Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 85, Sonoma State 56
The Tiger men's basketball team tipped off the 2010-11 basketball season with an 85-56 win over Sonoma State in an exhibition game on Sunday, October 31.
"I'm very encouraged with our unselfishness and offensive capabilities," said Tiger head coach Bob Thomason <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/thomason_bob00.html> . "We did a solid job on defense, but need to rectify some rebounding problems. I'm very excited about coaching the team, they are going to be a good team and also an exciting team to watch.
Pacific opened up a 6-2 lead in the opening moments of the first half, as senior Sam Willard <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/willard_sam00.html> (Pierre, S.D.) scored four of his seven first half points on consecutive possessions. The Tigers extended the lead to 11 (15-4) after a 9-0 run that was capped by a mid-range jumper from senior Demetrece Young <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/young_demetrece00.html> (Oklahoma City, Okla.). The Seawolves cut into the lead after a pair of three-pointers from Will Olsem and four points by Ben Washington to make it 22-17 with 4:35 left in the first half. The Tigers then scored the next eight points as Young again put the exclamation point on the run with a top of the key trey to make it 30-17. Sonoma State outscored the Tigers 5-2 the rest of the half as Pacific held a 32-22 halftime advantage.
Senior Nyika Williams <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/williams_nyika00.html> (Kingston, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) took over in the opening moments of the second half for the Tigers. He opened the scoring with a layup with just over a half minute gone by, then had an assist on a layup by Willard and threw down a dunk as the Tigers took a 45-24 lead with 13:46 to play. A three-pointer by junior Chuck Coley <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/coley_chuck00.html> (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and another dunk by Williams gave Pacific a 24-point lead (55-31) with 10:40 to play. Increasing the lead to 30 in the late stages of the second half, the Tigers' lead did not fall below 20 the rest of the way, as Pacific closed out the win.
Willard led the Tigers with a double-double, scoring 12 points with 10 rebounds. Williams added 10 points, while senior Terrell Smith <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/smith_terrell00.html> (Federal Way, Wash.) and sophomore Allen Huddleston <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/huddleston_allen00.html> (Merced, Calif.) each knocked in nine points. Freshman Alex Enright <http://pacifictigers.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/enright_alex00.html> (Stockton, Calif.) scored seven points in just four minutes for the Tigers.
Sonoma State was led by Sterling Arterberry with 10 points.
All 13 Tigers who appeared in the game made it into the scoring column.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game on Nov. 7 against Chico State. Game time is at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Tiger women's basketball team takes on Cal State East Bay at 2:30 p.m.