Santa Clara, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 70-50 decision at Santa Clara on Thursday, February 20. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 14-12 overall and 5-10 in West Coast Conference action. Santa Clara improved to 12-16 and 5-10 in WCC play.
In a low scoring first half, neither team could get it going on the offensive end. The Tigers took a 6-5 lead with 15:37 remaining after a second field goal by senior Tony Gill. The teams traded the lead five times, as Pacific had leads at 8-7, 10-9, and 14-12. The Broncos then outscored Pacific 15-2 over the next six minutes to take a 27-16 lead. Senior Ross Rivera hit a jumper to end the Tigers' stretch of seven straight missed shots, as the Tigers trailed 29-19 at the break.
The Tigers again started slow from the field in the second half, missing 10 of their first 12 shots from the field. The Broncos built the lead up to 21 (50-29) with 9:45 to play. The Tigers scored on a pair of three-point plays, but Santa Clara hit a pair of three-pointers to maintain a large advantage. Pacific used a 9-1 run to get closer, as junior Gabriel Aguirre scored four points in the stretch to cut the lead to 54-41 with 5:23 left in the game. It was as close as the Tigers would get, as Santa Clara led by as many as 23 before the 70-50 final.
Gill led the Tigers with 10 points. Aguirre scored a career-high eight points in just 12 minutes of action. Pacific shot just 32.0% from the field, hitting 16 of 50 attempts. The Tigers were just 1-9 from three-point range and missed their first eight, with freshman David Taylor hitting a trey with just seconds left in the game.
The Tigers are next in action with a game at San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3:00 p.m.. The game will be carried by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Root Sports and TheW.tv.