Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 93-80 West Coast Conference home game to Brigham Young on Thursday, Jan. 15. The Tigers fell to 9-9, 1-5 in WCC action, while the Cougars improved to 15-5 and 5-2 in WCC play.
The game opened with a fast pace, as the Cougars took an 8-4 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Tigers played catch up the whole game, as an Alec Kobre jumper pulled the team within one (20-19) with 10:56 left in the first half. After BYU pulled back ahead by four, the Tigers cut it to two three times in the next five minutes after a jumper from Ray Bowles, a pair of free throws from Gabriel Aguirre and a jumper from T.J. Wallace. On the next possession, Aguirre made one of two free throws to cut the lead to one (27-26) with 6:05 remaining in the first half. A 10-4 stretch including a three-pointer by Skyler Halford and a layup by Kyle Collinsworth took the lead back to seven, but two baskets in a row from Wallace made it 37-34 with 2:20 left. A 6-0 BYU run ended the half, with Collinsworth getting a layup as time expired to make it a 43-34 BYU lead at the break. The Tigers were 0-9 from three-point range in the first half, and extended to a stretch where they were one for their last 21 over their last two games.
A three-pointer from Halford extended the BYU lead to 12 (48-36) with 18:54 left. The Tigers clawed their way back, outscoring the Cougars 18-10 over the next five minutes to cut the lead four (61-57) with 12:03 left. A Tyler Haws jumper was answered by a pair of free throws by Aguirre, but a 10-0 BYU run took the lead back to 14 (73-59) with 8:19 left in the game. The Tigers would not get the lead under nine the rest of the way.
Wallace led the Tigers with 18 points, while Aguirre equaled his career high with 15 points. Eric Thompson (13) and Dulani Robinson (12) also scored in double digits for the Tigers. Pacific shot 45.8% from the field, but the Cougars were at 53.8% and hit 10 of their 20 three-point attempts. BYU's Collinsworth tied the NCAA record for most triple-doubles in a season with his fourth, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
Pacific is next in action with a home game against San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 17. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m on Super Hero Night and it will be televised by theW.tv.