Johnny Dee scored 27 points and helped San Diego build a 15-point first half lead in a 77-60 victory over Siena on the final day of play in the NUCDF Basketball Challenge. The Saints got within six points twice in the second half, but the Toreros scored 10 of the final 12 points to ice the game.
O.D. Anosike scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Siena, his fifth double-double in five games this season. His layup with 13:26 to play brought Siena within 52-46, but USD scored the next six points and led by at least nine the rest of the way.
USD used an early 8-0 run to erase a 10-3 deficit, and after Ryan Oliver's 3-pointer gave the Saints the lead back, Dee answered with a three and the Toreros never trailed again.
Siena entered the game having allowed just 55.8 points per game in its first four games - its stingiest defensive performance in 50 years through four games - but USD shot 52% from the field and 50% from distance.
Ken Rancifer (13) and Cameron Miles(10) joined Dee in double figures for USD. Rob Poole finished off a fine weekend with 12 points for the Saints, making 3-6 3-pointers. Poole was questionable after sitting out the second half of yesterday's win over Northern Kentucky due to sickness.
Siena shot 46% (10-22) from 3-point range behind Poole, but made just 30% (12-40) of its shots from inside the ARC, and only 46% (6-13) of its free throws. It's the third time this season Siena has shot 50% or worse from the foul line.
Freshman Brett Bisping provided a spark off the bench, scoring five points and grabbing eight rebounds in 16 minutes. His 3-pointer capped a 14-6 Siena run to start the second half that made the score 50-44.
Siena's starting backcourt of Evan Hymes and Rakeem Brookins combined to shoot 5-22 from the field and 2-10 from 3-point range. Hymes had eight turnovers against the Toreros and 22 in the Tournament.
The Saints will try to bounce back 3,312 miles from the Jenny Craig Pavilion when they take on Maine in Orono a week from today.