Tigers Cruise To 76-38 Win In Home Opener

Tim Thomas (photo by Gary Jones)
Tim Thomas (photo by Gary Jones)

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team cruised to a 76-38 victory over Holy Names University in the 2012-13 regular season opener for both teams in the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday, Nov. 10.

The Tigers fell behind 3-2 but juniors Ross Rivera (5 points) and Sama Taku (4 points) scored all nine points in a 9-0 run to take an 11-3 lead with 16:56 to play in the first half. After another Hawk three-pointer, six different Tigers scored in a 13-0 run that gave Pacific a 24-6 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the half. With the Tigers leading 30-14 at the 5:30 mark, seniors Lorenzo McCloud and Travis Fullton each scored five points in a 17-3 spurt to give the team a 47-17 halftime lead. The Tigers shot 57.1% from the field, while holding the Hawks to a 22.2% first half from the field.

"We really shared the ball well and played with a lot of energy on defense. I thought it was one of our better halves," said head coach Bob Thomason.

Though the Tigers shot just 37.9% from the field (11-29) in the second half, they still controlled the tempo of the game and had just three turnovers in the final 20 minutes. Pacific pushed the lead to 42 (70-28) in the second half, before finishing off the 38 point win. Eight Pacific players scored in the second half, led by six points from junior Tim Thomas. Ten different players had assists in the game, as the Tigers had 24 assists on 31 field goals.

Rivera led Pacific with 14 points, while Thomas added 10 in his first game as a Tiger. Senior Travis Fulton also pitched in 10 points for Pacific. Rivera and senior Colin Beatty each grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Ian Collins had 10 points to lead Holy Names University.

The Tigers are next in action as they travel to Fresno State on Friday Nov. 16, with a 7:00pm game against the Bulldogs.