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    Pacific Mens' Basketball - Pacific 77, UC Davis 61

    Jan 23, 2010
    A big first half by the Pacific men's basketball team led to a comfortable, 77-61, victory over UC Davis on Saturday, January 23, in front of a crowd of 5,154 at the Alex G. Spanos Center. The win improved the Tigers to 12-6 overall and 5-1 in the Big West Conference, while the Aggies fell to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference.

    The Tigers had another strong showing defensively to open the game, holding the Aggies without a point over the first three minutes and opened a 7-0 lead. Each team scored seven points over the next six minutes to make it 14-7 with 11:13 to go in the first half. The Tigers got five of senior Michael Nunnally's (Stockton, Calif.) 13 first half points in an 18-3 run to open up a 32-10 lead with two minutes to play in the half. Pacific allowed just two field goals in the first 18 minutes of the game, on the way to a 36-15 halftime lead.

    In the second half, the Aggies whittled Pacific's lead to 41-24 with 16 minutes to play. Senior Joe Ford (Altadena, Calif.) had four points in three assists in a 16-5 run over the next five minutes as the Tigers took their largest lead of the game at 57-29 with 11:07 to play in the game. After scoring just one point in the first half, Joe Harden scored 12 of his 18 second half points in a 26-8 run to cut the Pacific lead to 14 (69-55) with 2:38 remaining. The Aggies would not get closer as the Tigers cruised to the victory.

    On the night, the Tigers allowed season-lows for a first half in points allowed (15) and field goal percentage (.200), but allowed season-highs for a second half in points allowed (46) and field goal percentage (.594).

    The crowd of 5,154 was the largest to watch a game in the Spanos Center since 2005, and was the 23rd largest attendance of all time.

    Nunnally and junior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) each scored 15 points to lead the way for the Tigers. Junior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) had 12 points and senior Joe Ford (Altadena, Calif.) added 10 points for the Tigers. Junior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) and Smith led the Tigers with eight rebounds apiece, as Pacific held a 39-24 rebounding advantage. Harden led the Aggies with 19 points.

    The Tigers are next in action on the road with a 7:00 p.m. game at UC Irvine on Thursday, Jan. 28.