Tigers Fall In Overtime To USF
University of the Pacific men's basketball team dropped a home game to San Francisco, 81-72 in overtime on Thursday, Jan. 9. The Tigers fell to 9-6 overall and 0-4 in West Coast Conference play. USF improved to 11-6 and 4-1 in WCC play.
The Tigers took a seven point lead (18-11) with 11:46 left in the half, after a pair of three-pointers from Senior Tony Gill and junior Aaron Short. The Dons scored on their next three possessions to make it 18-17 with 6:18 left, though neither team scored for a four-minute stretch. In the 6-0 Dons run, Pacific missed six straight shots from the field. The Tigers pushed the lead back up to six (29-23) with 3:07 left then to eight (36-28) in the final minute. Avry Holmes scored at the halftime buzzer to make it a 36-30 Pacific lead at the break.
Senior Trevin Harris hit a jumper to open the second half, equaling the Tigers' largest lead of the game at 38-30. A pair of free throws from senior Sama Taku made it 43-36 with 16:06 to play. The Dons then went on an 18-5 run to take their first lead since that beginning of the game at 54-48 with 10:13 to play. Pacific again went cold from the field, missing nine straight shots in the stretch. The Tigers came right back, using a 9-2 run that was capped by a pair of free throws from Harris to take a 57-56 lead with 4:25 left. The leads changed hands on the next five possessions and the Tigers held a 61-60 lead with 45 seconds left. Holmes scored on a layup and Matt Glover hit a free throw to give USF a 63-61 lead with 24 seconds remaining. Taku scored on a layup with 5.5 seconds left in regulation, to send the game in to overtime.
In the overtime period, the Dons struck quickly to take a five point advantage (70-65). The Tigers closed the gap to three after a pair of free throws from Harris, but USF pushed it back to 72-67 after a Glover layup with 2:05 to go. A pair of free throws from Gill made it 72-69, but the Tigers could not get any closer.
The Tigers were outshot 42.9% to 31.6% from the field. The Dons hit eight of 17 three-pointers (47.1%), while Pacific was just six for 23 (26.1%). The Tigers missed 14 straight three-pointers from the beginning of the second half until the end of overtime.
Senior Andrew Bock had 17 points to lead the Tigers. Gill had 15, while senior Ross Rivera scored 14 and Harris added 10.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 11. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start and is the WCC Game of the Week. It will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Root Sports and Comcast SportsNet California.