Pacific beats UC Irvine, 65-55
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—Chad Troyer came off the bench to score 15 points and lead Pacific to a 65-55 win over UC Irvine on Saturday night.
It was the 206th Big West Conference victory for 21st-year Pacific coach Bob Thomason, making him the winningest coach in Big West history. Thomason surpassed Jerry Tarkanian, who recorded 205 Big West victories with Long Beach State and Nevada Las Vegas.
Troyer scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, in the first seven minutes of the second half as the Tigers assumed command. Pacific pulled away with a 16-9 run to push its lead to 56-46 with five minutes remaining and then cruised to the finish.
Bryan LeDuc scored 12 points off the bench for Pacific (14-9, 7-5 Big West), which moved into sole possession of third place in the Big West behind Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State.
James Doran scored each of his 11 points for Pacific in the first half and Sam Willard had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
Kevin Bland led Irvine (8-17, 5-7) with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Micheal Hunter scored 11 points for the Anteaters.
Pacific shot 65 percent from the field in the second half and held a 42-10 advantage in points off the bench. The Tigers had a 38-24 edge in rebounds and limited Irvine to 35 percent shooting from the field.
Irvine twice built early six-point leads on 3-pointers by Hunter, but Pacific rallied to take its first lead at 17-16 on a 3-pointer by Doran late in the first half.
Doran scored nine points during a late 14-3 Pacific run that gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the half at 26-19 before a 3-pointer by Brett Lauer trimmed the lead to four points at halftime.
Hunter began the second half with his third 3-pointer to cut the margin to one point, but the Anteaters came no closer as Pacific pulled away down the stretch.