First Half Struggles Lead to 60-53 Loss to UC Santa Barbara

First Half Struggles Lead to 60-53 Loss to UC Santa Barbara

Feb. 20, 2008

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Stockton, Calif. - A difficult first half led to a 60-53 loss for the Pacific men's basketball team against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 17-9 on the season and 8-5 in the Big West Conference. UC Santa Barbara, meanwhile, moved to 20-6 overall and 9-4 in conference.

Pacific took a 6-2 lead three minutes into the first half, but the Gauchos came back to take a 10-8 lead with 13:57 remaining after an 8-2 run. After a three-pointer by junior Chad Troyer (Seattle, Wash.) to give the Tigers the lead back at 11-10, UC Santa Barbara outscored Pacific 15-1 over the next eight minutes to take a 25-12 lead with 4:16 left. The Tigers scored a season-low 17 points in the first half, trailing 30-17 at the break.

The Gauchos held the Tigers to just two points over the first five minutes of the second half, using an 8-2 spurt to take their biggest lead of the game (38-19). Pacific chipped away and cut the lead to 51-38 with 5:28 left in the game, and finished the game on a 12-2 run to get within seven points.

The Tigers 53 points are a a season low. Pacific shot a season-low 30.4% from the field in the first half, and responded to shoot 52.0% in the second half. The Tigers out-rebounded the Gauchos 34-26, including 14 offensive rebounds.

Troyer and junior Anthony Brown (Sacramento, Calif.) led the Tigers with 13 points each. Junior Bryan LeDuc (Corona, Calif.) had six points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

Alex Harris led UCSB with 17 points.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23 as Pacific hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.