Toreros Miss Chance at Upset
Olin Carter III scored 17 points on his 22nd birthday and the Toreros had a chance to tie the game on the last possession but USD’s upset bid fell short 66-63 Monday night vs. the Washington Huskies.
Facing their first of four Pac-12 foes, the Toreros turned it over 18 times and struggled at times to break down the Huskies 2-3 zone. Despite the loss however, Monday night proved that this Torero team can hang with tough opposition on the road.
Trailing 36-29 late in the first half, USD scored 16 straight points on a run that spanned the first and second halves, and opened up a 45-36 lead at 15:59 to go in the game. Washington answered that run however with a 19-2 run of their own giving them a 55-47 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
USD responded with another run of its own to take a 59-57 lead on an Isaiah Wright three. Washington tied the game up and took a 61-60 lead on late free throws.
Trailing 64-62 with 29 seconds left, Yauhen Massalski had a chance to tie the game with two free throws. After making the first, he missed the second, the Huskies rebounded and were fouled. After hitting both free throws, USD got the ball back down three.
On the last possession, the Toreros struggled to find a good shot and Tyler Williams game tying three point attempt rimmed out as USD suffered its first loss of the season.
Leading scorer Isaiah Pineiro was held to just 14 points and turned it over 5 times. USD had 18 turnovers overall after just 19 in the first two games combined.
USD will be back at home this Thursday at 7pm to take on San Diego Christian.