San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Anderson scored 13 points and dished out six assists to lead the San Diego Toreros to a 65-61 victory over the Northern Kentucky Norse in part of the 2012 NUCDF Basketball Challenge at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Dennis Kramer registered team-highs of 15 points and six rebounds for San Diego (2-0) and Johnny Dee added 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor. The Toreros made 25-of-35 at the charity stripe to improve to 2-0.
Eshaunte Jones paced the Norse (0-1) with 12 points and six boards in the school's first appearance as a Division I program. Todd Johnson scored 11 points off the bench while Ernest Watson and Chad Jackson chipped in nine points each.
San Diego managed to make 55.6 percent of its field goals in the opening period, but the Norse went into the intermission trailing by only four points after scoring nine points off of turnovers. NKU held a 26-21 lead with just under five minutes left in the opening stanza, but the Toreros ended the half on a 9-0 run take a 30-26 lead into the break.
The Norse refused to quit and Johnson put them up by eight points by completing a four-point play at the 9:46 mark of the second half. USD rallied back and Dee put it in front by making a jumper with 3:26 left in regulation. Watson responded with a jumper of his own, but Anderson put the Toreros back in front for good by finishing a layup in the paint with just under two minutes before the final buzzer.
San Diego held a 31-21 rebounding edge and attempted 22 more free throws to fend off NKU.