Pacific Men's Basketball - UCSB 68, Pacific 67
The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 68-67 decision at UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, January 10. The Tigers are now 9-6 overall, 2-1 in the Big West Conference, while UC Santa Barbara improved to 8-6 and 3-1 in league play.
The Tigers rallied from a seven point deficit with 1:22 to play in the game, outscoring the Gauchos 7-1 the rest of the way. Smith had a three-point play to start the rally, and after freshman Allen Huddleston (Merced, Calif.) added a free throw and Orlando Johnson hit one for the Gauchos it was 68-64 with :38 seconds to play. Pacific got another pair of free throws from Smith and one free throw from senior Joe Ford (Altadena, Calif.) to trim the lead to 68-67 with :20 seconds remaining. After UCSB's Jon Pastorek missed two free throws at the seven second mark, the Tigers had one final chance. Junior Sam Willard (Piere, S.D.) was called for an offensive foul with one second to go, as the Tigers were unable to get a potential game-winning shot off.
The Tigers fell behind 9-5, but junior Pat Eveland scored five points in a 7-0 run to give Pacific a 12-9 lead with 13:00 to play in the first half. The Gauchos retook the lead with a 6-0 spurt at 15-12 with 9:49 to go. A pair of three-pointers from junior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) to bookend an 8-3 run and give the Tigers a 20-18 lead with 5:57 to play in the half. UCSB ended the half on a 14-3 run to take a 32-23 lead at the break.
Pacific cut the Gaucho lead to six a few times in the beginning of the second half, but UCSB took its largest lead of the game (51-38) following a 7-0 run with 13:14 to play in the game. The Tigers answered with a 7-0 run of their own, as Huddleston hit a free throw to cap the run and cut the UCSB lead to 51-45 with 10:52 to play. Trailing 60-51 with 5:29 to go, the Tigers used a 9-3 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 63-60 getting five points from junior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) in the run. A pair of technical fouls called against the Tigers gave UCSB four points from the free throw line as the Gauchos increased there lead to 67-60 with 1:22 to play.
Smith and Young each scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, while Ford added 10 points. Ford and Willard each had seven rebounds to lead Pacific. Johnson led the Gauchos with 24 points.
The Tigers and Gauchos combined to shoot 49 free throws in the second half, with Pacific holding a 75.0 percent to 62.5 percent edge at the line.
Pacific is next in action with a home game against UC Irvine on Saturday, January 16. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.