The Pacific Tigers pulled away from the Fresno State Bulldogs in the second half Saturday night as Andrew Bock scored 17 of his team-high 19 points after intermission in an 86-77 win at the Spanos Center.
The Tigers (4-0) led just 27-26 at the half after shooting a horrific 11-for-32 (34.4 percent) in the opening 20 minutes. Pacific stayed in the game with six offensive rebounds and by holding Fresno State (3-2) to just 11-for-26 shooting (42.3 percent).
The second half was another matter entirely, as Pacific hit 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) from the floor, clobbered the Bulldogs on the glass 20-10 and made their free throws down the stretch.
The Tigers extended their lead to as many as 15 in the second half and Fresno State was never able to get closer than nine after that.
Besides Bock’s 19 points—which included hitting all 12 of his free throws—Pacific got 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists from Sama Taku. Khalil Kelley added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Tony Gill had 12 points and three steals.
Tyler Johnson led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Marvelle Harris added 19 and Cezar Guerrero had 17. Alex Davis blocked three shots for Fresno State.
Pacific visits No. 17 Oregon (3-0) on Friday night as part of the Global Sports Challenge, a three-day, four-team, round-robin tournament that will also include Cal Poly and North Dakota.