Pacific Men's Basketball - Cal Poly 58, Pacific 39
The Tiger men's basketball dropped a 58-39 decision at Cal Poly on Saturday, Feb. 5. Pacific dropped to 13-10 on the year, 5-5 in Big West Conference play, while the Mustangs improved to 11-11 and 6-4 in league play.
The Tigers bolted out to a 7-0 start in the first two minutes behind a pair of inside baskets from senior Nyika Williams (Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) and a three-pointer from senior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.). Cal Poly then outscored the Tigers 11-2 with five different players scoring to take an 11-9 lead with 12:40 remaining in the half. Sophomore Allen Huddleston (Merced, Calif.) evened it up on a fast-break layup with 12:02 to go. Pacific then went cold from the field, as the Tigers were scoreless for the next six minutes. The Mustangs took advantage, outscoring the Tigers 8-0 in that span. Trailing 19-11 with 6:33 left in the half, the Tigers held the Mustangs without a field goal the rest of the half. Pacific outscored Cal Poly 6-0 in that stretch, holding the Mustangs to 0-10 shooting from the field.
After a three-pointer from Cal Poly opened the scoring in the second half, the Mustangs slowly built a seven point lead (29-22) with 16:11 left in the game. A jumper from senior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.) cut it back to five, but an 11-0 run over the next four minutes gave the Mustangs a 40-24 lead with 10:44 to go. The Tigers couldn't get the lead under 13 the rest of the way as Cal Poly built a 23-point lead and went on to the victory.
Huddleston was the only Pacific player in double figures with 13 points. The Tigers shot just 34.2 percent from the field, making just 13 of 38 attempts from the field. It is the second time this season that Cal Poly has held the Tigers to 39 points, the lowest offensive output of the season. Cal Poly out-rebounded the Tigers 39-26, including 16 on the offensive end that led to 16 second chance points.The Tigers are next in action hosting UC Davis on Saturday, Feb. 12. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Spanos Center.