Nov. 9, 2013
(San Diego, Calif.) - The San Diego Toreros, hosting their first ever USD Classic, came away with a 2-0 record to the start of their 2013-14 campaign after tonight's impressive 70-59 victory over Grand Canyon. Johnny Dee
paced the Toreros in scoring with 17 points and backcourt running mate Christopher Anderson
notched a double-double in points (13) and assists (12). Senior forward Dennis Kramer
(14 points) and sophomore guard Duda Sanadze
(11 points) also chipped in with double-digit outings in the scoring column.
In jumping out to a 40-27 halftime lead, the Torero defense held the Antelopes to just 37.9% shooting (11-29), while USD combined to shoot a blistering 68.2% from the floor (15-22). Dee led all scorers at the halfway point with 14 points.
In the second half the Toreros extended their lead to 17 points twice in the early going, the last coming at the 18:04 mark on a Sanadze three-pointer. Over the next 5:22 the visitors went on a 9-2 run to pull to within 49-39 with 12:42 left. A few minutes later they would cut it to 8 points at 54-46 on two free throws from Jeremy Adams, but Dennis Kramer received a nice dish from Thomas Jacobs and slammed it home to get it back to double digits. From there the Toreros would keep a double-digit lead.
Grand Canyon (0-2), which is moving up to the NCAA Division I ranks this season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, was paced by Demetrius Walker off the bench with 19 points. Center Killian Larson turned in a solid effort with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
For the game USD shot 52.1% from the floor (25-48) and matched GCU in the rebounding department at 33-all. USD showed a big improvement at the free throw line connecting on 15-of-19 (78.9%).
Next week the Toreros head east for back-to-back games at Morgan State (Thur., Nov. 14th, 4 pm PST) and Northern Kentucky (Sat., Nov. 16th, 4pm PST). You can hear Andy Masur's call at www.usdtoreros.com or on the radio dial at ESPN 1700AM. The Toreros hosted both of these schools last season coming away with close victories - Northern Kentucky (65-61 on Nov. 14th) and Morgan State (66-63 on Dec. 29).
In today's first game of the USD Classic, Loyola Marymount dealt South Dakota State a 98-89 setback.