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GRIER’S JOB IS SAFE…. FOR NOW

Mandatory Photo Credit: Chris Davis

By Chris Davis

Special to San Diego Sports Domination

Mandatory Photo Credit: Chris Davis

Mandatory Photo Credit: Chris Davis

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 be preparing all week for their lone game next week when San Diego’s favorite team comes to town… BYWho?

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