The Pacific Tigers scored the first 11 points of the game and led 23-3 midway through the first half en route to a 66-52 win over the Western Illinois Leathernecks at the Spanos Center Sunday.
Tony Gill scored 19 points and three steals to lead Pacific and Sama Taku had 16 points and six rebounds. Andrew Bock added 13 points for the Tigers.
Garret Covington scored 16 points for the Leathernecks (0-3) and Adam Link tossed in1 5. Michael Ochereovia led Western Illinois with eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Taku drained a 3-pointer just 2:55 into the game that gave the Tigers an 11-0 lead and Western Illinois didn’t score until Covington canned a 3-ball 3:39 into the first half. Pacific answered that basket with a 10-0 run to go up 23-3 before the Leathernecks rallied a bit.
But Western Illinois never got closer than 15 points until Link made a layup with 12 seconds left for the final score of the game.
Gill’s layup on a nifty feed from Taku early in the first half put Pacific up 51-25 early in the second half.
The Tigers return to their home court Saturday night when they host Fresno State (2-1) for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.