Stockton, Calif. – A pair of free throws from senior Andrew Bock with :03 remaining lifted the Pacific men's basketball team to a 68-65 home win over Portland on Saturday, March 1 in its final regular season home game. With the win, the Tigers improved to 15-14 overall and 6-12 in West Coast Conference action. Portland dropped to 15-15 and 7-11 in WCC play.
"We played solid defense in the second half and got a big shot clock violation late," said Pacific Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We had a great finish to this game and I am very happy for Trevin Harris, getting a career high in his final game."
The Tigers fell behind 4-0 early, missing their first three shots from the field. Pacific then got it going, using a 9-0 run to take an 18-13 lead with 11:52 left in the half. Four different players scored in the run, including a three-pointer from junior Aaron Short. Pacific then missed five straight shots, as Portland went on a 10-0 stretch to take a 23-18 lead. The Tigers countered with three three-pointers, Trevin Harris, T.J. Wallace and Andrew Bock in a 9-2 run that took the lead back at 27-25 with 3:46 left in the half. A three-pointer from Bryce Pressley keyed an 8-2 run at the end of the half to give Portland a 33-29 halftime lead.
Over the first seven minutes of the second half, Portland built the lead to its largest of the game (48-38) with 13:10 remaining. The Tigers immediately cut into it with a jumper from Tony Gill, another three-pointer from Harris and a free throw from Sama Taku, making it 48-44 with 10:35 to play. The teams traded points on the next seven possessions, until a Taku three-point play followed a Ross Rivera jumper to make it a 57-56 Portland advantage with 3:50 to go. Pressley hit another three-pointer, but it was countered by a trey from Harris. Ryan Nicholas hit one of two at the line for Portland, then Gill hit a corner three-pointer to give Pacific its first lead (62-61) since late in the first half. A pair of Nicholas free throws and a pair of free throws from Bock made it a 64-63 lead for Pacific. Riley Barker then scored on an offensive putback to give the Pilots a 65-64 lead and just :08 left. Bock then drove the length of the floor and was fouled on his way to the basket. He again hit a pair of free throws to make it a 66-65 Pacific lead. Short intercepted a long pass and was fouled. He made both free throws and the following attempt by Portland with just a second left was well off the mark.
Harris led the Tigers with a career-high 19 points, including five three-pointers. Bock finished with 11 points and six assists, making all six free throws. Gill finished with nine points and a team-best seven rebounds.
The Tigers played strong defense in the second half, holding the Pilots to 37.5% from the field, including just 2-11 from three-point range. The Tigers shot 46.2% in the second half and 40.4% for the game.
The Tigers are next in action at the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas with an opening round game against Santa Clara. The time will be announced on Sunday, March 2, but the Tigers and Broncos will meet at either 6:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.