Pacific (16-12) at UC Riverside (6-22)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: SRC Arena (3,168) -- Riverside, California. Television:
Big West TV. Home Record: Pacific 11-2, UCR 5-8. Away Record: Pacific 3-9, UCR
1-12. Neutral Record: Pacific 2-1, UCR 0-2. Conference Record: Pacific 10-5,
UCR 3-12. Series Record: Pacific leads, 19-4.
GAME NOTES: The Pacific Tigers are set to invade SRC Arena on Saturday with
the intention of sweeping the UC Riverside Highlanders in a Big West
Pacific improved to 19-4 all-time versus the Highlanders on Jan. 24 as it
downed UC Riverside, 63-58, at home. The Tigers led by as many as 15 points
despite allowing UC Riverside to hit on 72.2 percent of its field goal
attempts in the second stanza.
Pacific is coming off a 64-55 victory at Cal State Fullerton after a brief
break from conference action for the annual BracketBusters event. The win rose
the Tigers to a 16-12 overall record which includes their 10-5 Big West
standings, which is the second best in the conference. They enter the weekend
three games back of Long Beach State with three to play. Coach Bob Thomason
uses an 11-man rotation that allows his team to stay aggressive for the full
40 minutes. Lorenzo McCloud is pacing the squad with 11.3 points and 3.9
assists per tilt.
Travis Fulton finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Pacific in its
win over the Titans earlier this week. Colin Beatty added 11 points for the
Tigers, who held the Titans to 16 first-half points and stopped a two-game
losing streak. Pacific managed to connect on 48.9 percent of its field goal
tries. The Titans meanwhile, converted just 30.8 percent of their field-goal
attempts to be held more than 23 points below their scoring offense average.
Pacific has the seventh most productive offensive in the 10-team Big West with
a scoring average of 67.6 ppg, but it is third in the league on the defensive
end with only 64.4 points allowed per tilt.
UC Riverside is coming off of a 59-52 setback to UC Davis that served as its
ninth loss in 10 games and dropped it to a 6-22 overall record. The
Highlanders are still stuck at the bottom of the Big West Conference standings
with a 3-12 mark in league action as well. Chris Patton is pacing the team
with 13.1 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting from the field and Chris
Harriel chips in 10.6 ppg. Fox is another solid forward for the Highlanders
with averages of 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per outing.
The Highlanders had shot over 41 percent from the field in their two previous
games before clashing with the Aggies. UC Davis managed to hold them to 37.0
percent shooting and force them into 15 costly turnovers. UC Riverside didn't
do itself any favors at the charity stripe and has made only 11-of-26 at the
free-throw line over its past two games. Patton scored 14 points and Davin
Guinn had nine for the Highlanders versus UCD. Robert Smith grabbed 11
rebounds. UC Riverside shot just 38 percent from the floor, although UC Davis
(42 percent) was only a shade better.
The Tigers played at a very high level in their last outing. They will be a
serious contender to win the conference tournament if they continue to show
the same tenacity on the defensive end. The struggling Highlanders stand very
little chance in this one unless their corps of forwards can produce in a big
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Pacific 67, UC Riverside 58
03/02 10:46:22 ET
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