The University of San Diego outscored McNeese State, 21-8, in the last 7 1/2 minutes of the first half Saturday night and went on to win, 81-66, in the third-place game of the Champion Holiday men's basketball tournament in Missoula, Mont.
Center Scott Thompson, who had 36 points in two tournament games, led the Toreros (4-3) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
Also in double figures for USD were Nils Madden (16 point, 9 rebounds), Mark Maynor (17 point, 6 assists) and Pete Murphy (12 points).
USD and McNeese State (3-3) were tied, 26-26, with 7 1/2 minutes left in the half before the Toreros ran off a streak that ended with them ahead, 47-34, at halftime. USD's Paul Leonard scored six points during that stretch.