Basketball: Pacific Tigers Rally To Beat Portland Pilots In Regular-Season Finale


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.

Pacific (15-14, 6-12 WCC) came back from 10 points down, getting back-to-back 3-pointers from Trevin Harris and Tony Gill with less than three minutes to go to take a 62-61 lead.

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.

Bryce Pressley scored 19 points and had four assists for the Pilots. Thomas van der Mars added 17 points and seven rebounds and Ryan Nicholas had 10 points. David Carr also handed out four assists.

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.

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