Anthony Thomas scored 23 points and Pat Holbert 21, including three 3-pointers, to lead San Diego to a 102-91 victory over Southern Utah Thursday night.
Kelvin Woods and Dondi Bell worked inside for 16 and 13 points respectively for the San Diego Toreros (2-0) of the West Coast Conference.Richard Barton of independent Southern Utah (1-2) led all scorers with 30 points, 20 of them in the second half. DaVor Marcelic added 14 points for the Thunderbirds.
Southern Utah took a 29-15 lead with 8:12 left in the first half. USD used inside muscle and quick defense on the perimeter to trim the Thunderbirds' lead to 43-39 at the half.
The Toreros' barrage of 3-pointers in the second half gave them the lead for keeps at 78-77 with 6:34 left. They were 8-for-9 from 3-point range in the half.