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San Francisco edges Pacific 64-59

Cole Dickerson scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as San Francisco edged Pacific 64-59 Saturday. San Francisco (18-10, 11-5 West Coast Conference) led 33-21 at half before holding off Pacific (14-13, 5-11) down the stretch. Pacific opened the second half on a 13-1 run, and from there the lead went back and forth until the end. Trailing 62-59 with 13 seconds left, Pacific...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pacific defeats Pepperdine 76-66

Sama Taku scored 18 points and Tony Gill added 17 as Pacific defeated Pepperdine 76-66 on Saturday night. Amadi Udenyi's three-point play gave Pepperdine a 45-38 lead with 17:15 remaining. Pacific answered with a 14-0 run to take a 52-45 lead, and the Tigers led the rest of the way. Pepperdine would get within seven points, 68-61 on Malcolm Brooks' 3-pointer with 3:23 remaining...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland pulls away from Pacific 72-64

Thomas van der Mars scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds to lead Portland to a 72-64 win over Pacific in a conference matchup Thursday night. The Pilots (9-6, 1-2 West Coast Conference) used a 9-1 spurt late in the first half to take a 35-28 advantage into the break, then had to hold off a second half challenge by going 7 for 9 from the foul line in the final minutes to secure the...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Saint Mary's balance turns back Pacific 88-80

All five starters scored in double figures as Saint Mary's ruined Pacific's debut in the West Coast Conference with an 88-80 win Monday. Beau Levesque led the Gaels (10-3) with 18 points. James Walker III, Stephen Holt and Kerry Carter had 15 each and Brad Waldow had 14. Andrew Bock had 23 for Pacific (9-3) and Sama Taku added 17. Saint Mary's bounced back after losing...
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December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific surges past North Dakota 93-76

Ross Rivera scored 19 points and Sama Taku added 18 as Pacific put away North Dakota 93-76 in a Global Sports Challenge matchup Sunday night. The Tigers (6-1) overcame a three-point halftime deficit and surged to a 69-54 lead capped off by an Andrew Bock 3-pointer. They held North Dakota to just six points in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. North Dakota (2-4) closed...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific wastes 1st-lead in loss to No. 14 Oregon

Pacific had 14th-ranked Oregon in trouble seemingly from the opening tip and led by seven points at halftime. Then, the Tigers fell apart. Oregon scored the first 20 points of the second half and cruised to an 85-62 victory over Pacific on Friday. ''I thought our game plan was really good (in the first half). We were trying to get them to slow down and press them. We did...
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November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific-Oregon Preview

Following a subpar showing, Oregon managed to get its high-scoring offense back on track by surpassing the century mark for the second time this season the last time it took the court. Now the 14th-ranked Ducks are hoping to improve on the defensive end during a stretch of three games in as many days. Oregon looks to remain unbeaten Friday when it opens play in the Hardwood Challenge...
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November 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific rallies to defeat Fresno State 86-77

Andrew Bock scored 19 points as Pacific pulled away from Fresno State with an 86-77 victory Saturday night. Pacific (4-0) had four players score double-digits, including a career-high 16 points and 12 rebounds from Khalil Kelley. Sama Taku had 16 points, shooting 5-for-8 from beyond the arc. Pacific led by only three with 11 minutes remaining, but was able to create enough separation...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific overpowers Western Illinois in 66-52 win

Tony Gill scored 19 points and Sama Taku added 16 more to lead Pacific to a 66-52 win over Western Illinois on Sunday. Also hitting double-digits for the Tigers (3-0) was Andrew Bock, who scored 13 by shooting 4 of 5 from the field with three 3-pointers. Pacific was 11 for 11 from the free throw line and shot 41 percent on 17 attempts from beyond the arc, taking a 21-point advantage...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific holds off UC Irvine 84-79

Ross Rivera scored 21 points and Sama Taku added 20 with 11 free throws as Pacific outlasted UC Irvine 84-79 Tuesday night. The Tigers (2-0) shot 40.3 percent from the field and were 31 of 37 from the charity stripe. Despite converting 24 of their 48 field goal attempts, the Anteaters (0-2) found themselves behind by seven late in the game. They climbed back to cut the deficit...
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November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific edges past Nevada in 80-78 win

Tony Gill scored 22 points, including four 3-pointers, to carry Pacific to an 80-78 win over Nevada on Friday night. Gill, who was 9 of 12, got help from Ross Rivera, who scored 14 points, and Sama Taku, who had 13, giving new coach Ron Verlin his first win as a Tiger. The team shot 53 percent from the field and won the game on a layup by Andrew Bock with 4 seconds left. Nevada...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific's Thomason says final home goodbye

