Tigers Open Regular Season With Home Game Against Holy Names
The Tiger men's basketball team opens the 2012-13 regular season with a game against Holy Names University on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific defeated Chico State 66-60 last Sunday in its only exhibition action.
In Pacific's win over Chico State, Junior Ross Rivera led the team with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field. Junior Andrew Bock added 12 points, while senior Travis Fulton had 10 points. The Tigers had 28 points in the point and held the Wildcats to 22 of 59 (37.3%) shooting from the field.
Pacific finished the 2011-12 season with a record of 11-19, placing sixth in the Big West Conference with a 6-10 mark. Senior Lorenzo McCloud led the Tigers with 11.2 points per game and 97 assists on the season. Fulton was Pacific's top rebounder a year ago with 6.1 per game, adding 9.5 points per outing. Rivera led the team in league scoring, with 13.5 points per contest. Rivera and Fulton each earned All-Big West Honorable Mention honors last season, while Rivera was also named the Big West's Sixth Man of the Year. The Tigers return all five starters this year, along with 11 letterwinners from last year's team. Head coach Bob Thomason returns for his 25th and final season as Tiger head coach, after announcing his retirement at the end of the 2012-13 season. He is the career wins leader for both Pacific and the Big West, entering the year with 414 victories.
Holy Names was 15-16 last season, including a 7-5 mark in California Pacific Conference action. With a move to NCAA Division II, the Hawks have switched to the Pacific West Conference.