Nov. 25, 2013
(Estero, Florida) - The USD Toreros were dealt their first loss of the season with today's 74-70 loss to Illinois-Chicago in the first round of the Gulf Coast Showcase. San Diego (5-1) will play the 9:00 a.m. (PST) contest Tuesday against UNC-Greensboro (3-2), a 99-62 loser to Louisiana Tech. Despite receiving a game-high 19 points from junior guard Johnny Dee, the Toreros came up short down the stretch in a closely contested game. USD also received double-digit outings from Duda Sanadze (14), Christopher Anderson (13) and Dennis Kramer (13).
The biggest margin in the game either way came in the first half with UIC holding a 7-point edge at 13-6. An old fashioned three-point play by Johnny Dee at the 13:14 mark of the first half gave the Toreros their first lead of the game at 14-13. It would stay close the rest of the half with UIC heading into the locker room with a 33-31 advantage.
In the second half the Toreros battled back to take 3-point leads on two different occasions, the last coming at 50-47 on a three-pointer by Johnny Dee with 10:40 to. USD's last lead of the game came at 52-51 with 9:53 left, but the Flames would hold the lead the rest of the way in improving to 2-3 on the season.
Three straight free throws over a thirty second span by Duda Sanadze pulled USD to within 66-65 with 2:33 left, but UIC kept answering with plays and held a 70-65 lead with 21 ticks left. The Toreros made one last push with a bucket inside by Kramer, and three-pointer from Anderson with 5 seconds to go to pull within 72-70. With just under 3 seconds to go, UIC's Kelsey Barlow missed the front end of a 1-on-1, but he grabbed the carom and was immediately fouled. He cashed in on his final two attempts to ice the victory.
USD was outrebounded 40-34, and were outshot 41.5% to 38.2%. Kramer led the squad with 8 rebounds. UIC was paced Jake Wiegand (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Kelsey Barlow (17 points).
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