Provo, Utah - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped an 88-78 road game at Brigham Young Thursday, Jan. 30. The Tigers dropped to 11-9 overall and 2-7 in West Coast Conference play. BYU improved to 14-9 and 6-4 in WCC play.
"Offensive rebounding was the key to tonight's game," said Tiger Head Coach Ron Verlin. "They did a better job on the boards and it was the difference in the game. We will refocus and be ready to go on Saturday at San Diego."
The Tigers scored the first points of the game on a short jumper by senior Khalil Kelley. BYU scored six straight points to take a 6-2 lead with 16:07 to play and would not trail again in the first half. The Cougars took a 25-16 lead with 9:25 to play after three free throws from Tyler Haws. Haws scored 21 of BYU's first 25 points, and had 24 in the first half. A jumper by senior Tim Thomas capped a 7-1 Tiger run to cut the lead to 29-26 with 6:58 to play in the half. Over the next five minutes, BYU outscored the Tigers 13-5 to take a 42-31 lead and held a 45-34 lead at the break.
After falling behind 49-36 in the opening moments of the second half, senior Sama Taku scored four points to key a 9-0 run as the Tigers cut the lead to 49-45 with 16:57 to play in the game. After trading scores, the Cougars went on a 12-0 run to push the lead up to 16 (63-47) with 11:58 to play in the game. A three-point play by senior Andrew Bock took it back to 11 (63-52) with 10:58 to go, but a 20-8 stretch gave BYU an 83-60 lead with 4:45 to go. Pacific outscored BYU 18-5 the rest of the way, but held on for a 10-point victory.
Senior Tony Gill led the Tigers with 15 points, while Bock scored 13. Haws led all players with 38. Pacific shot 53.2% from the field, but had 14 turnovers. BYU out-rebounded the Tigers 35-24, including 17 offensive boards. BYU outscored the Tigers 22-6 in second chance points.
The Tigers are next in action with a road game at San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 1. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. (PST) start and is the WCC Game of the Week.