Hot Finish Carries Tigers
Jan. 21, 2010
Stockton, Calif. - Demetrece Young scored 22 points including a pair of critical 3-point field goals Thursday night as Pacific escaped with an 80-73 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton.
The Tigers (11-6, 4-1) also got 15 points from Pat Eveland and 14 points and 7 rebounds from Michael Nunnally to extend their lead in the Big West standings despite blowing a 14-point second-half lead.
Orane Chin came off the bench to lead a balanced attack for the Titans (8-9, 3-3) with 16 points and 7 rebounds in only 21 minutes of action. Aaron Thompson also had 16 points and 7 boards. Jer'Vaughn Johnson scored 13, Gerard Anderson had 11 points and Jacques Streeter had 10 plus 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Bryce Webster was in foul trouble and did not score.
Pacific led all the way in the first half and took a 40-29 lead into the second period. The Tigers stretched it to 50-36 at 15:48 before hitting a cold spell. Chin made a 3-point play, Thompson hit a 3-pointer and a 3-point play, Anderson made a dunk and Chin made a jumper for a 13-0 CSF run that made it 50-49. Lavar Neufville ended a 4-minute drought for Pacific with a deuce but Chin eventually put the Titans ahead at 55-54 with 9:23 left.
Peltier gave the Titans their biggest lead of the game with a bucket at 62-58 and their last lead at 64-62 on two free throws at 4:35.
Young, who would finish with 6 3-pointers in 7 tries, put Pacific ahead to stay with a trey at 65-64 at 4:17 and 68-64 with another one at 3:33. Streeter scored for Fullerton but Eveland hit another trey at 2:42 to make it 71-66 and the Tigers would go 6-for-6 at the line and get one more trey from Eveland to hold off the Titans.
The difference in the game was 3-point shooting as Pacific made 10 of 20 to Fullerton's 5 of 12. Thompson made 3 of 4.
Fullerton had one more rebound, 33-32, and one more turnover, 9-8. Fullerton made 30 of 64 field goals (.469) while Pacific went 30-for-56 (.536).
The Titans play Saturday night at UC Santa Barbara, which was idle tonight.