Harris Buzzer-Beater Gives Pacific BracketBusters Win Over Idaho State, 66-64
Pacific sophomore Trevin Harris hit two three-pointers in the final 15 seconds of overtime, including the buzzer-beating game-winner, as the Tigers defeated Idaho State 66-64 in the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday, February 18. With the victory in the SEARS BracketBusters matchup, Pacific improved to 11-15. Idaho State dropped to 9-17 on the year.
The Tigers took an early 7-4 lead but found themselves down 13-9 after a 9-2 run that featured five points from Chase Grabau. Sophomore Ross Rivera answered back with four straight points to even it up at 13-13 with 12:08 to play in the half. After a basket by ISU's Andre' Hatchett, junior Markus Duran started an 8-0 Tiger run with a pair of three-pointers as Pacific pulled ahead 21-15 with 7:49 to play in the half. The Bengals cut the lead back to three (23-20), but a pair of buckets from Rivera lead a 6-0 surge that put the Tigers ahead 29-20 with 1:11 to play on the way to a 30-22 halftime lead.
Pacific stretched the lead to a game-best 10 points (34-24) just three minutes into the second half, but Melvin Morgan hit a pair of three-pointers in a 13-2 run that gave the Bengals a 37-36 lead with 13:23 left to play. It was Pacific's turn over the next seven minutes, as the Tigers reclaimed and pushed the lead back to 10 (52-42) with 6:54 to go after a 16-5 run. Senior Lorenzo McCloud scored seven points in the run, including a three-pointer. After scores on both ends, Rivera hit a pair of free throws with 5:15 left to make it 56-46. The Tigers would not score again in regulation, as the Bengals evened it up at 56-56 after a steal and a layup by Morgan with 40 seconds left. McCloud committed Pacific's fifth turnover in the final minutes on the next possession, but Kenny McGowen's three-pointer was off the mark as time expired in regulation.
Morgan opened overtime with a layup, which was countered by a Rivera jumper to make it 58-58. McGowen hit a three-pointer with 1:09 left to give the Bengals a 63-60 lead. A missed Tiger three-pointer and a pair of free throw misses by Morgan set up Harris for some late game heroics. Harris nailed a three-pointer with 15 seconds left to even it up at 63-63. Morgan was then fouled with five seconds left and hit one of two free throws. Sophomore Andrew Bock found Harris on the deep right wing as Harris drained the desperation three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give Pacific the win.
Rivera led the Tigers with 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds. McCloud and Duran each tallied 12 points, while Harris scored eight points. Pacific shot 43.9 percent from the field, while holding the Bengals to a 37.5 field goal percentage. The Tigers tied a season-high with 21 turnovers, but hit nine of 10 free throws.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m in the Spanos Center.