Pacific Falls On The Road At No. 14 Oregon

T.J. Wallace (photo by Go Chic Photography)
T.J. Wallace (photo by Go Chic Photography)

Eugene, Ore. – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped an 85-62 decision at No. 14 Oregon on Friday, November 29 at Matthew Knight Arena. The Tigers dropped to 4-1 with the loss, while Oregon improved to 5-0. It was the first game of the Global Sports Hardwood Classic.

The Tigers opened the game with a 7-0 start, controlling the game in the early going. Senior Tony Gill hit a pair of three-pointers to fuel the hot start. Senior Trevin Harris also hit a pair of early threes, to extend the lead to 13-3 with 15:25 to play in the half. The Ducks cut it to five (13-8), but a layup by senior Andrew Bock capped an 8-2 run to give Pacific a 21-10 lead. Oregon made another late run at the Tigers, cutting the lead to 29-24. Four points from senior Ross Rivera and a three-pointer from Harris gave the Tigers their largest lead of the game (36-24) with 2:43 to play in the half. Five straight points from Oregon's Mike Moser ended the half with a 36-29 halftime lead. Pacific held a 25-15 rebounding advantage, including nine on the offensive end that led to an 11-2 edge in second chance points.

The beginning of the second half went the way of the Ducks. Oregon scored the first 20 points of the second, which combined for a 25-0 run, as the Ducks took control with a 49-36 lead at the 14:54 mark. The Tigers went without a point for over 10 minutes, until freshman T.J. Wallace hit a free throw with 13:28 to play in the second half. Senior Andrew Bock scored seven of his nine points in the second half, including five that kept Tigers within nine points (56-47) with just under 10 minutes to play. The Ducks then outscored Pacific 6-1 to make it a 14 point lead (62-48) with 8:32 to play. Oregon's lead would not fall below 12 the rest of the way. Oregon shot 78.3% (18-23) in the second half, while the Tigers hit just seven of 22 from the field (31.8%).

Wallace and Harris each scored 14 points to pace the Tigers. It was a career-high in points for Wallace.  The Ducks outscored the Tigers 56-26 in the second half, and outscored Pacific 34-14 in the paint. Oregon was led by 19 points by Moser.

Pacific is next in action with a game against Cal Poly on Saturday, November 30. Game time is set for 12:30 p.m. in the Tigers' second game of the Global Sports Hardwood Classic at Oregon.