Freshman T.J. Wallace knocked down six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 22 points Saturday, leading the Pacific Tigers to an 82-72 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions at Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Wallace scored 12 points off the bench in the first half to lead the Tigers (13-10, 4-8 West Coast Conference) to a 32-23 halftime lead. The Lions (11-14, 3-10), who won at Stockton on Jan. 23 by picking up the pace in the second half, tried a similar tactic Saturday, but could get no closer than four points in the second half.
Pacific was able to put the game away in part because of its hot shooting in the second half. The Tigers were 12-for-19 in the second half and were able to hold off LMU, which heated up to 17-for-30 after the break.
Evan Payne scored 18 points to lead the Lions. Anthony Ireland added 17 points and four assists, Gabe Levin scored 15 points to go with six rebounds and C.J. Blackwell had 12 points. Nick Stover also had four assists for LMU.
Pacific was 25-for-50 (50 percent) overall, 11-for-26 (42.3 percent) from 3-point range and 21-for-26 (80.8 percent) from the free-throw line. Loyola Marymount was 25-for-55 (45.5 percent), 9-for-21 (42.9 percent) and 13-for-16 (81.3 percent).
The Tigers had a 32-26 edge on the glass and committed 11 turnovers, leading to eight points, while The Lions gave it away 13 times, contributing to 14 Pacific points.
The Tigers host BYU on Thursday at 8 p.m. Pacific.