Pacific 73, Fresno State 70
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) _ Adam Jacobsen scored 22 points and Pacific withstood Fresno State’s second-half rally for a 73-70 victory Saturday night, beating a Jerry Tarkanian-coached for only the second time in 31 meetings.
Monty Owens and Charles Jones each had 13 points for Pacific (2-1), which had lost its previous 27 games against Tarkanian teams, going 0-24 while he coached at UNLV and 1-5 while he coached at Long Beach State. The Tigers’ only previous victory against a Tarkanian team was a 104-86 victory over Long Beach State in 1972.
Dominick Young’s 22 points led the Bull Dogs (3-3). Kendric Brooks added 13 points, all in the second half.
Down by 11 at halftime and 39-30 after a jumper from the top of the key by Jacobsen, Fresno State put together an 8-0 burst, including consecutive 3-pointers by Young and DeAndre Austin to pull to 39-38 with 13:44 left.
Fresno State went in front 58-57 on a bank shot by Darnell McCulloch with 5:37 left but Vic Trierweiler answered with a slam to begin an 8-0 Pacific run. The Bull Dogs fought back to within 67-64 on Rahsaan Smith’s putback with 1:58 left and 72-70 after Young hit his sixth 3-pointer with eight seconds left.
But Charles Jones then made one of two free throws and Young’s desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer hit the glass and bounced away.
Jacobsen scored eight of his points in the first half, including a 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to culminate a 9-2 burst by the Tigers for a 31-20 halftime lead.
Fresno State, which shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half, pulled into a 14-all tie as Young made three straight 3-pointers but the Bull Dogs then went 7:23 without a basket.
Rayne Mahaffey, meantime, capped an 8-0 Pacific run with a layup and a slam for a 22-14 lead with 7:14 left in the opening half.
Darrnaryl Stamps’ layup snapped Fresno State’s scoring drought.