallas.
Cole Dickerson posted a double-double for the Dons with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Mark Tollefsen (19), Cody Doolin (16), and De'End Parker (11) all chipped in double-digits points for the Dons as well.
With the loss, the Toreros now trail the Dons by a half game for fifth place in the WCC. The Toreros can tie the Dons with a win over Pepperdine on Saturday. Since the Toreros and Dons split their season series, and each beat BYU, the team with the highest RPI ranking Sunday morning will earn the No. 5 seed for the tourney.
The Toreros wrap up the regular season on Saturday at noon against Pepperdine (12-16, 4-11). The game can be seen on Time Warner SportsNet and Jack Cronin will have the call on the Mighty 1090 as well.
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