SAN DIEGO - Isaiah Pineiro
and Yauhen Massalski
filled up the stat sheet and propelled San Diego to a 73-64 victory against Pacific on Saturday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Toreros (12-5, 1-1 WCC) improved to 9-0 at home this season and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Tigers (10-7, 0-2 WCC).
Pineiro registered his third straight double-double with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Massalski swatted a career-high seven blocks and was one rebound shy of what would have been his second straight double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
An early second-half surge fueled USD's victory as a four-point lead swelled to a 20-point advantage in the first eight minutes of the half. After Pacific scored the first basket of the second half, the Toreros went on a 16-0 run to lead 47-27 with 13:41 to play.
The Tigers cut the Toreros advantage to single digits three times in the final 2:12 but USD went 5-of-5 from the free throw line and got baskets from Tyler Williams
and Massalski to secure the decision.
The Toreros were excellent defensively, holding Pacific to 38 percent shooting on the night, including a 29 percent clip from 3-point range. USD registered 10 blocks, one shy of the school record for a single game.
After a slow start in the first half, the Toreros offense came alive and finished the night at 47 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the arc. USD went 16-of-18 (89 percent) from the free throw line.
Along with Pineiro's team-high 24 points, Olin Carter III
added 15 and all eight Toreros players who appeared in the game made at least one basket.
and Joey Calcaterra
provided sparks off the bench. Ferguson knocked down a pair of threes and dished out two nice assists near the end of the first half that helped the Toreros take the momentum and a lead into halftime.
Calcaterra registered a season-high 24 minutes and made the most of them, logging four points, two assists, two rebounds and a steal. He brought energy to the floor and was active on the defensive end.
The Toreros remain at home next week and will play just one game when they host Pepperdine on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.