Nov. 15, 2012
GAME #3: The USD Toreros (2-0) continue play in the 2012 NUCDF Basketball Challenge with a 7:05 p.m. contest against Cal State Northridge (2-0). Prior to this contest Tulsa (1-0) will take on Northern Kentucky (0-1) at 4:35 pm.
2012 NUCDF BASKETBALL CHALLENGE & MATCHUPS: The NUCDF Basketball Challenge is a five-team, five-day tournament organized by PlanBC3, LLC and Triple Threat Travel, LLC. Proceeds from this tournament will be used to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation - www.cureucd.org. The schedule for tournament matchups is as follows - (Wed., Nov. 14th) Northern Kentucky vs. San Diego @ 7:00 pm. (Thur., Nov. 15th) Tulsa vs. Northern Kentucky @ 4:30 pm; Cal State Northridge vs. San Diego @ 7:00 pm. (Fri., Nov. 16th) Siena College vs. Cal State Northridge @ 4:00 pm; Tulsa vs. San Diego @ 7:00 pm on FSSD television. (Sat., Nov. 17th) Tulsa vs. Cal State Northridge @ 5:00 pm; Northern Kentucky vs. Siena College @ 7:30 pm. (Sun., Nov. 18th) Siena College vs. San Diego @ 1:00 pm on FSSD television; Cal State Northridge vs. Northern Kentucky @ 3:30 pm.
USD VS. NUCDF OPPONENTS: USD will be facing Northern Kentucky, Tulsa and Siena for the first time. The Toreros own a 16-12 series advantage over Cal State Northridge.
RADIO & TV: All USD home and away games will be broadcast live on XX 1090 AM or ESPN 1700 AM with Andy Masur (6th season) bringing you all the action; his pre-game show will air 15 minutes prior to tip-off. Tonight's contest airs on ESPN 1700 AM. A audio-video feed for USD home games is available for free of charge at www.usdtoreros.com. Fox Sports San Diego will televise two USD games in this tournament - Tulsa on Nov. 16th and Siena on the 18th. Talent includes Mike Pomeranz, play-by-play; Jud Buechler, color analyst; and Cheryl Gorman, sideline reporter
COACH GRIER (6TH YEAR): Coach Bill Grier (Oregon, 1990) is in his sixth season at the helm of the USD program... He enters tonight's contest with a 2-0 record... Last season's squad finished 13-18, but won 4 of its final 6 regular-season WCC games and then advanced to the quarterfinals of the WCC Basketball Championships before falling to BYU by just 5 points... The 2010-11 season was highlighted by the team's 74-66 home win over #23 Saint Mary's, along with a 67-64 win over Utah on Christmas... The 2009-10 season was highlighted by wins over Stanford, #25 Oklahoma, Houston and Boise State... His second campaign with USD (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 RALLY PAST NORTHERN KENTUCKY 65-61: The University of San Diego men's basketball team (2-0) came back to knock off the Northern Kentucky (0-1) 65-61 in the first game of the NUCDF Basketball Challenge Wednesday night. Sophomore point guard Christopher Anderson made some key lay-ins down the stretch to secure the win for the Toreros, who were down by as many as eight in the second half. Anderson finished with 13 points (4-9 shooting) and six assists. Junior forward Dennis Kramer led the Toreros in scoring for the second straight game, scoring 15 points on 4-5 shooting while going 7-8 from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Johnny Dee chipped in 14 points as well. The Toreros were without senior center Chris Manresa, who sat out with a sore back. The Norse of Northern Kentucky were playing in their first game as a Division I school and played the Toreros tight from the tip to the final buzzer in a game that saw ten ties. The game was back and forth in the first half, as the Toreros took a 30-26 lead into the locker room at half despite outshooting the Norse 55.6% to 34.6% from the field. Behind hot shooting, the Norse went on an 8-0 run midway through the second half, putting the Toreros down 51-43 with just under ten minutes remaining. The Toreros slowly started chipping away at the lead and eventually regained it on an Anderson driving lay-in with 1:51 remaining. The Toreros would not surrender the lead again and held on to earn their second victory of the season.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Toreros have been picked to finish 5th by WCC head coaches in the nine team league. Gonzaga was picked 1st with 63 points (7 1st place votes). The Zags were followed by BYU (1), 55 points; Saint Mary's (1), 52 points; LMU, 37 points; USD, 36 points; Santa Clara, 35 points; San Francisco, 19 points; Portland, 15 points; Pepperdine, 12 points.