Pacific 78, Long Beach State 72

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Christian Maraker and Johnny Gray each
scored 20 points Friday, and Maraker had 10 rebounds, as Pacific
defeated Long Beach State 78-72 in a Big West Conference basketball

Gray scored 11 points down the stretch, including four free
throws in the final 1:10 to lead a Tigers' comeback. Maraker
recorded his ninth double-double of the season, as the Tigers
outrebounded the 49ers 43-34.

Aaron Nixon scored 17 points and Kejuan Johnson added 15 for the
49ers (6-8, 1-2).

Pacific (11-5, 2-1) has now won four of five and defeated the
49ers five consecutive times dating to February 2003.

It looked like that streak was about to end with the Tigers
trailing 64-58 with 6:30 remaining, but then Pacific went on a 20-8

The Tigers had led 39-35 at halftime