SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Olin Carter III scored 21 points and Cameron Neubauer had 18 points and San Diego outlasted Portland's comeback attempt with an 85-82 win on Saturday.
Tyler Williams' 3 with 17:29 left gave San Diego (13-17, 6-12 West Coast Conference) a 51-38 lead, but Portland rallied with a 15-4 run and trailed by two with 9:34 left.
D'Marques Tyson made a 3 to give Portland an early 17-12 lead before the Toreros went on a 12-2 run during which Jose Martinez hit back-to-back 3s for a 24-19 lead.
Gabe Taylor's layup with 6:14 before halftime brought the Pilots to within 24-23, but San Diego went on a 19-8 run and led 43-31 at intermission.
Brett Bailey added 12 points and eight rebounds for San Diego, Martinez and Williams each scored 11 and Juwan Gray 10.
Tyson led Portland (10-21, 2-16) with 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Gabe Taylor had 16 points and nine rebounds and Rashad Jackson and Jazz Johnson each scored 14.
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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Toreros held off a late Portland rally for an 85-82 victory in the regular season finale Saturday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion. D'Marques Tyson scored a season-high 24 points for the Pilots, while Olin Carter III led six Toreros in double figures with 21 points.
The Pilots (10-21, 2-16 WCC) will enter next week's West Coast Conference Championships in Las Vegas as the No. 10 seed and have a re-match against the No. 7 seed Toreros (13-17, 6-12) in the opening round on Friday at 8 p.m.
Portland was dealt another obstacle when sophomore point guard Xavier Hallinan came down with the flu and was unable to join the team at the game. Hallinan had started the previous four games and was coming off of a career-high 17 points against BYU on Thursday.
Tyson buried 7-of-9 three-pointers and finished 8-of-11 overall from the field. Gabe Taylor added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Jazz Johnson and Rashad Jackson finished with 14 apiece.
Cameron Neubauer had a solid all-around game for the Toreros with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jose Martinez scored 11 points in just seven first half minutes.
The teams traded leads early before San Diego closed the first half with a flurry of three-pointers and carried a 43-31 lead into the break.
The Toreros extended the lead to 18 points early in the second half, but the Pilots answered with a 20-4 run capped by an Andre Ferguson three-pointer and two free throws to make it 55-53 with 9:45 to go. San Diego responded with an 8-0 run to push the margin back to double digits.
Portland would cut the deficit to 68-62 on a Johnson three-point play with four minutes remaining, but USD extended the margin and made free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
San Diego shot 54 percent from the field and made 13-of-31 three-pointers in the game, while the Pilots finished at 49 percent overall and drilled 10-of-14 threes. Portland also made all 20 free throw attempts in the game.
Portland will now prepare for the WCC Championships to be held March 3-7 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The winner between the Pilots and Toreros on Friday will play No. 2 seed Saint Mary's on Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
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