Andrew Bock hit four free throws in the late going as the Pacific Tigers closed out their return to the West Coast Conference with a 68-65 win over the Portland Pilots Saturday at the Spanos Center.
Bock put the Tigers ahead for good with a pair of free throws with three seconds left and Aaron Short sealed the deal with a steal and two free throws with a second remaining.
The Pilots (15-15, 7-11) went on a 10-0 run to take a first-half lead and went into intermission up 33-29, building their lead to 10 points before Pacific rallied.
Harris had 19 points for the Tigers and Bock added 11 points and six assists. Gill had seven rebounds.
Portland was 23-for-51 (45.1 percent) overall, 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-17 (82.4 percent) from the free throw line. Pacific was 23-for-57 (40.4 percent), 10-for-25 (40 percent) and 12-for-13 (92.3 percent).
The Tigers had a 34-30 rebounding advantage and both teams took good care of the ball—Pacific had six turnovers and the Pilots committed only seven.
Pacific will play on Thursday in the opening round of the WCC tournament in Las Vegas, but it is not yet determined whether the Tigers will be the eighth or ninth seed. They will either play Santa Clara or Loyola Marymount.