Seniors lead Toreros past Pepperdine
March 2, 2013
(San Diego, Calif.) - It was Senior Day at the Jenny Craig Pavilion and USD's trio of seniors (Chris Manresa, Cameron Miles, Ken Rancifer) played a huge role in the team's hard-fought 76-69 victory over the Pepperdine Waves. Manresa and Rancifer each chipped in with 13 points and Miles added 10 points and a season-high 5 assists. Rounding out USD's balanced scoring attack was the sophomore backcourt tandem of Johnny Dee (14 points) and Christopher Anderson (13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists).
With the win the Toreros finish up WCC play with a 7-9 mark, tied with San Francisco, and will be the No. 6 seed in next week's WCC Championship. San Diego (14-17 overall record) will face off against this same Pepperdine Waves squad (12-17, 4-12 WCC), who will be the No. 7 seed, on Thursday, March 7th in the last game of the day (approx. 8:20 p.m.).
"It was a hard fought win, and I think we needed one like that," said head coach Bill Grier. "We had to battle all the way to the end to beat them. To have your three seniors play that well in their last home game and win is pretty special. To have those three in double figures, and to have five total in double figure scoring, it's amazing how much that helps your offense. I thought all three of them really had a great way about them from the start."
Unlike this past Thursday, the Toreros got off to a quick start and jumped out to a 7-3 lead with Dee and Anderson scoring, followed by a three-pointer from Miles. Pepperdine battled back and eventually took a 20-14 lead at the 10:24 mark on a three-pointer from Jordan Baker. The game was tied for the seventh time late in the half before Cameron Miles buried a three-pointer just before the halftime buzzer for a 37-34 intermission lead.
The game stayed close throughout most of the second half with USD finally edging ahead 66-60 on a three-pointer from Dee with 4:57 to go. From there the closest Pepperdine would get is within four points as the Toreros ended their five-game skid. The Waves got a game-high 22 points from guard Lorne Jackson, while Jett Raines chipped in 13 points off the bench. Stacy Davis (12 points) and Jordan Baker (10 points) also reached double digits.
The Toreros shot 50.0% from the floor for the game (27-54) and a solid 77.3% from the free throw line. USD also held the advantage on the boards, 33-28.
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