San Diego took care of business against Southern Utah, beating the Thunderbirds by a score of 67-52.
For the Toreros, Johnny Dee and Dennis Kramer were the main sources of offense. The two scored 16 and 15 points respectively in the win. Christopher Anderson also put up double-digit points with 12.
Kramer and Dee were also San Diego leaders on the glass as well. Kramer’s 8 rebounds was a team-high, and Dee was only one off that mark with 7.
In typical fashion, Anderson led the Toreros with 6 assists.
Southern Utah got unusual production from some unusual suspects. The T-Birds leading scorer Trey Kennedy only finished the game with 2 points, and Eric Rippetoe (averaging 0.0 points this season) led the team with 14 points. He was 5 of 6 from the field and 3 of 3 from the three-point line. Thunderbird forward Casey Oliverson grabbed 9 rebounds to lead all players.
Key to the Game Checklist
Get the bench involved – Check Minus
The Toreros bench scored 17 points today, which is better than their usual output. However, San Diego is still very dependent upon its starting 5. The only 5 players to record a positive +/- in todays contest was their starting 5.
The Bottom Line
This was a game that the Toreros needed to win to avoid embarrassment and to gain some momentum going into WCC play. It will be interesting to see how the Toreros play against Pepperdine next Saturday, who features one of the best frontcourts in the conference in Stacy Davis and Brendan Lane.