Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 61, Long Beach State 51
Pacific fell behind early, as Long Beach State's T.J. Robinson scored four points in an 8-0 run over the first four minutes of the game. It was the Tigers' with a run next as they outscored the 49ers 17-4 over the next six minutes to take a 17-12 lead with 11:50 to play in the half. A pair of three-pointers and a jumper from junior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) keyed the run for Pacific. After the Tigers pulled ahead 21-14 on a pair of free throws from Young, the 49ers went on an 11-4 run over the next five minutes to pull even at 25-25 with 3:34 to play in the half. A layup by junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) and a defensive stand in the final seconds gave the Tigers a 29-27 halftime lead.
A three-pointer by Casper Ware gave LBSU a 30-29 in the opening moments of the second half, but Tiger senior Joe Ford (Altadena, Calif.) responded with two straight baskets to take the lead back to 33-30 with 17:15 to go. Robinson answered with two baskets in a row on the other end, to take the 49ers back out in front by a count of 34-33. After trading the lead back and forth over the next few minutes, the Tigers were able to pull ahead 43-39, but baskets from Eugene Phelps and Larry Anderson knotted it up again at 43-43. Pacific then outscored the 49ers 10-2 over the next six minutes to take a 53-45 lead with 3:53 to play in the game. Willard and Young each hit a three-pointer in the run, including a four-point play for Young. The lead would not fall below six the rest of the way, as the Tigers hit all eight free throw attempts in the final two and half minutes to cruise to the victory.
Young led the Tigers with 16 points, while Willard added 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Robinson scored 19 for the 49ers.
The Tigers held Long Beach State to 20 points below their scoring average of 71 points per game, and the 49ers to their two lowest scoring games of the year. Pacific held a 34-31 rebounding advantage in the contest.
Pacific is next in action at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, March 4 with an 8:00 p.m. tip scheduled at Titan Gym. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.