Ken Rancifer scored team-high 14 points in win over OXY
Nov. 14, 2010
GAME #2: The USD Toreros (1-0), coming off a solid 83-66 win over Occidental College this past Friday, play their second game at Stanford University (0-0) on Monday night. Tip-off is 7:05 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.
SERIES RECORD: This is just the 6th meeting between USD and Stanford with the Cardinal owning a 3-2 advantage... In the most recent meeting, the Toreros won 77-64 in both team's season opener a year ago on Nov. 13th at the JCP... Brandon Johnson and De'Jon Jackson each scored 18 points, followed by 15 points from Chris Lewis and 10 points-5 rebounds from Chris Manresa in his collegiate debut... The Cardinal was paced by Landry Fields (25 points). Prior to last year, the last meeting had been when Stanford defeated USD 77-69 in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament (Mar. 20, 2003) held in Spokane, Washington. The other contests - USD lost at Stanford on Nov. 18, 1997 (87-57), and the year before dropped a tough 72-70 decision on Dec. 14, 1996 in a game played at the San Diego Sports Arena. USD’s lone win came in just its second year of Division I basketball (Dec. 27, 1980) when the Toreros knocked off Stanford 79-70 in overtime.
RADIO/INTERNET: Monday's game will air on XTRA Sports 1360 AM with Andy Masur calling the action; his pre-game show airs 15 minutes prior to tip-off. In addition to the live broadcasts airing on XTRA’s terrestrial signal, fans will also be able to hear the broadcast on their computers via live stream at XTRASports1360.com and on their smart phones via the free iheartradio application. The audio broadcast is also available at www.usdtoreros.com. A LOOK AHEAD: Following Monday's tilt at Stanford, the Toreros will return for back-to-back home games against Boise State and Cal State Fullerton. The Boise State contest will be on Friday, November 19th, at 7:05 p.m. (4SD TV; XTRA 1360 AM). Cal State Fullerton will be in town on Sunday afternoon for a non-televised game at 4:35 pm.
COACH GRIER (4TH YEAR): Coach Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990), 47, is in his fourth season at the helm of the USD program... He enters the Stanford game with a four-year mark of 50-51... Last season (team record of 11-21) was highlighted by wins over Stanford, #25 Oklahoma, Houston and Boise State... His second campaign (16-16 mark in 2008-09) was highlighted by road wins over Oregon and Mississippi State... In his rookie year (2007-08) he guided the Toreros to an overall mark of 22-14 and 3rd place finish in the WCC race at 11-3... He guided the Toreros to three wins and the championship title at the WCC Tournament (hosted by USD) with wins over Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and No. 20 Gonzaga... The Toreros then upset No. 15 UCONN in the NCAA Tournament opener with a 70-69 overtime victory, before falling to Western Kentucky in the second round... His 11 WCC wins were the second most for league wins in a single season in program history... Hired on March 26, 2007, Grier is USD's 11th head coach overall and just the 4th head coach since the Torero program moved to the NCAA Division I ranks in 1979-80... His 22 wins in 2007-08 were also the most by a Torero coach in his first season at USD. In addition to knocking off Kentucky on the road, 81-72, the Toreros earned three wins over Top-25 teams: #21 Saint Mary's, #20 Gonzaga and #15 Connecticut... Prior to USD Grier spent 16 years at Gonzaga, including the last 8 seasons as Mark Few's top assistant. Bill and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Giselle & Ashley.
TOREROS WIN SEASON OPENER OVER OCCIDENTAL 83-66: The University of San Diego Toreros had four players score in double digit figures as San Diego shot over 50 percent in both field goals and three pointers, while also shooting over 75 percent from the free throw line in picking up the win in the home opener over the Occidental Tigers 83-66 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Through the first ten minutes, the Tigers kept up with the Toreros; at one point tying it up at 21-21. With under ten minutes to go, freshman forward Dennis Kramer sparked a Torero run when he fired off back-to-back three pointers sparking a San Diego 13-0 run, eight points of which came from Kramer including a monster slam dunk. The Toreros kept pulling away and by half time, USD had an 18 point lead over the Tigers, 50-32. At intermission, USD was shooting 75 percent from the field hitting 18-24 shots. They were 7-for-10 from behind the three point line and finished a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Cameron Miles and Chris Manresa each had two steals. In the second half, Occidental would cut the margin to 10 again, 59-49, and that was as close as they got as the Toreros continued to hold on to the lead, pulling away to as many as 20 points over the Tigers. San Diego would finish shooting 59 percent from the field, and 56 percent from three point range. They finished with 78 percent from the free throw line hitting 14-18. Forward Ken Rancifer led the team with 14 points as he canned all five of his shots from the field, including 3-3 shooting beyond the arc. First year guard Darian Norris, a JC transfer from Salt Lake Community College, was solid in his Torero debut scoring 13 points and dishing 5 assists while turning it over just once in 30 minutes of action. Senior guard Matt Dorr also chipped in with 13 points, and was followed by Kramer's 12 points.
