The Pacific Tigers lost to the Princeton Tigers 83-58 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Princeton (9-1) used a 16-2 first-half run to surge ahead 19-9 at the 13:44 mark before taking a 45-30 lead into intermission. Princeton then used a 16-6 rally to blow the lead up to 56-34 with 15:47 left in the game. Princeton stretched the lead to 79-49 at one point, as the game was never in doubt in the second stanza.
Pacific’s (8-2) Sama Taku led with 12 points, with T.J. Wallace adding 10 points, including seven in the second half. Khalil Kelley led the Tigers with eight rebounds, but Pacific had a paltry two assists for the entire game.
Princeton scorched the nets for a season-high 18 3-pointers, to go along with 22 assists. Princeton was led by T.J. Bray (22 points), Hans Brase (13 points), and Spencer Weisz (12 points). Will Barrett pulled down five rebounds to lead the Tigers, while Bray dished out a game-high eight assists.
Pacific shot 42.0 percent (21-of-50) from the field, 25.0 percent (3-of-12) behind the three-point arc, and 68.4 percent (13-of-19) from the charity stripe. Pacific out-boarded Princeton 31-30.
Princeton shot 50.9 percent (27-of-53) from the field, 46.2 percent (18-of-39) behind the three-point line, and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the free throw line.
Pacific resumes play in the Holiday Hoops Classic Saturday with a tussle against Bradley at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Tip off is 5:30 p.m. Pacific.