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dons get the final attack in to kill the toreros
Alcala Park — The University of San Diego Toreros snatched defeat out of the hands of victory, again. This time around, San Francisco was victorious by a 74-67 score in front of 1,285 fans at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Thursday. The Dons (15-9, 8-4) turned a 10 point San Diego (13-12, 4-8) lead with 9:22 left in the game around with a closing scoring barrage of 21-9 over the last 6:41. Cole Dickerson had a game-high 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting (2 of 5 from behind the arc). Kruize Pinkins was the lone double-double of the game with 14 points and 11 boards in 28 minutes. Johnny Dee, 18 points in 35 minutes, was good from deep, until the Toreros were down late and he needed to jack up three point shots to try and get USD close. The problem, was that USD missed their six shots over the final four minutes. At the break, the Dons were up by four after shooting a very good 48.3 percent from the field. San Diego wasn’t all that bad themselves as they made 44.4 percent and 45.5 percent from the land of plenty. The Blue and White will be back in action on Saturday for a late 8:00 tip against Santa Clara.
Coach Greer has been on the hot seat this year as his Toreros have been underachieving. After coming in with such fanfare from Gonzaga, coach Greer has a career 97-122 record as a head coach, as the San Diego job is his first opportunity in the number one seat on the bench.
ALCALA PARK — The USD Toreros pulled the upset on Saturday, February 22 at Jenny Craig Pavilion over No. 25 Gonzaga, 69-66. The job pretty much saves head coach Bill Grier’s job for the time being. Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3) came out of the gates hot, scoring 14 points before the first media timeout. However, the Toreros (16-14, 7-10) were not that far behind as they were only trailing by four. The final was a six point swing from what happened a month ago in “The Kennel” in Spokane (59-56 Gonzaga). The result was paved at the start of the second half when USD outscored GU 13-7 in the first 4:35 of the half. Gonzaga didn’t give up, you wouldn’t expect a team in the AP top 25 to do that. Over the final 11:48 of the second half, the Bulldogs outscored USD 17-14. USD’s final basket was at the 4:31 mark and their last seven points came from the line. The Blue and White faithful should be thankful that the Toreros shot nearly 70 percent from the line (69.7 to be exact), as they made 23 points from the line. Gonzaga had an uncharacteristically bad night from the charity stripe as they only made six of their 11 attempts (54.5 percent). On the season, the Bulldogs make 71.4 percent of their attempts. San Diego nearly had the best game of the year as far as turnovers were concerned. On the night they committed eight (compared to Gonzaga’s 13). Nine of Gonzaga’s turnovers were USD steals. The first half was a very tight contest as neither team had larger than an 8 point lead. San Diego took the lead with a three pointer by Christopher Anderson with two seconds remaining in the half. USD had some very balanced scoring in the first twenty minutes as Johnny Dee was the leading scorer with nine points. Of the ten Bulldogs that played in the half, six put points on the board — seven of the nine Toreros accomplished that feat. The Toreros will prepare all week for San Diego’s favorite team … BYWho? that will come to the JCP on Saturday for Senior Day activities. Tip is scheduled for 1:00 in the afternoon.
12-1. It was looking like BYU might already have the game in hand. Then the Toreros made it a game going into the half on a 11-6 run. In the second half, the Toreros made it a game eventually fighting back and taking a lead after a quick 6-0 run to take a 56-54 lead with 9:24 to go. The Cougars went on a 12-4 run to take the lead and never relinquish it. The Toreros and Cougars will now prepare for the WCC Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas next weekend. BYU will be the second seed, while the Toreros look to be the seventh seed.
ALCALA PARK — With four players in double figures BYU defeated USD 78-70, in the regular season finale for both teams at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday, March 1. The junior tandem of Christopher Anderson and Johnny Dee put a combined 34 points up for the Toreros (16-15, 7-11). Both members will presumably come back for their senior years in the 2014-15 season. They will be counted on to be the core of the Toreros next year, and will have to come through if the Blue and White have any shot of breaking into the top echelon of the West Coast Conference. After a short, but emotional senior day activities, BYU (21-10, 13-5) sprinted out to a 25-13 lead. Most of that lead came in the period between the first and second media timeouts. During that 1:40 timeframe, the Cougars outscored USD