STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific shot 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from deep in the second half, leading to a 61-58 win over San Diego on Thursday in West Coast Conference (WCC) action inside the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Pacific (9-17, 3-10 WCC), which sweeps the regular-season series from San Diego (11-14, 4-9 WCC) for the first time, extends its home win streak in the series to four. The Tigers have won 10 of the last 11 meetings when scoring 56 or more points. Pacific has held the Toreros to 60 points or less in 10 of 18 all-time meetings.
The Tigers improve to 7-0 this season when holding an opponent under 40 percent shooting and 7-0 when allowing 59 points or fewer.
T.J. Wallace led three Tigers in double figures with 16 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 effort from the charity stripe. Twelve of Wallace's 16 points came after intermission, as he moved past Christian Gray into 15th on the school's all-time scoring list. Now with 1,212 career points, Wallace is two shy of passing Anthony Brown for 14th and 13 points shy of passing Brent Counts for 13th.
Wallace also became the 16th player in program history to surpass 1,200 career points.
Ray Bowles contributed 11 points, while Anthony Townes had 10. Wallace and Townes each had five rebounds. Wallace also had one steal, tying him with Steffan Johnson for fourth on the school's career list with 104.
Cameron Neubauer scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards in defeat. Juwan Gray added 14 points and seven rebounds. Olin Carter III had nine points. Brett Bailey had seven points and eight rebounds. Tyler Williams pulled down six rebounds.
The Tigers shot 50 percent (12-of-24) in the final 20 minutes and 40.8 percent (20-of-49) overall. Pacific made 13-of-17 free throws and eight 3-pointers, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one made trey to 911.
Neubauer, Gray and Bailey each made seven free throws, but San Diego missed 10 (23-of-33). The visitors were 16-of-24 after halftime.
Trailing 28-14, Pacific put together a 12-0 run, scoring the last five points of the first half and first seven of the second.
The 12-straight points were part of a larger 21-3 spurt. The Tigers regained the lead, 32-31, for the first time since 17:41 in the first half after a Wallace old-fashioned 3-point play and extended the edge to five after a Wallace trey.
Pacific held the Toreros to just 6-of-22 (27.3 percent) from the floor in the frame and 32.6 percent (14-of-43) overall. The Tigers held their largest lead of the night, 56-44, with 2:24 remaining.
With his team trailing by 12 with 1:29 to go, Neubauer canned a trey that jumpstarted a 10-0 spurt in just 45 seconds. San Diego was aided by four-straight Tiger turnovers. Nassir Barrino made the front of the double bonus, bringing the visitors within two with 44 seconds on the clock.
Wallace gave the Tigers some breathing room on the next trip down the court after driving to the basket for a layup with 14.4 seconds to go.
San Diego again closed within one possession after a Gray tip-in with 1.3 seconds to play. A Mark Carbone foul before the inbounds pass sent Pacific's D.J. Ursery to the line, where he made the first of two free throws. A Williams desperation full court heave as time expired drew iron but failed to find the bottom of the net.
After failing to record a field goal attempt in the first 5:05 of the game, San Diego made two of its first four 3-point attempts and scored eight-straight points to lead 9-2.
The Tigers went scoreless for four minutes before an Ursery 16-foot jumper from the corner. Pacific started the game just 4-of-16 from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.
However, the Tigers scored the final five points of the period, including a Max Tinsley layup as time expired to cut the Toreros' lead to 28-19 at the break.
Pacific opened the second half shooting 58.3 percent (7-of-12).
The Orange and Black end a seven-game losing streak, all to WCC opponents, with the triumph.
Pacific hosts Santa Clara in league play Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT.