Nov. 15, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's basketball team (2-1) fell to Cal State Northridge (3-0) 74-71 Thursday evening in their second game of the NUCDF Basketball Challenge. For the second time in as many nights, the Toreros found themselves down late in the game, but unlike the previous night the Toreros comeback attempt fell just short.
Four Toreros recorded double-digit points, led by sophomore Johnny Dee's 16 points on 5-11 shooting. Sophomore Christopher Anderson added 15 points to go along with eight assists, while John Sinis and Jito Kok each chipped in ten points apiece.
The Toreros found themselves down early due to the hot start of Matador forward Stephan Hicks who scored nine points in the first six minutes giving Northridge a 17-8 lead. Hicks would end up with a game-high 25 points on 9-10 shooting.
The Toreros narrowed the gap and went in to halftime down 36-34 despite outshooting the Matadors (56%-41%) in the first half.
The Matadors would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game, leading by as much as nine. The Toreros were able to pull within two points with 58 seconds remaining with a chance to tie, but Anderson's running shot rattled out.
The Toreros were without senior Chris Manresa, who is out with a sore back for the second straight game. Coach Bill Grier missed his presence inside as the Toreros were outrebounded 40-24. Anderson led the team with six rebounds.
The Toreros return to the hardwood Friday evening for the third game in as many nights when they take on Tulsa (2-0). Tip is at 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox Sports San Diego with the radio broadcasts on XX 1090 AM.