Stockton, Calif. – Senior Travis Fulton equaled his career high with 23 points as the Pacific men's basketball team defeated Hawai'i 80-71 on Saturday, Feb. 16 to pick up its eighth straight home win. With the win, Pacific improved to 15-10 on the season and 9-4 in Big West play. Hawai'i dropped to 15-11 overall, 9-6 in league action.
"This is a big win for us right now," said head Coach Bob Thomason. "Everybody who played in the second half did a great job, and that was the key to the game."
Pacific took a 7-2 lead in the first three minutes, getting a pair of field goals from Fulton. With a 9-6 Tiger lead, UH used a 9-2 run to take a 15-11 lead with 11:46 to play in the half. Pacific evened it up at 15-15, fell behind 19-15 and evened it again at 19-19. The Rainbow Warriors pushed the lead back to five (28-23), before Fulton started a 7-2 run with a three-pointer as the Tigers knotted it up at 30-30 with 1:51 to play. UH finished with a 36-33 halftime lead.
The Tigers fell behind 38-33, before a game-changing run turned the tide of the game. Pacific used a 15-0 run to take a 48-38 lead with 12:52 left, forcing UH into 11 straight misses from the field. Over the next eight minutes UH would cut into the lead, getting as close as seven (61-54), but senior Lorenzo McCloud hit a pair of free throws and senior Colin Beatty hit a big three-pointer to push the lead back to 12 (66-54) with 4:00 remaining. McCloud and junior Sama Taku hit 11 of 12 free throws in the final four minutes to seal the win for the Tigers.
Fulton led the Tigers with 23 points and McCLoud had his first career double-double, scoring 20 points with a career-high 12 rebounds. It was the first time this year that Pacific has had two 20 point scorers in a game. Taku added 13 points, including 10-10 from the free throw line. Christian Standhardinger scored 20 points to lead UH.
The Tigers shot 51.1% from the field, their 10th win when hitting at least half of their shots. The Rainbow Warriors shot 44.6% from the field, hitting just six of 17 three-point attempts (35.3%). The Tigers had a season-high 27 free throw makes, shooting 81.8% from the line (27-33).
Pacific is next in action with a road game at UC Irvine on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bren Events Center.