Pacific Holds On For Win Over Cal State Northridge

Rodrigo De Souza (photo by Gary Jones)
Rodrigo De Souza (photo by Gary Jones)

Stockton, Calif. –The Pacific men's basketball team held off Cal State Northridge 66-59 Thursday, Feb. 14 to pick up its seventh straight home win. With the win, Pacific improved to 14-10 on the season and 8-4 in Big West play. Cal State Northridge dropped to 13-13 overall, 4-10 in league action.


Pacific opened the game with a 5-0 lead, holding the Matadors scoreless for almost four minutes. The Tigers held the Matadors to 2-14 shooting to open the game as Pacific was able to take a 21-10 lead with 6:58 to play in the half. CSUN then scored eight straight points to cut the lead to 21-18 with 3:46 to go. The Tigers answered with a three-pointer from junior Trevin Harris, but CSUN countered with a three-pointer of its own from Josh Greene. The Matadors cut it to one (24-23), but the Tigers scored the last four points of the half, including a steal and dunk by senior Colin Beatty.


The Tigers led by seven early in the second half, but the Matadors closed the gap to 34-30 with 17:42 to go. Pacific then used a 7-0 run in under a minute, including five points from junior Sama Taku, to take a 41-30 lead. Minutes later the Tigers used 9-2 to run capped by a three-pointer from senior Markus Duran to take a game-best 16 point lead (53-37). The Matadors wouldn't go away though, as they scored the next nine points over a four minute span to move the Tiger lead down to 53-46 with 6:29 left in the game. Two quick jumpers from senior Travis Fulton pushed Pacific's lead back to 11 (57-46) at the 5:34 mark. The next four minutes were a struggle for the Tigers, as two missed free throws, two missed field goal attempts and two turnovers resulted in an 8-1 CSUN stretch that cut Pacific's lead to just 58-54 with 1:17 left. Senior Lorenzo McCloud stepped up and scored on a layup with just over a minute left to put the Tigers up six (60-54) and the lead did not fall below five the rest of the way. Senior Rodrigo De Souza hit all six of his free throw attempts in the final :40 seconds to seal the victory.


Fulton led the Tigers with 16 points, while De Souza added a career-best 15 points. Stephan Hicks and Stephen Maxwell each scored 16 points to lead CSUN.


The Tigers shot 50.0% from the field, improving to 9-0 when they hit at least half of their shots. The Matadors shot 38.8% from the field, hitting just three of 11 three-point attempts (27.3%). The Tigers had a season-high 18 turnovers, resulting in 12 points off of turnovers for CSUN.


Pacific is next in action with a home game against Hawai'i on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.