Pacific Men's Basketball - Paciifc 87, UC Davis 54
The Pacific men's basketball team posted an 87-54 victory at UC Davis on Saturday, Jan. 22. The Tigers are now 12-9 overall, 3-3 in Big West action. UC Davis drops to 6-12, 1-5 in league games.
Pacific set the tone early in the first half with defense, holding the Aggies to 0-7 shooting from the field as the Tigers opened up a 10-0 lead in the first four and a half minutes. After Josh Ritchart hit a three-pointer, the Tigers used another large run (17-2) over the next five minutes to take a 27-5 lead with 9:28 to play in the half. Senior Nyika Williams (Kingston, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) scored four of his team-best 11 first half points in the run. The Aggies scored consecutive baskets for the only time of the half on their next two possessions to make it 27-9. Pacific held the Aggies to just one field goal in the final 7:53 of the half, as another 17-5 run gave the Tigers a commanding 44-14 lead at the break.
The second half was mostly even, wit the Tigers outscoring the Aggies 43-40 in the final 20 minutes. Pacific's lead never dropped below 25 in the second half, as the team shot 60.0 percent (15-25) in the final frame. Junior Jose Rivera (Brentwood, Calif.) had a team-best 18 points, including 12 points in the second half on 4-of-4 shooting beyond the arc. The 18 points tied Rivera's career high. Four other Tigers joined Rivera in double figures, as Allen Huddleston (Merced, Calif.) scored 17, Williams had 12 and senior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) had 10. Senior Pat Eveland (San Diego, Calif.) had a career-high 11 rebounds and scored 12 points for his first career double-double. Senior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) added seven points and 10 rebounds.
The 33-point win tied for the eighth largest in school history for a league game. Pacific hit 15 of 21 from three-point range (71.4 percent), tying for the third most treys in a game in school history. The Tigers held a huge 49-22 rebounding advantage, including 14 on the offensive end. The 14 offensive boards led to a 24-9 advantage in second chance points.
"We played with a lot of energy tonight," said Eveland. "We established ourselves on both ends of the court and made them uncomfortable."
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Long Beach State on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff in the Spanos Center.