STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Christian Maraker had 21 points and 10
rebounds to lead Pacific to an 81-63 victory over San Jose State on
Maraker reached double figures in points and rebounds for the
third game in a row and fifth time this season as the Tigers
improved to 5-3 by beating the Spartans for the fifth consecutive
San Jose State played its third game in a row without leading
scorer Demetrius Brown, who did not make the trip to Stockton
because of a bacterial infection.
Maraker scored 14 points in the second half as the Tigers pulled
away in the final 10 minutes. The 6-foot-9 senior forward had an
open-court dunk to finish a 13-2 run that gave Pacific a 67-50 lead
with seven minutes remaining, and the Tigers had their biggest lead
at 77-54 four minutes later.
Pacific, which had a 33-14 advantage in points in the paint,
shot 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
The game was tied three times and there were four lead changes
before Pacific ended the first half with a 10-5 run to take a 36-31
lead at the intermission.
Gray was 4-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half,
sinking 3-pointers on three consecutive trips down the floor as the
Tigers built a 20-11 advantage nine minutes into the game.
Elam had eight of his 12 first-half points the rest of the way
as the Spartans erased that lead five minutes later.
Gray and Michael White each scored baskets for the Tigers to
begin the second half, and Pacific had its first double-digit lead
at 47-37 minutes later after two baskets by Webb and a 3-pointer by
Pacific's lead never fell below six points the rest of the way.