SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) -- Johnny Gray made five free throws
in overtime as Pacific snapped a two-game losing streak by beating
San Francisco, 75-71, on Wednesday night.
Gray and teammate Christian Maraker combined to score all eight
of the Tigers' points in overtime, completing an impressive
comeback for Pacific, which had to rally for its first road win of
Freshman Steffan Johnson scored 17 points to lead the Tigers
(4-2), who trailed by eight points with under six minutes left in
regulation before going on a 14-6 run to force overtime.
Michael White added 16 points while Christian Maraker had his
third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
San Francisco (1-4), which lost its third straight game, missed
its first five shots of overtime. Armondo Surratt ended the drought
with a driving lay-up with 13 seconds left, pulling the Dons within
72-69 but Maraker and Gray teamed up for three free throws to seal
the win for Pacific.
Surratt finished with a game-high 20 points and seven assists
for San Francisco, which played overtime without its two tallest
players, center Jason Wallace-Carter and forward Alan Wiggins. Both
6-foot-9-inch players fouled out late in the second half.
Jerome Gumbs added 18 points and five rebounds while Dommanic
Ingerson had 14 for the Dons.
Pacific trailed 61-53 with 5:47 remaining in the second half but
went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to tie the game.
Surratt's free throw pushed San Francisco back on top but the two
teams went back and forth from there, exchanging four leads in the
final 2:30 before going to overtime.
San Francisco had three chances to win in regulation but Surrat,
Gumbs and Jesse Byrd all missed shots in the final 10 seconds.
Pacific made seven of its first 11 shots of the game and kept
connecting from the perimeter, building a 30-27 on Johnson's fourth
3-pointer of the game with 5:28 remaining in the first half. But
the Tigers couldn't shake the Dons, who kept pace by making five
3's of their own in the first half.
Four free throws by Gumbs and a 3-pointer from Dommanic Ingerson
highlighted a 10-3 San Francisco run over the final three minutes,
giving the Dons a 39-35 halftime lead.