Tigers Fall 82-80 At Home To Cal State Fullerton
March 3, 2011
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Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped an 82-80 decision at home to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, March 3. The Tigers dropped to 16-13 overall, 8-7 in Big West Conference play, while the Titans improved to 10-19 overall and 6-9 in league play.
Five different Tigers scored in the opening minutes as the Tigers used a 10-2 run to take a six point lead (10-4) with 14:17 left in the half. Cal State Fullerton responded with a 7-0 run of its own, taking an 11-10 lead over Pacific. After four lead changes a layup by sophomore Allen Huddleston (Merced, Calif.) and a free throw shot by Eveland put Pacific up 20-15 with 6:44 remaining in the half. However, foul trouble caught up with the Tigers early. Senior Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) picked up his third foul with 8:22 on the clock, leading to Pacific scoring just eight points the rest of the half. The Titans took advantage with a 17-3 run over the final five minutes to head into the halftime break with a 39-25 lead. The Tigers had their second worst offensive performance of the year in the first half, hitting just nine of 29 shots from the field and going 1-for-10 from the three-point line.
Senior Terrell Smith (Federal Way, Wash.) ignited the Tigers in the second half, scoring 24 of his career-high 26 points in the final 20 minutes. The Tigers fought their way back into the game with a 14-2 run capped by a three-pointer from Smith to cut the Titans' lead to 43-41 with 14:51 to play in the game. A free throw by Smith cut the margin to one point (48-47), but a three-pointer from the CSUF's Devon Peltier and a basket by Andre Hardy gave Cal State Fullerton a 53-47 lead with 12:52 left in regulation. The Titan lead fluctuated over the next eight minutes as they had an answer for each Pacific run, then pushed it to an 11-point advantage (77-66) with 4:14 remaining after a 6-0 run. Pacific made a final push, as Smith capped a 9-3 run with a three-pointer at the 1:48 mark to make it 80-75. The Titans broke the Tigers press and scored on a layup from Jer'Vaughn Johnson, to make it a seven point game again. Another three-pointer from Smith and a pair of free throws from senior Demetrece Young (Oklahoma City, Okla.) brought the Tigers within two (82-80). A defensive hold led to one last chance for the Tigers, but Smith's final trey attempt was just off the mark as the Titans snuck away with the victory.
Smith finished with his first career double-double, adding 10 rebounds to his career-high 26 points. Huddleston added 18 points and Young posted 12 points and five assists. Pacific's leading scorer Willard fouled out in a season-low 13 minutes, including just four minutes in the second half. Peltier had 23 points to lead CSUF.
Cal State Fullerton sunk a season-high 11 three-pointers in only 16 attempts (68.8 percent). Pacific nearly doubled their shooting percentage in the second half, hitting just 31.0 percent in the first half and 60.7 percent in the final frame. The Tigers had a season-best eight blocks, including a career-high six from senior Nyika Williams (Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines).
The Tigers are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 5 for their final home game against Cal State Northridge. Game time is 7:00 p.m. in the Spanos Center.