Feb. 25, 2009
STOCKTON, Calif. - Chad Troyer scored 19 points, and Pacific used a stingy defense to defeat UC Davis, 72-57, Wednesday night at the Spanos Center. The Tigers held the Aggies to 21 first-half points and 37 percent shooting on their way to becoming the first team this season to sweep UC Davis. Joe Harden led UC Davis with 14 points, and Kyle Brucculeri came off the bench with 11.
Pacific (15-11, 8-6 Big West) opened with a 10-3 lead after the first five minutes of the game. UC Davis (12-16, 7-7 Big West) trailed 15-8 before using a 10-2 run to take its first lead. Ryan Silva started the run with a three-pointer at the 11:59 mark, and Dominic Calegari ended it with a trey with eight minutes left in the half. Calegari's basket gave UC Davis an 18-17 advantage.
The lead changed hands with four straight baskets before the Tigers closed the half on an 8-0 run that started with 4:42 left. In all, Pacific held UC Davis scoreless in the final 5:53 of the first half on its way to a 27-21 lead at the break.
The drought would continue through the first 3:40 of the second half as Pacific built the lead back up to 34-21, capping a 15-0 run with one of five three-pointers by Troyer at the 16:42 mark. The Aggies could not get closer than eight points the rest of the way, and the Tigers led by as many as 19 down the stretch.
Pacific shot 49 percent for the night, including 68 percent in the second half. Both teams shot under 30 percent in the first half.
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