Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 59, Chico State 44
Behind 42 second half points the Pacific men's basketball team downed Chico State, 59-44 on Sunday, November 7. In front of 1,937 fans at the Alex G. Spanos Center the Tigers closed out exhibition play 2-0.
After the Wildcats' Jay Flores hit a three-pointer to open the scoring, Tiger senior Sam Willard <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/willard_sam00.html> (Pierre, S.D.) scored on a jump hook and a dunk to give Pacific a 4-3 lead. Chico State broke a 5-5 tie with a three-pointer from Chris Sharp that sparked the Wildcats to an 8-1 run to take a 13-6 lead with 8:54 to play in the first half. Willard scored four points in a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 13-12 with 4:16 to play. After Chico State regained a 17-12 lead, the Tigers evened it up at 17-17 after a 5-0 run capped by another basket by Willard. Amir Carraway hit a three-pointer with :05 remaining to give the Wildcats a 20-17 lead at halftime. The Tigers shot just 30.4 percent in the first half, and turned the ball over 10 times.
Pacific jumped out to a hot start in the opening minutes of the second half, as sophomore Allen Huddleston <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/huddleston_allen00.html> (Merced, Calif.) hit back-to-back three pointers to erase the deficit in the Tigers' first two possessions. The Tigers extended the run to 11-0 as they took a 28-20 lead with just under 16 minutes to play. Another three-pointer from Sharp cut the Tigers' lead to 32-26. Pacific then used a 14-0 run to extend the lead to 46-26 with 8:30 remaining. Five different Tigers scored in the run, as Willard scored five points in the game-turning run. Junior Jose Rivera <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/rivera_jose00.html> (Brentwood, Calif.) hit his second three-pointer moments later to give the Tigers their largest lead of the game at 49-27 with 7:25 to go. Pacific's lead did not fall below 14 the rest of the way. The Tigers shot 53.1 percent in the second half, including seven makes on 13 three-point attempts.
Willard led the Tigers with 17 points and 14 rebounds, his second double-double of the preseason. Senior Pat Eveland <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/eveland_pat00.html> (San Diego, Calif.) added 11 points and six rebounds. Senior point guard Demetrece Young <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/young_demetrece00.html> (Oklahoma City, Okla.) had six assists, finishing the preseason with 11 assists and no turnovers.
Pacific opens the regular season with a road contest at UTEP on Friday, Nov. 12.