Pacific Men's Basketball - Texas A&M 79, Pacific 59
The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 79-59 decision at Texas A&M on Saturday, Dec. 4 in College Station, Texas. The Tigers dropped to 4-4 on the season, while Texas A&M improved to 7-1.
Senior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) opened the scoring for Pacific with a 17-footer, then the Aggies scored eight straight points, including four straight from David Loubeau. The Tigers scored on their next two possessions with inside baskets from Willard and Williams to cut the lead to 10-6 with 15 minutes left. The Aggies pushed the lead back to 10 (24-14) after a14-4 run with nine minutes to play in the half. After a layup by senior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) cut the Texas A&M lead to 24-16, the Aggies finished the first half on a 14-6 run to hold their largest advantage (38-22) at the break. Willard finished the half with 12 points, more than half of the Tigers' 22 points.
The teams matched each other for the first five minutes of the second half, as the Aggies held a 48-32 lead with 14:49 to play. After Texas A&M took a 54-35 lead, senior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored 10 points in the Tigers' 19-9 run to make it 63-54 with 5:19 to play in the game. Texas A&M scored 12 unanswered points to put the lead back up to 21 (75-54) with 2:50 to play in the game. Pacific did not get the lead under 20 the rest of the way.
Willard scored a career-high 24 points for Pacific. Young was the only other Tiger in double-figures with 12 points. The Tigers shot 41.4 percent from the field, while Texas A&M shot 48.4 percent. Texas A&M hit 10 of 18 three-pointers on the night, while the Tigers hit of five of 15 from beyond the arc. Pacific was out-rebounded 38-29, with the Aggies getting 15 offensive rebounds. The Aggies capitalized on Pacific's 12 turnovers, scoring 20 points off of turnovers.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Cal State Stanislaus. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff in the Spanos Center.