PORTLAND, Ore. – On Saturday night in Portland, the Pacific Tigers (8-10, 3-2 WCC) will have an opportunity to do something they haven't done in nearly five years: win three straight league games. To do so, they'll have to defeat the Portland Pilots (6-12, 0-5 WCC), who will be looking to snap a five-game losing skid when they take the floor at the Chiles Center for a 7 p.m. PT tip off. The teams have split the season series each year since the Tigers rejoined the WCC in 2013-14. Pacific's last win streak of three games or more in league play came in 2013 when they won seven straight games heading into the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers defeated the San Diego Toreros 74-70 on Thursday night to earn back-to-back league wins for the third time since rejoining the WCC in 2013-14. The victory came on the heels of a 67-66 Pacific win over BYU on Jan. 6. The Tigers beat the Toreros despite shooting just 36 percent from the floor while San Diego shot 48 percent. The major difference in the game took place at the free throw line, where the Tigers went a stellar 33-for-35 while San Diego went 11-for-15.
Miles Reynolds led Pacific with 17 points, including a 9-for-9 performance from the line. Jack Williams supplied 13 points and went 8-for-8 from the stripe. Roberto Gallinat (12) and Jahlil Tripp (10) also scored in double figures for the Tigers. Pacific survived a game-high 23-point performance by San Diego's Isaiah Pineiro, who went 9-for-14 from the floor. Tyler Williams scored 20 points on 6-for-9, including 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Portland enters Saturday's contest coming off a 103-57 loss at No. 15 Gonzaga on Thursday night. The Pilots, who trailed 45-29 at the half, were outscored by the Bulldogs 58-28 in the second half. Marcus Shaver, Jr. led the way for Portland with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting. The Pilots shot just 30 percent (18-for-60) from the floor while Gonzaga shot 52.6 percent. Portland was outscored in the paint 50-16.
The Pilots, along with Pepperdine, are one of the two remaining teams without a league victory. Portland was picked to finish ninth in the WCC in the preseason poll and one of two teams picked to finish below Pacific, which was picked to finish eighth.
If the Tigers were to win on Saturday, they would be two games above .500 in league play for the first time since leaving the Big West following the 2012-13 season.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on ROOT Northwest and regionally on NBC Sports Bay Area. Tom Glasgow (play-by-play) and Francis Williams (analyst) will handle the television broadcast. The radio broadcast can be heard online at PacificTigers.com with Zack Bayrouty calling the play-by-play. The radio pregame show will air at 6:50 p.m. PT. Saturday's radio broadcast will not be available on 1280 AM KWSX or via iHeart Radio due to coverage of the NFL Playoffs.