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San Diego, CA- The USD Toreros fell to the BYU Cougars 78-70 on Senior Night despite Christopher Anderson’s career-high 22 points and six assists. Tonight Anderson became the program’s all-time leader in assists with 527.
The Toreros struggled in the first half trailing the Cougars by as much as 16 in the first half, before rallying back to cut the Cougars lead to 41-33 at the half.
In the second half, the Toreros rallied back in the second half tying the score at 47-47 on two free throws from Johnny Dee midway through the half. The Toreros and Cougars would alternate the lead back and fourth throughout the second half with the Cougars extending their lead to seven at 67-60 with 2:55 left, but the Toreros would rally back once again to cut the Cougars lead to 67-65 with 2:02 left in the game. Until BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth nailed a three with 1:28 left to extend their lead to 70-65, as the Toreros fall 78-70.
Toreros leading scorer Johnny Dee had 12 points and moved into 4th on USD’s all-time scoring list. Toreros shot only 43.1% from the field and struggled without second leading scorer Duda Sanadze (foot injury).
The Toreros fall to 16-15 on the season and 7-11 in WCC play. The Toreros will now head into the WCC Tourney next weekend as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 USF next Saturday. (Game time has yet to be determined)