Las Vegas, Nev. – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped an 83-58 decision to Princeton in the Holiday Hoops Classic at the South Point Hotel and Casino on Friday, Dec. 20. Pacific dropped to 8-2, while Princeton improved to 9-1.
"We give credit to Princeton, they passed and executed extremely well tonight," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We got beat by a very good team tonight. With a short turnaround, we need to refocus and get ready for Bradley."
Pacific took an early 7-3 lead after four different Tigers provided points. Princeton then used a 16-2 run over the next five minutes to take a 19-9 lead with 13:44 to play in the half. After Princeton pushed ahead by 14 (27-13), senior Khalil Kelley scored four as Pacific scored six straight to make it 27-19 with 7:31 to go. Princeton led by as many as 16 (42-46), before holding a 45-30 halftime lead. Princeton used a 14-4 stretch to take a 22 point lead (56-34) with 15:47 left in the game. Pacific trailed by as much as 30 (79-49), before closing the game on a 9-4 run for the final margin.
Senior Sama Taku led the Tigers with 12 points, while freshman T.J. Wallace scored seven second half points and 10 for the game. Pacific held a 31-30 rebounding advantage. Princeton hit a season-best 18 three-pointers, while Pacific hit just three.
The Tigers are next in action against Bradley on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Holiday Hoops Classic. The tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.