Johnny Dee led all scorers with 28 points
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.
2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Men's Basketball Season Tickets
Starting as Low as $99
Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
CSUN and UCSB Preview
Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Aztec Invite Recap
Both Squads Finish Second
Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Highlights from 45-21 win
2015 Home Opener
Previewing Western New Mexico
Volleyball Tournament Preview
A preview of the USD Tournament
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.