Pacific Men's Basketball - Missouri State 60, Pacific 49
The Tiger men's basketball dropped a 60-49 decision at Missouri State on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Pacific falls to 4-2 with the loss. Missouri State improved to 4-2.
In a low scoring first half, the Tigers opened the half with four points in the first 30 seconds after getting a low-post basket from senior Nyika Williams (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and a steal from senior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) that led to a score by senior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.). After the Tigers took a 6-3 lead with 17:14 remaining on a jumper from senior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.), there was a scoring drought that lasted nearly five minutes. As the lid on the basket came off, Pacific scored on a quick 5-0 spurt with a three-pointer from sophomore Allen Huddleston (Merced, Calif.) and a 15-foot jumper from Willard to take a 14-6 lead with 11:18 left. With the Tigers leading 19-11, Missouri State went on a 9-3 run to cut it to 22-20 with 2:08 to play. After a three-pointer from senior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.) gave the Tigers a 27-22 lead, Pacific did not score in the final minute as the Bears scored four straight to end the half at 27-26.
The Tigers started out cold from the field in the early moments of the second half, while the Bears did the opposite. Pacific missed its first six shots from the field while MSU made four straight and a pair of free throws to take a 36-27 lead three minutes into the second half. Willard responded with three straight baskets to make it 36-33 with 14:39 to play in the game. The Bears extended the lead to 50-39 with 7:31 to play after a 14-6 run, in which five different players scored. Trailing 52-41, the Tigers scored five straight on a jumper in the lane from Williams and another three-pointer from Huddleston. MSU then scored seven straight points over the next four minutes as Pacific missed its next five shots and the Bears were able to put the game away.
Willard led the Tigers in scoring for the fifth time in six games, getting his fifth double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Huddleston added 12 points, hitting 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Missouri State shot 52.0 percent in the second half and took advantage of 13 offensive rebounds that were converted to 16 second-chance points. Pacific was outscored in the paint 36-16.
The Tigers are next in action on Wednesday, Dec. 1 with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Pepperdine in the Spanos Center.