Dec. 28, 2013
(Malibu, Calif.) - The USD Toreros (9-5, 0-1 WCC) dropped a 75-64 decision to the Pepperdine Waves in both teams conference opener. Johnny Dee paced the Toreros with a game-high 26 points (10-19 shooting, 4-6 threes) while Dennis Kramer chipped in with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Pepperdine (8-5, 1-0) received a career-high 20 points from Malcolm Brooks, while Brendan Lane (18 points) scored 16 second half points to help hold off the Torero rally. Stacy Davis added a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and freshman guard Jeremy Major tossed in 13 points to go with 7 rebounds.
The Toreros earned their first lead of the game at 53-52 on a lay-in by Christopher Anderson with 11:39 left in the game. That capped off a 13-4 Torero run over a three minute stretch after Pepperdine led 48-40. With just under eight minutes left a Dennis Kramer three knotted the score at 58-all, but from there the Waves went on a 10-0 run capped off by an old-fashioned three-point play by Brendan Lane for a 68-58 advantage. Dee ended the run with a three-pointer from the left corner with 4 ½ minutes to go, and another Dee three made it 69-64 at the 3:25 mark. Unfortunately USD would not score from there.
For the game USD shot 41.1% from the field (23-56), but were a little better from beyond the three-point arc (7-16, 43.8%). USD outrebounded Pepperdine 37-31, but the Waves committed just 8 turnovers to USD's 14.
In the first half Pepperdine led 34-26 at the break. The Waves were paced by the hot shooting from guard Malcolm Brooks who led all scorers with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. USD was paced by Johnny Dee's 10 points as he canned both of his three-point attempts. In addition to both Christopher Anderson and Johnny Dee each getting two fouls and seeing limited action, the Toreros didn't help their cause with 9 turnovers. Jito Kok had 4 blocked shots in the first 20 minutes, matching his career-high.
USD returns to action on Monday when they play at Loyola Marymount at 7pm. The Lions (9-4) opened up their WCC slate with an impressive 87-76 home win over BYU on Saturday behind freshman Evan Payne's 27 points.