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Christopher Anderson beats LMU with acrobatic up-and-under layup at the buzzer

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Christopher Anderson's first chance to give San Diego the lead in overtime Monday night resulted in a drive into traffic and a costly turnover.

Thankfully for the Toreros, Anderson's second chance had a better outcome.

After Loyola Marymount star Anthony Ireland missed the front end of a one-and-one with 5.9 seconds remaining in overtime, San Diego's Chris Manresa grabbed the rebound and fed Anderson the outlet pass. The 5-foot-7 guard streaked up court, weaved through traffic and sank an acrobatic reverse layup with .2 seconds remaining to give the Toreros a 69-68 road victory.

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The most exciting play of a quiet Monday night in college hoops made SportsCenter's top 10 countdown and capped a brilliant game for Anderson. With star guard Johnny Dee sidelined with an ankle injury, Anderson picked up the slack, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out seven assists.

Anderson's heroics snapped a four-game losing streak for San Diego (12-12, 5-4) against the WCC's top teams and pulled the Toreros into a fourth-place tie with Santa Clara.

Meanwhile, the outcome was just the latest disappointment for an LMU team that has underachieved this season. The Lions, who returned several key players from last year's 21-win team and added a strong recruiting class, fell to 8-14 overall and 1-8 in league play.

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