Tigers Win Big At Cal State Northridge, 79-59
The Pacific men's basketball team picked up its fourth straight win in Northridge as the Tigers defeated Cal State Northridge 79-59 on Thursday, Jan. 12. With the win, the Tigers improved to 5-10 on the year, 1-3 in the Big West Conference action. CSUN dropped to 4-10 overall, 1-3 in league play. The Tigers' win snapped a seven game losing streak.
"We played very well," said head coach Bob Thomason. "I thought we had great shot selection and did a great job of passing the ball. Ross (Rivera), Travis (Fulton) and Lorenzo (McCLoud) all played outstanding games."
The Tigers scored the first four points of the game before Cal State Northridge hit a pair of three-pointers in an 8-0 run to lead 8-4 at the 16:30 mark. Pacific turned it around, getting seven points from junior Lorenzo McCloud in a 10-0 run to take a 17-10 lead with 13:17 to play in the half. With the Tigers leading 18-14, junior Travis Fulton sparked a 10-1 run with six points to extend the lead to 28-15 with 5:42 to play. CSUN responded with a 10-2 run sparked by five points from Michael Lizarraga to cut it back to 30-25 with 2:38 to go. Five more points from Fulton guided a 7-2 finish of the half to give Pacific a 37-27 lead at the break.
Pacific increased its lead to 39-27 after a layup by Fulton, but the Matadors answered with a three-pointer from Josh Greene. Leading 45-37 with 15 minutes to play, the Tigers outscored CSUN 8-1 in the next three minutes, getting four points from sophomore Ross Rivera. Another 10-2 run moments later gave the Tigers a 62-43 lead with 9:17 to go. CSUN closed the gap to 62-50 after seven straight points, but the Tigers sealed it with a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to push the lead to 71-52 with 2:12 to go. The lead swelled to 22 (77-55) in the final moments, before a 79-59 final score.
Fulton (23 points) and Rivera (21 points) each scored career highs for the Tigers. McCloud added 17 points and four steals. Pacific shot 56.3 percent from the field, holding the Matadors to 36.8 percent shooting.
The Tigers are next in action with a game at Long Beach State on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m. The game will be carried by nationally by Fox Sports Prime Ticket.