Pacific 61, UC Irvine 50

IRVINE, Calif. -- Joe Ford scored 12 points and Terrell Smith added 11 points and six rebounds to lead Pacific to a 61-50 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday night.

Michael Nunnally had 10 points for the Tigers (13-6, 6-1 Big West). With a fourth straight win, Pacific remained atop the conference standings.

Darren Moore and Michael Hunter scored 11 points each for the Anteaters (9-12, 3-6), who lost for the fifth time in six games.

Pacific led by 15 points several times, the last at 49-34 following a dunk by Smith with 12:23 remaining.

UC Irvine closed to within 57-50 on a basket by Eric Wise with 1:40 to play. But Pat Eveland and Demetrece Young each hit two free throws to seal the Tigers' second win against the Anteaters in 12 days.