SAN DIEGO — The University of San Diego held UMaine to 27 percent shooting in the second half Saturday night and pulled away for a 77-63 men’s basketball victory at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Johnny Dee, who knocked down eight 3-pointers, scored 14 of his game-high 26 points after intermission to help the Toreros (5-4) snap a three-game losing streak.
Coach Ted Woodward’s Black Bears (3-4) ended a stretch of four consecutive road games. That included a win over Rhode Island, and losses at Notre Dame and San Diego.
San Diego native Gerald McLemore led the way for UMaine with 23 points, while Raheem Singleton added 11. Alasdair Fraser (10 rebounds) and Kilian Cato each scored six points before fouling out.
Fraser played 26 minutes and Cato logged only 19.
The Bears shot 39 percent (24-for-61) overall, but was only 6-for-23 from 3-point distance.
San Diego, which outrebounded UMaine 36-30, shot 54 percent (8-for-14) on 3-pointers.
Chris Manresa posted 17 points and nine rebounds for the Toreros, while Christopher Anderson contributed 11 points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Bears led 37-35 at halftime but the hosts didn’t wait long to regain the upper hand in the second half.
Rancifer made a jumper 1:10 into the period to tie the game, then Dee drained a 3-pointer at the 17:18 mark to give San Diego the lead for good. Dee followed with a layup and Simi Fajemisin stuck a jump shot as the Toreros went up 44-37 with 15:46 to play.
UMaine started the second half by missing its first seven shots, before Fraser connected on a jumper at the 15:21 mark. The Bears also committed three of their 14 turnovers during that span.
UMaine got within three at 46-43, but San Diego answered by scoring 11 unanswered points to push the advantage to 13. The Toreros were able to maintain a good cushion after that.