March 8, 2014
(Las Vegas, NV) - The No. 6 seed USD Toreros dropped a hard-fought 69-60 decision to No. 3 seed San Francisco today in the first of four WCC Tournament games today at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win gave the USF Dons a three-game sweep over the Toreros this season. Torero senior Dennis Kramer led the way with 19 points, while junior guards Johnny Dee (13 points) and Christopher Anderson (12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) also reached double-digits. San Diego (16-16) will now await word of a possible post-season berth in either the CBI or CIT tournaments.
"First of all I want to congratulate USF and Rex (Walters)," said USD head coach Bill Grier. "I admire what they have done this year especially after losing a great player in this league, Cody Doolin. In all three games against us this year they played with a lot of toughness and made plays down the stretch. And Avry Holmes made some big shots against us in all three games, including tonight in the second half after we pulled to within one."
San Francisco (21-10) received 19 points from guard Avry Holmes with 13 coming in the second half. He was followed by guard Tim Derksen off the bench (15 points, 6 rebounds) and forward Cole Dickerson (14 points, 8 rebounds). In the first half the Toreros struggled offensively in falling behind 33-23 at the break with Kramer and Anderson each chipping in 6 points. Dickerson tallied 10 points and 4 boards for USF by the break.
In the second half a Derksen lay-in with 14:33 to go extended USF's lead to 14 at 42-28. Over the next six minutes the Toreros finally found some offense as they went on a 19-6 run to cut it to one at 48-47 with 8:36 to go. In the run Dee had three three-pointers and Duda Sanadze and Anderson each connected from beyond the arc. From there USF answered with a 8-0 run and would control the contest pretty much the rest of the way.
Dee's three-pointer that pulled USD to within one point was his 13th of the game moving him into the No. 3 spot all-time with 1,473 points (Stan Washington; 1,472). Sophomore center Jito Kok totaled 2 blocks to set a new USD single season record with 56. He broke his mark of 55 he set a year ago and shared with Dondi Bell (1988-89). Anderson, the smallest player on the floor, turned in another solid all-around game with a game-high 9 rebounds to go with his 12 points, 6 assists and 2 steals. Duda Sanadze, who missed a lot of practice time this past week with a left foot injury chipped in with 8 points.
For the game USF outrebounded the Toreros 37-28, and outshot them 42.6% to 37.3%. San Diego converted 10-of-31 threes, and were 12-for-20 from the free throw line.
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