Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 64, UC Irvine 51
Pacific played stellar defense to open the game, opening a 5-0 lead after holding the Anteaters scoreless for the first four and a half minutes. After a basket by UC Irvine's Darren Moore, the Tigers outscored the Anteaters 16-6 to build a 21-8 lead with 8:10 to play in the half. Junior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.) scored eight points in the run to boost the Tigers off the bench. Pacific led by as many as 18 points in the first half, with bench outscoring UC Irvine's bench 18-4 in the opening half. The Tigers held a 36-23 halftime edge, shooting a season-best 59.1 percent from the field.
After trading baskets with UCI in the opening moments of the second half, the Tigers went on an 8-0 run to open up their largest lead of the game (50-29) with 13:12 to play in the game. Junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) scored six of his 12 points in the run. The lead never fell below 13 the rest of the way, as Pacific cruised to the double-digit victory.
Eveland led the Tigers with 14 points, all in the first half. He was 4-for-4 from behind the arc in the first half, hitting all five of his shots. Willard added 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Junior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) added 10 points and three assists, while senior Joe Ford had nine points. Ford hit all four of his shots from the field, and has made 14 of his 15 field goal attempts in Big West games.
Darren Moore led UC Irvine with 18 points, while Adam Folker pitched in a career-high 12 points. Pacific held the Anteaters' top two scorers Eric Wise and Michael Hunter to eight total points. They average a combined 31 points per game on the season.
The Tigers are next in action against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Jan. 21. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.