Oct. 26, 2013
(San Diego, Calif.) - The USD Toreros fought back from a 17-point deficit early in the second half and rallied for a 90-81 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay in an exhibition game at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD junior guard Johnny Dee, recently named to the All-WCC preseason team, led all scorers with 28 points. He was followed in the scoring column by redshirt sophomore Duda Sanadze (16 points), senior forward Dennis Kramer (14 points) and junior guard Christopher Anderson (14 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists).
In the first half it was all Cal State Monterey Bay as the Otters made 20-of-37 shots from the floor (54.1%), including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc in taking a 51-36 lead into the locker room. Nine different players scored for the visitors, while Dee paced the Toreros with 13 points. USD was just 12-of-33 from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action.
After Alex Fertig's layup to open the second scoring gave the Otters a 53-36 advantage, the Toreros went on a 19-2 run that was capped off by a Sanadze three-pointer to knot the score at 55-all. A Dee three with 6:41 to go in the game gave the Toreros their biggest lead of the game at 14 points (80-66). Give CSMB credit as they fought back to 7 points twice, but the Toreros were able to close out the game.
On the strength of their 57.1% shooting in the 2nd half (16-28), the Toreros finished the game converting 45.9% from the field (28-61). USD also canned 12-of-24 three-pointers (50.0%) and 22-of-31 free throws (71.0%).
For CS Monterey Bay, guard Ryan Nitz led four Otters in double-digit scoring with 14 points. The Toreros won the rebounding war by a margin of 41-36. USD also received help from Simi Fajemisin (7 points, 5 rebounds) and Jito Kok (7 rebounds, 3 blocks). Freshman forward Brett Bailey played 23 minutes and canned 1-of-2 three-point attempts for 3 points.
The Toreros season-opener will be on Friday, November 8th, against South Dakota State at 7pm. It will be the second game of the USD Classic the Toreros will be hosting with Grand Canyon and LMU kicking off the event at 4:30 pm.