SCOUTING THE STANFORD CARDINAL: For the second straight year the Stanford Cardinal will open up their regular-season with a contest against the USD Toreros... In last year's meeting in San Diego on Nov. 13th, the Toreros won 77-64 at the JCP... Stanford received a game-high 25 points from Landry Fields... Stanford is coming off a 87-56 exhibition win over CS Monterey Bay from the past Wednesday... 6-4 junior guard Jeremy Green led the way with 26 points; 6-8 junior F-C Josh Owens tallied a double-double with 16 points-11 rebounds... Head Coach Johnny Dawkins (34-32) begins his 3rd season at the helm... Former Santa Clara head coach Dick Davey is back as Associate Head Coach.
2010 HAWAIIAN AIRLINES DIAMOND HEAD CLASSIC BRACKET ANNOUNCED: ESPN Regional Television, Inc., (ERT) a subsidiary of ESPN, announced the eight teams in the field for the 2010 Diamond Head Classic, set for Dec. 22, 23 and 25, 2010, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. Tournament host Hawaii and San Diego will be joined by Baylor, Butler, Florida State, Mississippi State, Utah and Washington State. Each team will compete in 1 game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match on Christmas day. The Toreros will open against Baylor (2010 Elite Eight participant), followed by either Mississippi State or Washington State in game two.
TOREROS PICKED 8TH IN WCC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: With four seniors gone from last year's ball club, and 6 of its top 8 scorers, the WCC coaches picked USD to finish last in this year's WCC preseason coaches poll... Gonzaga (48 points), with 6 first place votes, edged out LMU (42) and Saint Mary's (39) for the top spot... Following Saint Mary's is Santa Clara (28), Portland (25), San Francisco (18), Pepperdine (14) and San Diego (10).
TORERO TIDBITS: This year's squad took a summer trip to Vancouver, British Columbia... USD won two of three contests, beating Thompson Rivers (73-64) and British Columbia (91-83, ot), and falling to Fraser Valley (73-61)... In the final game against British Columbia, Ken Rancifer scored a team-high 21 points... Freshman Dennis Kramer did not make the trip, but for good reason... He played for the U18 German National team and gained invaluable experience... He was MVP of a tournament in France after averaging 18.2 ppg and 8.6 rpg over five contests... USD has a new flagship radio station this season - XTRA 1360 AM of Clear Channel Radio... Andy Masur returns for his fourth season calling all the hoops action.
2010 WCC HONORS: Senior guard Brandon Johnson was named honorable mention, while freshman forward Chris Manresa was selected to the WCC All-Freshman team. Junior guard Devin Ginty was named to the WCC All-Academic team for the second straight year; running mate Matt Dorr joined him on the squad.
QUARTET OF SENIORS MOVE ON: USD's four leading scorers from a year ago have moved on due to graduation - guard Brandon Johnson (14.0 ppg), guard De'Jon Jackson (12.0 ppg), center Roberto Mafra (8.5 ppg) and forward Chris Lewis (7.6 ppg)... They accounted for 67% of USD's team scoring... Johnson left USD as the program's all-time leader in points (1,790) and assists (525)... Jackson made the biggest shot in program history with his step-back 18 footer with 1.2 seconds left in overtime that shocked the UCONN Huskies in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in Tampa, Florida.
TICKET INFO: Tickets for home games can be purchased in advance by calling the JCP ticket office (619) 260-7550, or online at www.usdtoreros.com. Single game tickets are $16 (sideline), $14 (adult baseline) and $8 (youth baseline, ages 4-12). For additional information on season tickets, family four packs, group tickets, or premium game tickets, call the ticket office.