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Toreros Top Eastern Michigan in First Round of Golden Bear Classic

Dec. 8, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - De'Jon Jackson made two free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining to give San Diego a 78-76 win over Eastern Michigan in the first round of the Golden Bear Classic on Friday night.

Jackson's game-winning free throws came after Eastern Michigan, which trailed 44-35 at halftime, tied the game at 76-76 on Carlos Medlock's 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to play. Jackson, who had just two points through the first 39 minutes, was then fouled driving the lane.

After Jackson made both free throws, Eastern Michigan had one final chance to force overtime, but Medlock's driving layup bounced off the rim.

Ross DeRogatis went 10 of 13 from the floor and was 7-for-10 on 3-pointers for San Diego in the first-ever meeting between the two schools, matching his career-high 28 points.

Brandon Johnson had 12 points and a career-high 10 assists for the Toreros, who won their third straight despite blowing a 19-point lead in the first half.

Freshman Brandon Bowdry scored a career-high 19 points and had five rebounds to pace Eastern Michigan (1-6), which lost its fifth straight.

San Diego (5-4) will play the winner of California versus Chicago State in Saturday's championship game.