Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 67, Cal Poly 61
The Tigers held Cal Poly scoreless over the first seven minutes of the first half, taking a 12-0 lead behind three points apiece from juniors Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) and Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.). After missing their first 11 shots, the Mustangs hit three three-pointers in a row to cut the lead to 14-9 with 11:54 to play in the half. Pacific responded with a 9-0 run, getting four points from Young to go back up 23-9 with 10:09 to go in the first half. Four three-pointers fueled a 19-2 Mustang run over the next five minutes to take a 28-25 lead with 5:49 to play in the half. The Tigers were 0-5 from the field in that stretch with five turnovers to help the Mustangs on the run. Junior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.) scored four points in a 10-2 run that gave Pacific a 37-32 halftime edge.
A trio of three-pointers from junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.), Smith and Young gave the Tigers a 53-38 lead eight minutes into the second half. Pacific held off the Mustangs the rest of the way, as Cal Poly whittled away at the lead. Senior Michael Nunnally (Stockton, Calif.) gave the Tigers a 60-49 lead with 2:44 to go. The Mustangs then hit a pair of three-pointers in an 8-2 run to cut the lead to five (62-57) with 1:08 to play. Smith hit a pair of free throws to take the lead back to seven, but Lorenzo Keeler scored on a layup to make it 64-59 with just :28 seconds to play. Young hit three of four free throws in the final :27 seconds to wrap it up for the Tigers.
Young led the Tigers with 18 points, including four three-pointers. He also had six assists with no turnovers. Smith scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Senior Joe Ford (Altadena, Calif.) had six points, eight rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Shawn Lewis led the Mustangs with 16 points.
The Tigers are next in action at UC Davis on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.