Pacific Men's Basketball - Pacific 75, UC Riverside 58
The Tiger men's basketball team picked up a 75-58 Big West Conference win over UC Riverside on Saturday, Jan. 29. With the victory, the Tigers improved to 12-9 overall, 4-4 in league games, while the Highlanders dropped to 7-12 overall and 2-5 in league games.
Pacific opened the game with a deep three from senior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.), sparking an incredible 9-for-9 run from the perimeter for the Tigers. After a pair of successful free throws by UC Riverside's Kareem Nitoto tied the score at 6-6, sophomore Allen Huddleston (Merced, Calif.) hit four straight shots from the three-point line, leading a 13-2 run that gave Pacific a 19-8 lead with 14:31 remaining. Consecutive threes by Young and a deep shot from junior Jose Rivera (Brentwood, Calif.) put the Tigers up 29-10 and capping off the remarkable 9-for-9 run from the outside. Pacific's tenth three-pointer of the game, scored by senior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.), gave Pacific a 32-13 lead, with Pacific scoring 30 points from the perimeter and two from the line. With 8:08 left to play, senior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) scored Pacific's first two-point basket of the game. Young hit a deep three-pointer with 7:30 left in the half, scoring his third three in Pacific's 18-5 run, to give Pacific their largest lead of the game (37-15). UCR scored consecutive baskets for the only time of the half on their next two possessions to make it 37-20. Young closed the first half with a layup in the paint, leading the team with 15 points and four assists, as the Tigers went into the break with a 45-25 advantage.
With the Tigers leading by 20 (47-27), a pair of free throws by Huddleston gave him eight points in a 14-2 run that gave Pacific its largest lead of the game (31 points) with 13:18 remaining in the game. The Tigers led 70-42 with 8:11 to play after another trey from Huddleston, but the Highlanders ended the game with a 16-5 run. The Tigers shot just 36.8% from the field in the second half, after shooting 60.9% in the first half. The Highlanders outscored the Tigers 33-30 in the final 20 minutes.
Huddleston led the team with a career-high 23 points and four steals. Two other Tigers joined Huddleston in double figures, as Willard finished the night with 16 points and seven rebounds and Young ended up with 15 points and four assists. Senior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) led the Tigers with six assists.
Pacific finished the game with fourteen three-pointers, tying for the ninth most threes in school history. The Tigers hit 14-of-22 from behind the arc, shooting 63.6 percent from the outside. Pacific scored 42 of its 75 points came from the outside.
The Tigers are next in action with a game at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Feb. 3. The game is slated for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff for a game televised by ESPNU in Santa Barbara.