Dec. 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Toreros (9-6, 0-2) dropped a heartbreaker 65-62 on the road to Loyola Marymount (10-4, 2-0) Monday evening. Down by three, senior Dennis Kramer had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds left, but his three-pointer just missed.
"We really battled and competed, but down the stretch we had too many silly turnovers," Head Coach Bill Grier said after the game. "To me, that was the difference in the game."
Fueled by a 10-0 run late in the second half, the Lions opened up a 61-54 lead with just over three minutes remaining. The Toreros rallied to close the deficit to one with 44 seconds remaining, but that would be as close as they would get.
Johnny Dee led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting. His 23rd point gave him 1,213 career points vaulting him into 11th place all-time in USD history. Christopher Anderson dished out 12 assists and Duda Sanadze, who came off the bench for the first time this season, chipped in 18 points.
"I'm proud of Duda," Grier said. "It's hard to be a starter for 14 games and then come off the bench, but he didn't pout about it and gave us a huge lift."
Dee and Dennis Kramer combined to score the first 11 points to give the Toreros an early 11-4 lead. However, the Lions, who knocked off BYU on Saturday, put together an 8-0 run to give the game its first tie at 18-18 with 7:12 remaining.
Fueled by a combined 22 first half points from Dee and Sanadze, the Toreros took a 32-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Toreros held on to their lead until the 8:51 mark when the Lions' Ben Dickinson knocked down a jumper to give LMU a 49-48 edge. Shortly after the Lions would go on their decisive 10-0 run and the Toreros never saw the lead again.
LMU had four players score in double figures and were led by Evan Payne's 16 points. Anthony Ireland chipped in ten points and had eight assists.
The Toreros shot 46.2 percent from the field (24-of-52), 47.6 percent from three-point range on 11-21 shooting, and outrebounded the Lions 32-28. However, USD committed 14 turnovers with eight of them coming in the second half.
The Toreros will return to action on Saturday when they travel to BYU for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off. The Cougars and Toreros will both be looking for their first conference win.
USD Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
USD Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
USD Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
USD Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
USD Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
USD Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
USD Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
USD Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
USD Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
USD Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics