Jan. 26, 2013
(San Diego, CA) - The USD Toreros (11-11, 4-3 WCC) dropped a 64-50 home decision to Santa Clara (16-6, 4-3 WCC) to fall into a tie for fourth place in the league standings with the Broncos. The visitor's received a game-high 23 points and 8 rebounds from forward Marc Trasolini, along with 18 points from guard Evan Roquemore. San Diego was paced by senior forward Ken Rancifer with 14 points.
"We were really poor offensively today," said head coach Bill Grier. "We have to do a better job of staying within what our plan is, screening and moving the ball. We're not doing a very good job of that. If you had told me before the game that we were going to hold Santa Clara to four threes (three-pointers) and 64 points, and outrebound them, I say we win. I thought we did a really good job on them defensively, we just didn't do a good job on Trasolini."
The first half was more of a defensive battle with the Broncos taking a 27-23 lead into the intermission break. The Toreros held a slim lead for most of the first half, holding onto a 17-12 edge with 6:41 to go following a layup by Rancifer. Santa Clara closed out the half on a 15-6 run with Trasolini accounting for eight of those points.
In the second half Rancifer connected on a three-pointer at the 17:37 mark to pull the Toreros to within one point at 30-29, but the Broncos answered with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to push their lead to 38-29 on a Roquemore dunk. From there it was all Santa Clara as they built a 23-point advantage (57-34) with 4:47 to go.
USD did generate some offense down the stretch, but it was too little too late. Over a two minute and thirty-second span, USD outscored the Broncos 13-2 to get within twelve points (59-47) with 2:08 to go. Johnny Dee and Keith Stackhouse each contributed 5 points during the rally. For the game, Rancifer was followed by Dee (9 points), Stackhouse (season-high 8 points) and Christopher Anderson (8 points). USD freshman Jito Kok was credited with 3 blocked shots to tie the USD freshman season record of 38 (Scott Thompson, 1983-84).
For the game USD shot just 37.5% from the field (18-48), and also struggled from beyond the three-point arc (5-20) and free throw line (9-18). The Toreros outrebounded the Broncos, 33-30, but committed 17 turnovers to just 10 by the visitors.
San Diego is off until next Saturday, February 2nd, when they host the Gonzaga Bulldogs in an 8:00 p.m. ESPNU contest. That begins a tough eight-day stretch of four games with LMU (Feb. 4th), BYU (Feb. 7th) and Saint Mary's (Feb. 9th) to follow.