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Pacific 64, UC Santa Barbara 36

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Christian Maraker scored 22 points and
grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds as Pacific captured a share of
its third consecutive Big West Conference championship by routing
UC Santa Barbara 64-36 on Thursday night.

Maraker watched from the bench during the final six minutes as
Pacific (21-7, 11-2) put the finishing touches on its 10th victory
in 11 games. The Tigers can clinch the Big West title outright with
a win in their regular-season finale against Cal Poly on Saturday.

Anthony Brown had 12 rebounds off the bench for the Tigers, who
had a 48-37 rebounding advantage and a 24-10 edge in points in the
paint.

Maraker, who recorded his 14th double-double of the season,
scored seven points in the first six minutes as Pacific began the
game with a 22-0 run that was capped by eight points from Johnny
Gray.

UC Santa Barbara (13-13, 5-8) missed its first 15 shots from the
field and didn't score until Cecil Brown's basket with 10:07
remaining in the first half.

UC Santa Barbara, which made just 22 percent of its shots from
the field, didn't have any player score more than eight points.
Chris Devine led the Gauchos with nine rebounds.

Pacific's biggest lead of the first half was 26-2 after a
fast-break dunk by Maraker, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds at
halftime.

UC Santa Barbara made just four of its first 31 shots against
Pacific's sticky defense, and the Tigers held a 35-12 advantage at
the break.

Maraker scored Pacific's first two baskets after halftime and
his 3-pointer and Brown's free throw gave the Tigers a 47-18 lead
midway through the second half.

Pacific stretched its biggest lead to 31 points in the final
minutes.

Pacific went cold in the second half, making 29 percent of its
shots after halftime, but the Tigers kept playing defense, and UC
Santa Barbara finished 13 of 60 from the field.