Toreros host Siena at 1pm in NUCDF Basketball Challenge

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Johnny Dee coming off 17 point effort against Tulsa
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Johnny Dee coming off 17 point effort against Tulsa
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Nov. 17, 2012

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GAME #5: The USD Toreros (2-2) close out play in the 2012 NUCDF Basketball Challenge with a 1:05 p.m. contest against the Siena Saints (2-2) on Sunday. The final game of this tournament will pit Northern Kentucky (0-3) against Cal State Northridge (5-0). USD was off today, but Siena evened their record up at 2-2 with a 56-52 win over Northern Kentucky in the late game.

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/results is as follows - (Wed., Nov. 14th) San Diego df. Northern Kentucky, 65-61. (Thur., Nov. 15th) Tulsa df. Northern Kentucky, 76-56; Cal State Northridge df. San Diego, 74-71. (Fri., Nov. 16th) Cal State Northridge df. Siena College, 68-64; Tulsa df. San Diego, 63-51. (Sat., Nov. 17th) Cal State Northridge df. Tulsa, 92-76; Siena College df. Northern Kentucky, 56-52. (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. SIENA SAINTS: The Toreros will be facing the Siena Saints for the first time.

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. Sunday's contest airs on XX 1090 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 Sunday's game with Siena. Talent includes Mike Pomeranz, play-by-play; Jud Buechler, color analyst; and Cheryl Gorman, sideline reporter.

TORERO TIDBITS: USD sophomore guard Christopher Anderson tied a USD single game record when he recorded 7 steals against Tulsa on Thursday... It matched the mark set by three other Toreros during NCAA Division I play... Anderson and backcourt mate Johnny Dee have each reached double-digit scoring in three straight games after opening the season with 8 points against San Diego Christian... Junior forward Dennis Kramer has also notched three double-digit outings - the team's first two when he came off the bench, and again versus Tulsa in a starting role... After opening the season with 14 points, senior center Chris Manresa has missed the team's last three games nursing a sore back... Freshman center Jito Kok has shown he'll be a factor in the shot blocking department - he already has 9 on the season with two games of 3 (SD Christian and Tulsa)... As a team, USD is starting to heat up behind the 3-point arc - in first 2 games they managed to convert just 24% (6-25); over last two 47% (16-34).

COLD SHOOTING SPELL SINKS TOREROS 63-51 AGAINST TULSA: The USD Toreros (2-2) fought hard against a very long and athletic Tulsa Hurricane (3-0) squad, but a cold shooting spell over the final 20 minutes left them with a 63-51 loss in the second game of the NUCDF Basketball Challenge. Sophomore guard Johnny Dee paced the Toreros in scoring with 17 points, while backcourt mate Christopher Anderson chipped in with 11 points and 7 steals. In the first half the Toreros jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Dee canned a three and added a layup to score a quick 5 points 3 ½ minutes into the contest. Tulsa answered with their own 8-0 run with two three-pointers of their own by Scottie Harrison and Rashad Ray. The score stayed close the rest of the half with USD leading 24-22 with 22 seconds to go. Tulsa took the lead into the intermission break as Zeldric King converted a three-pointer just before the buzzer. Dee had 12 points at the break for USD. In the second half the Toreros just couldn't buy a basket as they were only able to convert on 28.0% of their attempts (7-25). Tulsa was able to surge ahead to a double-digit lead (39-29) five minutes into the 2nd half and the Toreros were unable to stage any kind of serious rally. Tulsa got a big boost off the bench from 6-8 freshman forward D'Andre Wright who notched a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Rashad Smith and guard James Woodard each chipped in with 12 points.