Pacific Men's Basketball - New Mexico State 84, Pacific 78
The teams traded baskets in the opening moments, then Pacific got a pair of three-pointers from junior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and a pair of baskets by junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) in a 10-4 run to take a 12-6 lead with 15:01 remaining in the first half. The Aggies scored the next 10 points to gain a 16-12 lead. A 15-3 run, including eight more points from Young, flipped it to a 28-19 Tiger lead with 5:08 to play in the half. New Mexico State trimmed the Pacific lead to 33-29 at the break.
The Tigers took a 43-37 lead with 15:01 to play in the game after a pair of free throws by Willard. The Aggies took control of the game, hitting five straight three-pointers in a 28-10 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 65-53 lead with 5:23 to go. After missing their first three trey attempts of the second half, the Aggies ended up hitting seven of their last eight. Trailing 72-60 with 2:53 to play, the Tigers made another tough run, outscoring New Mexico State 12-4 to trail just 76-72 with :42 seconds to play. Five points each by Young and junior Royal Edwards (Sacramento, Calif.) brought the Tigers back. A three-point play by Hernst Laroche gave the Aggies a 79-72 lead, and the Tigers did not get closer than six the rest of the way.
Young led the Tigers with a career-high 27 points, while Willard had 16 points. Edwards also added a career-high, scoring 11 points off the bench for Pacific. Pacific was out-rebounded 38-35, but held a 16-9 edge on the offensive boards. The Tigers outscored the Aggies 22-6 in second chance points. Jahmar Young led New Mexico State with 22 points.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against UC Riverside on Thursday, Feb. 25. The tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The game will be televised by Comcast Hometown Network.