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Pacific 85, No. 18 Fresno State 74

December 14, 1997

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) _ Adam Jacobsen scored a career-high 31 points, including seven 3-pointers in the first half, and Pacific defeated No. 18 Fresno State 85-74 Saturday night for its 23rd straight win at home.

Jacobsen, Pacific’s career leader in 3-pointers, continually frustrated the Bulldogs’ pressing defense by connecting from the perimeter.

When Fresno State tried to slow down Jacobsen, the Tigers (8-3) turned to their 7-foot center, Michael Olowokandi, who scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half. Jason Williams added 17 points.

Rafer Alston’s 21 points led Fresno State (3-3), which lost its third straight after opening the season 3-0. Avondre Jones added 16 points and Daymond Forney 14 for the Bulldogs, who shot just 39 percent from the field.

Jacobsen hit his seventh 3-pointer of the game with 39 seconds left in the first half, putting Pacific up 56-38 at the break. Fresno State shot 50 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes but still trailed by 18 as Pacific shot a blistering 68 percent and made 11 of their 16 tries from beyond the arc.

The Bulldogs scored the first five points of the second half but Pacific then began working the ball inside to Olowokandi. He scored 11 points in a 13-4 run, including a thundering dunk off an alley-oop pass from Aaron Woliczko, and the Tigers led 75-50 with 12:27 remaining.

Fresno State hit three straight 3-pointers to narrow the deficit to 77-59 and another 5-0 burst on a 3-pointer by Terrance Roberson and a layup by Alston off a steal pulled the Bulldogs to 81-72 with 1:56 remaining but they got no closer.

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