Tigers Drop 76-61 Decision at UCSB
Pacific dropped a 76-61 decision at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 1. The Tigers dropped to 11-17 on the season, 6-9 in Big West Conference play. UCSB improved to 17-9, 11-4 in league play.
An early 9-0 run gave the Tigers a 9-2 lead three minutes into the game. The Gauchos then had their own 9-2 stretch with three three-pointers from James Nunnally to take even it at 11-11 with 14:11 to play in the half. A 7-0 run by the Tigers featuring five points from sophomore Markcus Falley switched it back to an 18-11 Pacific advantage. UCSB again evened it with seven straight and the teams played within four points the rest of the half. The Gauchos led 36-32 with 2:49 left, but the Tigers held UCSB scoreless the rest of the way. Falley stole UCSB's inbounds pass in the final seconds of the first half, as senior Marvin Cotton layed it in for a 36-36 halftime score.
After a three-pointer by sophomore Trevin Harris gave the Tigers a 40-38 lead a minute into the second half, the Gauchos scored five straight to take the lead back for good at 43-40. Leading by one (52-51) with 12:13 left, UCSB outscored the Tigers 9-1 over the next three and a half minutes to claim a nine point lead (61-52). The lead would not fall below eight the rest of the way, as it swelled to as much as a 17 point advantage.
Rivera scored 12 of his team-high 17 points for the Tigers in the second half. Nunnally scored a season-high 28 points to lead UCSB. The Gauchos out-shot the Tigers 60.0 percent to 36.0 percent in the second half.
The Tigers are next in action with their final regular season game, a 7:00 p.m. start at Cal Poly on Saturday, March 3.