By Chris Davis
Special to San Diego Sports Domination
ALCALA PARK — For the majority of the first half, the University of San Diego Toreros trailed and looked like they could be headed straight for their fourth consecutive loss. However, with a strong second half — without local standout Johnny Dee — the Toreros came from behind and captured their first West Coast Conference victory of 2014.
Dee only played 23 minutes, five below his average, which would explain his season-low three points on 1-of-4 shooting. “Johnny felt fine before pre-game meal,” Coach Grier said after the game. “I don’t know if it was something he ate or an illness that is starting with him, but he looked green to me. I don’t know of many people that can play well when they are on the verge of throwing up.”
Picking up the slack for USD (10-7, 1-4) was Duda Sanadze. Sanadze, a redshirt sophomore from the Republic of Georgia, was the leading scorer for the game with 22 points mainly on 14-of-15 from the charity stripe.
LMU (10-7, 2-3) who defeated USD ten days ago (65-62), played well in the first half hitting on 46.2-percent of their shots in route to a 28-25 lead. The Lions dynamic duo of Anthony Ireland and Evan Payne each scored 15+ points, 18 and 17 respectfully, to lead LMU.
San Diego had not only Sanadze in the 20 point club, but also Christopher Anderson. Anderson put 20 in on 9-of-15 shooting including hitting both triples that he shot in a game high 34 minutes. Dennis Kramer was the only other Torero in double figures with 14.
Over an eight minute stretch in the second half, the Toreros outscored LMU 20-13 to grow a one point lead into an eight point lead. Down the stretch the Toreros hit their final nine straight free throws to ice the game.
The Toreros will host Pepperdine on Saturday in a 6:00 PM tip at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
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