Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 70-55 decision to San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers fell to 14-11 overall, 5-9 in West Coast Conference play. The Toreros improved to 14-14, 5-10 in WCC action.
"I was very disappointed in our effort tonight," said Pacific Head Coach Ron Verlin. "I love every one of the guys on our team, we just need to bring all we have every night. Tomorrow is another day, and we'll get back after it."
After falling behind 4-0, seniors Sama Taku and Andrew Bock hit three-pointers to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead with 17:37 to go. San Diego took the lead back with an 8-0 run, with a 12-6 advantage at the 14:49 mark. A pair of free throws from senior Ross Rivera made it a 17-12 San Diego advantage, then the Toreros went on a huge run. USD outscored the Tigers 27-11 over the final 10 minutes to finish with a 44-23 lead at the half.
The Tigers outscored USD 8-0 to open the second half, to cut the Toreros' lead to 44-31 just three minutes into the second half. San Diego responded with 11 straight of it's own to make it 54-31 with 16:00 minutes left. With USD leading 66-46 at the 6:43 mark, senior Tony Gill scored five straight on a layup and a three-pointer to close the gap to 66-51 with 2:48 left. Pacific could not get any closer, as San Diego closed out the victory.
Gill scored 16 points to lead the Tigers, while Taku added 15 points. Pacific shot just 38.3% from the field and hit just 3 of 15 three-point attempts (20.0%). The Tigers scored a season-low 55 in the loss. The Toreros were 20-41 from the field (48.8%) and 9-16 from three-point range (56.3%). San Diego held a 36-22 rebounding advantage.
Pacific is next in action with a road game on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Santa Clara. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip and will be carried by TheW.tv.