Tigers Drop Road Contest At BYU

Gabriel Aguirre (photo by Keith Sanpei)
Gabriel Aguirre (photo by Keith Sanpei)

Provo, Utah - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped an 84-59 decision at BYU on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Tigers dropped to 10-16, 2-12 in WCC action, while BYU improved to 20-8 and 10-5 in WCC play.

The teams traded the lead 11 times in the first half and were tied six times. T.J. Wallace got it going early for the Tigers, hitting three of his first four shots in the first four minutes as Pacific took and early 8-5 lead. BYU scored seven straight, to take the lead back at 12-8 with 12:57 to play in the half. Two straight three-pointers by Dulani Robinson gave the Tigers a 14-12 lead, but the Cougars used an 11-4 stretch to take a 23-18 lead with 7:28 to play. Six straight by the Tigers, including three points from Eric Thompson, gave the Tigers a 24-23 lead with 4:44 to play. With the Tigers trailing again, Aguirre scored on a jumper and Ray Bowles had a steal and a layup to put the Tigers ahead 28-27 with 2:46 to play. A three-pointer by BYU's Chase Fischer made it 30-28 and the Cougars had a 33-30 halftime lead.

The second half was tightly contested as well, until a technical foul changed the complexion of the game. In the early moments of the final 20 minutes, BYU took the lead back to five (43-38), but a three-pointer by David Taylor and a jumper by Robinson evened it up for the seventh time at 43-43 with 14:27 to play. The Cougars again pulled ahead by five (49-44), but two more three-pointers by Taylor gave the Tigers their final lead at 50-49 with 11:01 to play. BYU then scored five straight to regain the lead, but after a made jumper by Skyler Halford, a technical foul was called on Jacob Lampkin. It took away the Tigers' possession, giving BYU a pair of free throws (both made) and the ball out of bounds. The 5-0 run became a 14-0 run over three minutes, giving the Cougars a 63-50 lead with 8:32 remaining. A Wallace trey and an Aguirre jumper cut it back to eight (63-55), but another 7-2 stretch made it 70-57. Thompson scored on a short jumper to make it 70-59 with 4:47 to play, but the Tigers would not score again. BYU finished the game with another 14-0 run.

Aguirre led the Tigers with 14 points and six rebounds. Robinson (12), Thompson (11) and Taylor (11) also scored in double figures for Pacific. The Tigers shot just 36.9% from the field, and 30.0% from three-point range. BYU was 50.0% both overall and from three-point range. The Tigers were out-scored in the paint 30-22, but held a 10-8 edge in points off of turnovers. Pacific was out-rebounded 44-34, though the Tigers had a 16-14 edge in offensive boards.

The Tigers are next in action with a home game against No. 2 Gonzaga on Thursday, Feb. 19. The game is set for an 8:00 p.m. start and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.