Pacific 81, San Jose State 63
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—Christian Maraker had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Pacific to an 81-63 victory over San Jose State on Wednesday night.
Maraker reached double figures in points and rebounds for the third game in a row and fifth time this season as the Tigers improved to 5-3 by beating the Spartans for the fifth consecutive year.
Johnny Gray had 16 points for Pacific, which also got 10 points from Mike Webb. The senior guards combined to make 6-of-9 3-point shots.
Kevin Fleming had 13 points to lead San Jose State, which lost its fourth consecutive game to fall to 3-5. Alex Elam scored 12 points and Carlton Spencer had 11 for the Spartans.
San Jose State played its third game in a row without leading scorer Demetrius Brown, who did not make the trip to Stockton because of a bacterial infection.
Maraker scored 14 points in the second half as the Tigers pulled away in the final 10 minutes. The 6-foot-9 senior forward had an open-court dunk to finish a 13-2 run that gave Pacific a 67-50 lead with seven minutes remaining, and the Tigers had their biggest lead at 77-54 four minutes later.
Pacific, which had a 33-14 advantage in points in the paint, shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
The game was tied three times and there were four lead changes before Pacific ended the first half with a 10-5 run to take a 36-31 lead at the intermission.
Gray was 4-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half, sinking 3-pointers on three consecutive trips down the floor as the Tigers built a 20-11 advantage nine minutes into the game.
Elam had eight of his 12 first-half points the rest of the way as the Spartans erased that lead five minutes later.
Gray and Michael White each scored baskets for the Tigers to begin the second half, and Pacific had its first double-digit lead at 47-37 minutes later after two baskets by Webb and a 3-pointer by Ben Pemberton.
Pacific’s lead never fell below six points the rest of the way.