Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 73, Cal Poly 63
Led by a carer-high 19 points from junior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.), the Pacific men's basketball team defeated Cal Poly 73-63 on Friday, January 8. The Tigers are now 9-5 overall, and 2-0 in Big West Conference play. The Mustangs fell to 4-9, 1-1 in league play.
Pacific opened the game with a 5-0 start, getting a three-pointer from Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and a layup from senior Joe Ford (Altadena, Calif.). The Mustangs came right back with a 10-4 run, to take a 10-9 advantage with 14:06 to play in the half. With the Tigers leading 14-13, a 7-2 run spurred Pacific to a 21-15 lead with 8:47 to go, their largest lead of the half. Moments later the Mustangs evened things up at 30-30 with 3:12 to play after a 12-6 run. Cal Poly took a 34-32 lead after a free throw by Justin Brown with 1:21 to go, and Young answered with a three-pointer to give the Tigers a 35-34 lead. David Hanson hit a three-pointer with :31 seconds to play to give the Mustangs a 37-35 halftime lead.
In the opening moments of the second half, the Mustangs took their biggest lead at 40-35 after a Shawn Lewis three-pointer. Young answered with another trey and junior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) hit a pair of threes to spark a 15-2 Tiger run and give Pacific a 50-42 lead with 13 minutes to play. Another three-pointer by Lewis was part of a 9-2 Mustang run made it a 52-51 Tiger lead with 7:38 to play in the game. Three-pointers from Young and Smith on consecutive possessions gave the Tigers a 61-54 lead at the 5:15 mark. Young added a pair of free throws after a technical foul on Cal Poly for six players on the floor took the lead to 63-54. The Tigers' lead did not fall below eight the rest of the way as Pacific hit 10 of 13 free throws in the final five minutes.
Young led the Tigers with a career-high 19 points, while Smith added 15 points and five assists. Ford had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double, while junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) also added 10 points. Lorenzo Keeler led the Mustangs with 18 points.
The Tigers held the Mustangs to 32.3 percent shooting from the field in the second half, after hitting 57.1 percent of their shots in the first half. Pacific scored 14 second chance points off of 12 offensive rebounds, getting five offensive boards from Willard.
Pacific is next in action with a 3:00 p.m. game at UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, January 10.