Pacifc beats Cal State Northridge, 62-55
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP)—James Doran scored a career-high 20 points off the bench to lead Pacific to a 62-55 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday.
Doran made 6-of-7 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, including back-to-back 3-pointers during a sequence when the lead changed five times in the final eight minutes.
Pacific scored the final seven points after Northridge’ s Tremaine Townsend tied the score for the 11th and final time at 55-55 with 1:14 remaining.
Michael Kirby sealed the win by scoring Pacific’s final four points, and had 10 points total for the Tigers (17-11, 10-6 Big West Conference).
Bryan LeDuc came off the bench to score 13 points and grab a career-high 13 rebounds for his first career double-double. LeDuc had two pivotal 3-pointers during the final three minutes as Pacific outscored Northridge 11-2 to end the game.
Northridge (15-13, 11-5) still clinched the first outright Big West championship in school history after Long Beach State (10-6 Big West) lost 76-75 at UC Santa Barbara. Northridge will enter next week’s Big West Tournament in Anaheim as the No. 1 seed. Pacific is the No. 3 seed.
Rodrigue Mels scored 13 points off the bench to lead Northridge. Kenny Daniels had 11 points for the Matadors, whose reserves were outscored 39-19 by Pacific’s bench.
Northridge scored the first seven points of the game and maintained a seven-point lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half. But Pacific, which shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half, rallied behind the outside shooting of Doran.
Doran scored eight consecutive Pacific points to end the half, including back-to-back 3-pointers that lifted the Tigers into a 25-25 tie at halftime.