Pacific beats UC Davis 72-57

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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—Chad Troyer scored 19 points to lead Pacific to a 72-57 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night.

Troyer made five 3-pointers, including two in a row early in the second half to push Pacific’s lead into double digits for the first time. Troyer’s final 3-pointer gave Pacific its biggest lead at 57-38 with 4:15 remaining.

The Tigers (15-11, 8-6 Big West) cruised to the finish to defeat Davis for the 47th consecutive time in a series that dates back to 1917. Davis hasn’t beaten its Northern California rival since 1940.

Michael Kirby scored 13 points for Pacific, which moved into sole possession of third place in the conference.

Sam Willard added 11 points, a game-high nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Tigers. Joe Ford had six points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Joe Harden scored 14 points to lead UC Davis (12-16, 7-7). Kyle Brucculeri added 11 points for the Aggies.

Pacific’s lead never fell below eight points after Troyer’s back-to-back 3-pointers put the Tigers ahead 34-21 just minutes into the second half.

Pacific shot 68 percent from the field in the second half, limited Davis to 37 percent shooting, and held a 37-29 rebounding advantage.

The Tigers twice built an early seven-point lead, but the Aggies rallied to take their biggest lead at 21-19 after 3-pointers by Dominic Calegari and Brucculeri late in the first half.

But Pacific answered with an 8-0 run to end the half, then scored the first seven points of the second half to assume command.

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Mark Payne Mark Payne
3-4,  6 Pts
6 Rebs, 7 Assists
Chad Troyer Chad Troyer
6-12,  19 Pts
4 Rebs, 2 Assists

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