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Pacific Uses Defense To Defeat UC Davis, 64-48

Jan 21, 2012

Pacific defeated UC Davis 64-48 on Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Spanos Center. The Tigers are now 6-12 on the season, 2-4 in Big West Conference play. UC Davis is now 1-17, 0-6 in league play.

"It was important for us to win at home tonight and we did a great job defensively," said Pacific head coach Bob Thomason. "I don't think we could have played harder or better in the first half, we just didn't shoot the ball well."

Pacific scored the first four points of the game to set the tone for the game, as the Tigers would not trail in the contest. The Aggies even the game at 10-10, six minutes into the half, but a pair of three-pointers by juniors Travis Fulton and Markus Duran gave Pacific a 16-10 lead. UCD's Eddie Miller answered with a three-pointer, but the Tigers pushed the lead to eight (21-13) after five straight points on a jumper from sophomore Ross Rivera and three free throws.  A short 5-2 segment cut Pacific's lead to 21-16. The Tigers turned up the defense in the late moments of the first half, holding the Aggies scoreless over the final 5:16 of the first half. Pacific finished the half on a 7-0 run to lead 30-18.

Junior Lorenzo McCloud hit a three-pointer to open the second half as the Tigers' lead stayed in double figures for the remainder of the game.  The Aggies used a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 10 (35-25) with 15:14 to play in the game. A 9-1 spurt by Pacific featuring four points from Fulton pushed the lead back to 44-26 three minutes later.  UC Davis cut it back to a 12 point game (46-34) after an 8-2 run, but the Tigers pulled away from there. Five points each from Duran and Rivera in a 13-5 stretch gave the Tigers a 20 point  lead (59-39) and the lead would not fall below 16 the rest of the way.

Rivera led the Tigers with 19 points, grabbing a team-best nine rebounds. Duran added 17 points, hitting five three-pointers while Fulton scored 13 for Pacific.  The Tigers won despite shooting just 36.7 percent from the field. StrongPacific defeated UC Davis 64-48 on Saturday, Jan. 21 in the Spanos Center. The Tigers are now 6-12 on the season, 2-4 in Big West Conference play. UC Davis is now 1-17, 0-6 in league play.

"It was important for us to win at home tonight and we did a great job defensively," said Pacific head coach Bob Thomason. "I don't think we could have played harder or better in the first half, we just didn't shoot the ball well."

Pacific scored the first four points of the game to set the tone for the game, as the Tigers would not trail in the contest. The Aggies even the game at 10-10, six minutes into the half, but a pair of three-pointers by juniors Travis Fulton and Markus Duran gave Pacific a 16-10 lead. UCD's Eddie Miller answered with a three-pointer, but the Tigers pushed the lead to eight (21-13) after five straight points on a jumper from sophomore Ross Rivera and three free throws.  A short 5-2 segment cut Pacific's lead to 21-16. The Tigers turned up the defense in the late moments of the first half, holding the Aggies scoreless over the final 5:16 of the first half. Pacific finished the half on a 7-0 run to lead 30-18.

Junior Lorenzo McCloud hit a three-pointer to open the second half as the Tigers' lead stayed in double figures for the remainder of the game.  The Aggies used a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 10 (35-25) with 15:14 to play in the game. A 9-1 spurt by Pacific featuring four points from Fulton pushed the lead back to 44-26 three minutes later.  UC Davis cut it back to a 12 point game (46-34) after an 8-2 run, but the Tigers pulled away from there. Five points each from Duran and Rivera in a 13-5 stretch gave the Tigers a 20 point  lead (59-39) and the lead would not fall below 16 the rest of the way.

Rivera led the Tigers with 19 points, grabbing a team-best nine rebounds. Duran added 17 points, hitting five three-pointers while Fulton scored 13 for Pacific.  The Tigers won despite shooting just 36.7 percent from the field. Strong defense held UC Davis to an opponent season-low 48 points, 34.0 percent shooting from the field and forced 14 turnovers. Pacific outscored UCD 24-8 in points off of turnovers. Miller was the only Aggie in double figures with 12 points. The Tiger

The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Cal Poly on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spanos Center. defense held UC Davis to an opponent season-low 48 points, 34.0 percent shooting from the field and forced 14 turnovers. Pacific outscored UCD 24-8 in points off of turnovers. Miller was the only Aggie in double figures with 12 points. The Tiger

The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Cal Poly on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spanos Center.

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