Pacific Takes Out Previously Unbeaten Wyoming

Pacific Takes Out Previously Unbeaten Wyoming

Pacific Courtside postgame report, Wyoming

STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific knocked Wyoming from the ranks of the unbeatens Tuesday evening following a 73-65 win in non-conference action. The Tigers improve to 3-0 all-time at home against the Cowboys and have won three-straight overall inside the Spanos Center and five of their last six at home against Mountain West Conference opponents.

The Tigers improve to 314-161 all-time inside the Spanos Center.

Following the seventh tie of the night, Pacific (2-2) put together an 8-0 run in a three-minute span, starting with an Anthony Townes block which turned into a D.J. Ursery fastbreak layup at the 14:47 mark. A T.J. Wallace steal turned into a Jack Williams two-handed flush in transition which was followed by a Townes jumper. Williams made two free throws to make the score 49-41.

Leading 61-60 with 2:50 to go, the Tigers went on a 12-3 spurt to pull away. Wyoming (3-1) failed to make a shot from the field in the final 2:50 of the game and made only two baskets in the final 6:54. Wallace dribbled through two Cowboy defenders and canned a 3 from the top of the key with time expiring on the shot clock to give Pacific a 68-60 edge with just over a minute to play. The lead swelled to 10 after Williams converted the double bonus.

"Late in the second half, we realized that all of us needed to pull together to pull out the victory," Wallace said. "When we got in the huddle, we held each other accountable. Guys followed through with that, and being tough and together helped us pulled out the victory tonight."

Fifteen of Pacific's 18 points off turnovers came in the final 20 minutes, as did 10 of the team's 13 second chance points.

Williams ended 8-of-10 from the free throw line, while Tonko Vuko and Ray Bowles were 7-of-8 and 7-of-9, respectively. All of Vuko's points Tuesday came from the charity stripe.

The Tigers, who lead the West Coast Conference in free throw attempts, made a season-high 31, the most made by a Pacific club since sinking 31 against UC Irvine on Nov. 12, 2013.

Williams tied a career-high with 17 points for the second-straight game to lead three double-figure scorers. 

Wallace finished with 16 points and now has 953 in his career, 47 shy of becoming the 27th member of the 1,000-point club in program history. He was 6-of-11 shooting.

Wallace made two treys to give him 106 in his career, which moved him past former teammates Mike Webb and Alec Kobre into 10th on the school's all-time list.

Bowles added 13 points and seven rebounds.

David Taylor came up with nine points and a career-high eight rebounds in the win. Williams also pulled down eight boards.

Wyoming broke an early tie with a 7-0 run five minutes into the game and led for the bulk of the period.

Pacific trailed by as many as eight points in the period at the 9:40 mark, but the Tigers slowly chipped away and held the Cowboys without a field goal for a 3:30 span. A Bowles steal turned into an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 4:15 mark, as Pacific cut the deficit to 26-23. A Wallace trey tied the game less than a minute later.

Two Taylor free throws gave the Tigers their first lead of the night with 56 seconds left before halftime, but the game was tied at 33 at the break after two Justin James free throws.

The first half was a foul fest, with a combined 31 whistles blown and each team in the bonus before the midpoint of the period. The Cowboys shot 11-of-15 from the free throw line, while Pacific was 12-of-18. Five offensive fouls were called on Pacific, while four were charged to Wyoming.

Each team shot less than 36 percent from the floor in the first half. The Cowboys were just 2-of-14 from deep.

Jason McManamen tallied 13 of his game-high 23 points in the first 20 minutes and was a perfect 16-of-16 from the charity stripe in the contest. Alan Herndon had 17 points and nine rebounds. James added 14 points.

Pacific held Wyoming to just 33.3 percent (18-of-54) from the field and 19.2 percent (5-of-26) from 3-point range. 

The Tigers finished 31-of-44 from the free throw line, while the Cowboys shot 24-of-29.

Pacific made just four 3-pointers but extended its streak to 889 consecutive games with at least one made trey, good for eighth active in the nation.

The Tigers were called for eight offensive fouls Tuesday, while Wyoming committed six.

Pacific travels to Nevada on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT.