Stockton, Calif. – Four Tigers scored in double figures as the Pacific men's basketball team defeated UC Davis 77-64 on Saturday, Feb. 2. With the win, Pacific improved to 13-8 on the season and 7-2 in Big West play. UC Davis dropped to 8-12 overall, 4-5 in league action.
The Tigers started out hot from the field, hitting their first four shots on the way to a 14-2 lead four minutes into the game. Senior Travis Fulton scored five points in the opening run to get Pacific off to a great start. The Aggies whittled the lead to 16-11, but a three-pointer by junior Sama Taku and a jumper from junior Ross Rivera pushed the lead back to 21-11 with 12:28 to play. Pacific then went cold from the field, missing seven straight shots over five minutes as UCD pulled within 23-21 with 7:29 to play in the half. Senior Colin Beatty hit a pair of jumpers to get the Tigers' lead back to five (30-25), but a pair of free throws by J.T. Adenrele evened it up for the first time since the beginning of the game at 34-34. Senior Lorenzo McCloud dribbled up court and hit an off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer for a 38-34 Tiger halftime lead.
The game was tied at 41-41 two minutes into the second half, but junior Khalil Kelley scored on a tip-in of his own miss to give Pacific a lead they would not relinquish. The game swung in the Tigers' favor a short time later, as Beatty scored five points in an 11-3 run that gave Pacific a 65-53 lead with 7:47 to play in the game. Josh Ritchart hit a three-pointer for UC Davis that cut Pacific's lead to 67-61 with 4:39 to play, but McCloud hit a top of the key jumper and junior Tony Gill scored on a layup to push the lead back to 10 (71-61). McCloud hit four straight free throws in the final 1:30 to seal the victory.
Taku led the Tigers with 15 points, while Beatty (12), McCloud (12) and Rivera (11) all added double figures in points. Ritchart scored 22 points to lead UC Davis.
The Tigers shot 48.2% from the field, including 4-7 in the second half from three-point range. The Aggies were at 44.7% for the game, but hit 10 of 23 three-pointers. Pacific held a 31-28 rebounding edge, including 11 on the offensive end that led to 10 second chance points.
Pacific is next in action with a road game at Cal Poly on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m.