Pacific Upends Nevada 78-72 In Overtime

Lorenzo McCloud (photo by Gary Jones)

Stockton, Calif. – Seniors Colin Beatty (14 points) and Lorenzo McCloud (24 points) scored career highs as the Pacific men's basketball team defeated Nevada 78-72 in overtime on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Tigers improved to 4-4, while Nevada dropped to 4-4.

The game started out slow offensively, as the teams combined to shoot 3-13 in the first four minutes and Pacific took a 4-2 lead. After a pair of free throws from Junior Ross Rivera tied the game at 8-8, Jerry Evans Jr. started a 7-0 run with a three-pointer as Nevada took a 15-8 lead with 9:19 to play in the half. The Tigers flipped it around as senior Travis Fulton scored four points in a 15-4 spurt that gave Pacific a 23-19 lead with 3:47 to play. Rivera scored seven straight points as the Tigers took a 30-25 lead with 1:32 to go. Nevada evened it up at 31-31 before McCloud hit a jumper to give Pacific a 33-31 halftime lead.

It continued back and forth in the second half, as McCloud tied the game for the eighth time at 44-44 with 13:04 left in regulation. After Nevada's Marqueze Coleman hit a pair of free throws to get a 46-44 lead, Pacific stormed back with a 13-2 run to take its largest lead of the game (57-48) with 9:44 to go. McCloud scored six points in the run. Nevada nearly took complete control of the game over the next five minutes. Deonte Burton scored first six points to fuel a 15-2 run and give the Wolf Pack a 63-59 lead with 4:31 to go. Beatty scored three points from the line in the next two possessions and McCloud hit a jumper to swing it to a 64-63 lead with 2:21 left. Malik Story hit a three-pointer to give Nevada a 66-64 advantage, before Rivera evened it up with a clutch baseline jumper at the 1:06 mark. Burton missed a three attempt in the final minute, but the Wolf Pack retained possession. Nevada held for the final shot, but the Tiger defense that forced two shot clock violations in the second half did not allow a shot and the teams went to overtime.

Beatty opened the overtime period with his first three-pointer of the season, as the Tigers never trailed in overtime. A layup by Evans cut it back to one 69-68, but a layup by McCloud and a Fulton jumper pushed it back to four (73-69) with 2:39 to play in the extra period. Neither team scored in the next two minutes before McCloud hit one of two free throws to take a 75-69 lead with :42 to go. Burton hit another three-pointer to make it 74-72 with :25 to play. McCloud and senior Rodrigo De Souza each hit a pair of free throws to seal it.

McCloud led the Tigers with 24 points, while Beatty added 14 points. Rivera, the Big West Conference's Sixth Man of the Year in 2011-12, scored 14 points in his first game off the bench this year. De Souza led the team with a career-high seven rebounds.

The Tigers shot 51.9%, including 3-4 in overtime. The Wolf Pack shot 43.9% for the game, missing six of eight shots in the extra frame. The game had nine ties and eight lead changes.

Pacific is next in action with a home game against San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 p.m.