Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 74, Long Beach State 52
The Pacific men's basketball team used a huge late run to upend Long Beach State 74-52 in the Walter Pyramid. With the win, the Tigers improved to 17-8, 9-3 in Big West Conference play. Long Beach State dropped to 12-14 overall, 6-7 in league play.
After falling behind early 5-0, the Tigers scored the next seven points to take a 7-5 lead with 14:59 to play in the half. The 49ers regained the lead at 10-9, but junior Nyika Williams (Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) scored four points in a 5-0 spurt as the Tigers pulled ahead 14-10. Long Beach tied it up at 16-16, before Pacific went on a 15-2 run over a three minute stretch to take a 31-18 lead with 4:12 to play in the half. Junior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.) scored eight of his 10 first half point in the run. Long Beach State finished the half on an 8-2 run to make it 33-26 at the break.
In the second half, the Tigers built the lead back up to 41-30 after a three-point play by senior Michael Nunnally (Stockton, Calif.) at the 16:46 mark. LBSU then outscored the Tigers 10-1 over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 42-40. Eveland scored four points in a 10-2 run to get Pacific's lead back up to 52-42 with 10:40 remaining. A rare four-point play by junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.), after being fouled on a made three-pointer, was also part of the run. A 6-0 Long Beach State run took the Tiger lead to 52-48, before Pacific's 17-2 game-changing run. Eveland again started the run with a three-pointer, then hit another pair of treys to cap the run and give Pacific a 69-52 lead with 3:59 to play in the game. The Tigers defense stepped up in the run, holding the 49ers to just four points over the final nine minutes of the game.
Eveland led the Tigers with a career-high 23 points, the highest single game total by a Tiger player this season. Willard added 16 points and a team-best six rebounds. Pacific out-rebounded LBSU 35-28, although the 49ers held a 12-8 edge on the offensive end. The Tigers' 22-point win is its largest road win in series history.
The Tigers are next in action on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in an ESPN BracketBusters matchup hosting New Mexico State. The game will be nationally televised by ESPNU.