Nov. 14, 2013
(Baltimore, MD) - The USD men's basketball team earned a 68-61 road win over Morgan State to improve to 3-0 on the season. Johnny Dee paced the Toreros with 19 points, and the interior play of Dennis Kramer and Jito Kok down the stretch was pivotal in the victory. Dee hit the 1,000 point milestone for his career just three games into his junior campaign. USD will try to make it four straight wins when they play at Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
The Toreros were down 33-30 at halftime but rallied to outscore the Bears 37-28 over the final 20 minutes of play. A three-pointer by Justin Black early in the second half gave the Bears a 36-30 advantage, but the Toreros went on an 8-0 run to pull ahead 38-36 with 14:39 to go. During that stretch the Toreros received a dunk by Jito Kok, two free throws from Thomas Jacobs and a pair of buckets from Duda Sanadze.
"We shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers early, and yet we found a way to dig it out," said head coach Bill Grier. "Chris (Anderson) made some key free throws and some big plays for us, and I really thought our interior guys (Dennis Kramer and Jito Kok) won us this game in the second half. Give our guys credit. They battled through some unusual circumstances to get a road win."
Following Sanadze's bucket that gave the Toreros the two-point lead, the game stayed close for much of the second half. With 4:15 to go in the game, a Dennis Kramer
dunk off an assist from Johnny Dee
made it 57-53. The Bears would take one final lead at 58-57 on a layup by Blake Bozeman, but over the final two minutes it was all USD as they outscored the Bears 10-3. Sanadze and Dee had buckets and the Toreros converted on their final six free throw attempts.
For the game Dennis Kramer chipped in with 12 points and 7 rebounds, and Christopher Anderson and Jito Kok each added 11 points. Freshman Brett Bailey, playing in his first collegiate road game, was very productive as he contributed 7 points and 4 rebounds. The Toreros held the edge on the boards, 43-38. Justin Black led Morgan State with a game-high 22 points.
Saturday's game at Northern Kentucky can be heard at ESPN 1700AM, and on the Torero website at www.usdtoreros.com.