March 2, 2012
The USD Toreros (13-18) gave the No. 3 seed BYU Cougars everything they could handle but came up a little short in falling 73-68 in tonight's last WCC Quarterfinal. Chris Anderson paced the Toreros with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in the loss. Dennis Kramer chipped in with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and forward Chris Manresa finished strong with 13 points and 6 boards. The Toreros matched the Cougars in the rebounding department, 30-30, but BYU got a big lift off the bench from Noah Hartsock who was returning from a recent knee injury and tallied a game-high 19 points.
Hartsock was followed by Brandon Davies (16 points), Brock Zylstra (12 points) and Charles Abouo in the scoring column as BYU improves to 25-7 on the season.
The Toreros were down by 9 points with 5:38 to go in the game but battled back to get within 3 points at 71-68 with 1:40 to go on a layup by Manresa. The Toreros had a chance to tie with 10 seconds left but Dennis Kramer's three-point attempt from the top of the key was off the mark.
The Toreros, who were picked by the WCC Coaches to finish last this season, finished 7-9 in the league standings, and were very competitive down the stretch against the likes of Saint Mary's, Gonzaga, and BYU, as well as earning a hard-fought victory over LMU in late February.
With Darian Norris the lone senior on this year's team, the future looks very bright for this young squad as they head into the off-season.