Bob Thomason's Pacific Tigers gave their longtime head coach one last memorable win Saturday afternoon, in what will ultimately be Thomason's last game at Stockton's Spanos Center. Thomason was honored for his 25 years as a head coach as well as his service as a player at Pacific prior to the game against Long Beach State, and his team rewarded him with a 71-51 blowout...
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March 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 71, Long Beach St. 51

Pacific made sure coach Bob Thomason's last home game after 25 years at the school was a memorable one, knocking off first-place Long Beach State 71-51 on Saturday. Taku Sama scored 14 points and Colin Beatty had 10 as the Tigers (19-12, 13-5) secured the No. 2 seed in next week's Big West Conference tournament. Long Beach (18-12, 14-4), which had already locked up the...
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March 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 70, UC Irvine 62

Sama Taku scored 15 points, Lorenzo McCloud chipped in with 14 and Pacific used a big first-half rally to put the Anteaters away early in a 70-62 win over UC Irvine on Thursday night. Taku hit the first two shots for Pacific (18-12, 12-5 Big West) and the Tigers went on a 15-3 run in the first 5 minutes of play and led 39-19 at halftime. UC Irvine (17-14, 10-7) refused to go away...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 77, UC Davis 64

Sama Taku scored 15 points and Lorenzo McCloud and Colin Beatty added 12 each to lead Pacific to a 77-64 victory against UC Davis on Saturday night. Ross Rivera had 11 points off the bench for the Tigers (12-8, 6-2 Big West). Josh Ritchart had 22 points and made five 3-pointers for the Aggies (8-11, 4-4). Ryan Sypkens added 14 points and made four shots from behind the arc. The...
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February 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 71, Cal St.-Fullerton 67

Lorenzo McCloud led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points and Pacific turned away several comeback attempts by Cal State-Fullerton in the closing moments for a 71-67 victory on Saturday night. Pacific (12-8, 6-2 Big West) also got 13 points from Travis Fulton, 12 points from Khalil Kelley, 11 points from Colin Beatty and 10 points from Sama Taku. A basket by Kelley and four...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 63, UC Riverside 58

Lorenzo McCloud scored 17 points, had three assists and three steals to lead Pacific in a 63-58 victory over UC Riverside on Thursday night. Pacific (11-8, 5-2 Big West) took a 31-24 lead at halftime and led by as many as 15 in the second half. The Highlanders never led in the contest. Travis Fulton, Khalil Kelley and Sama Taku scored nine points apiece for Pacific, which shot...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 77, Cal Poly 55

Lorenzo McCloud scored 13 points and dished out six assists to lead Pacific past Big West foe Cal Poly 77-55 on Saturday night. Pacific (9-7, 3-1 Big West) shot the lights out against the Mustangs, hitting 28 of 44 shots including 10 3-pointers for a 63.6 percent mark. The Tigers outscored Cal Poly in the paint 30-16, held the Mustangs to just 37 percent shooting and had 22 assists...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific cruises past UC Davis 74-64

Sama Taku scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists in Pacific's 74-64 win over UC Davis on Saturday night. J.T. Adenrele cut Pacific's lead to two with a lay-up, making it 42-40 with 10:40 to go in the game but that was as close as it would get. The Tigers responded with a 15-6 run capped off by Rodrigo De Souza's 3-pointer...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Pacific 74, UC Davis 64

Sama Taku scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists in Pacific's 74-64 win over UC Davis on Saturday night. J.T. Adenrele cut Pacific's lead to two with a lay-up, making it 42-40 with 10:40 to go in the game but that was as close as it would get. The Tigers responded with a 15-6 run capped off by Rodrigo De Souza's 3-pointer...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers edge Pacific in Big West opener

LONG BEACH It took Keala King all of 19 minutes to make an impact in his first game as a 49er. With seven seconds remaining in the Big West opener between Long Beach State and Pacific and the Tigers needing just a three to tie, Sama Taku drove inside and looked to kick it out to Ross Rivera on the corner. But King picked Taku off, forcing Rivera to foul him. King then knocked...
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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Santa Clara 75, Pacific 71

Kevin Foster scored 31 points, including a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining, to lead Santa Clara to a 75-71 victory over Pacific Saturday night. Foster, averaging 20 points per game entering play, had 28 points in the second half for the Broncos (8-2). After his 3-pointer gave Santa Clara a 69-66 lead, he stole the ball and scored to make it a five-point game. Evan...
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December 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Pacific 76, Saint Mary's (Cal) 66

Lorenzo McCloud scored 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting including an 8 for 9 performance from the free-throw line to lead Pacific past Saint Mary's 76-66 on Friday afternoon. McCloud was one of four players in double figures for the Tigers. Ross Rivera scored 14 points, Khalil Kelley had 12 and Sama Taku chipped in with 11. Pacific (3-2) shot 53.1 percent from the field and was...
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November 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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