Dec. 1, 2012
(Nacogdoches, TX) - The Toreros dropped a 56-51 contest on the road this evening to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The SFA Jacks, who are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 1981, have yet to allow an opponent more than 60 points this season. San Diego, which dropped its third straight road contest to fall to 3-5 on the season, committed 20 turnovers against the Jacks' defensive pressure. A Torero bright spot was the play of sophomore guard Christopher Anderson who scored 13 points to go with 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
Senior forward Ken Rancifer chipped in with 11 points. Leading scorer Johnny Dee, who entered the contest averaging 16.0 points, was held to just 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting (0-3 in three-point attempts). USD shot 50% from the floor, and came out even in the rebounding department with SFA with 26 each, but tallied 10 more turnovers than the Jacks. SFA was paced by forward Taylor Smith (18 points) and guard Antonio Bostic (15 points).
In the first half the Jacks battled their way to a 30-24 intermission lead. Twice the Toreros held 3 point leads on three-pointers by Anderson and John Sinis. It was a trey by Sinis at the 5:03 mark that gave the Toreros a 20-17 lead. SFA's Desmond Haymon answered with his own trey, then Sinis hit a jumper for a 22-20 advantage with 3:48 to go. SFA closed out the half on a 10-2 run for the 6-point halftime cushion.
With 13:54 left in the game and SFA holding a 38-31 lead, the Toreros rallied to pull to within one at 38-37 as Dennis Kramer hit a jumper, Anderson added a three-pointer and guard Mike Davis cashed in on two free throws. That would be as close as the Toreros would get the rest of the way, although USD would get within 2 points with 3:21 left on a three-point play from Anderson. In the final 3 minutes of play the host Jacks got three key buckets from guard Antonio Bostic to help hold off any hopes of a Torero rally.
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