USF men, women drop heartbreakers to San Diego 

Chris Anderson snapped a tie with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left and made another layup to ice it with 25 seconds remaining as San Diego held off the USF men's basketball team 57-56 in a West Coast Conference game on New Year's Day at War Memorial Gymnasium.

Anderson, who finished with a team-high nine points, snapped a 51-51 tie with a layup with 3:42 to play and then sealed the win for the Toreros (8-7 overall, 1-2 WCC) with his final layup with 25 seconds left to make it 57-53.

Mark Tollefsen led the Dons (7-8, 1-2) with 14 points, while Matt Glover added 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Tollefsen converted a three-point play with 13 seconds left to pull USF within 57-56, but the Dons were never able to get off another shot.

Leading scorer Kruize Pinkins (15.6 points per game) was plagued by foul trouble and had just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting.

The Toreros trailed 33-28 at halftime, but rallied to lead 44-43 in the second half on a layup by Vasa Pusica. USF regained the lead, but Anderson's go-ahead layup came during a 7-0 run.

San Diego's bench outscored USF's 30-15. The Toreros made 5 of 18 3-pointers to 4 of 12 for USF, but were outrebounded 38-30.

Neither team shot well, both finishing with an identical 22-of-53 from the field (41.5 percent).

The loss dropped the Dons — who went 3-0 against San Diego last season, including a win in the WCC tournament — to 3-3 in New Year's Day games.



Malina Hood's layup with 20 seconds left lifted the host Toreros (11-2, 2-1 WCC) past the Dons (9-5, 0-3).

It was the second straight heartbreaker for USF, which on Monday blew a 24-point first-half only to lose to rival St. Mary's 68-66 on a layup with 3 seconds left. It also marked the Dons' third straight loss.

Taylor Proctor led USF with 15 points and five rebounds, while Taj Winston added 14 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

Katelyn McDaniel led San Diego with 15 points and seven rebounds.

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