Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - TJ Wallace scored a game-high 22 points, shooting 6-of-8 behind the 3-point line, as the Pacific Tigers posted an 82-72 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions in a West Coast Conference battle at Gersten Pavilion.
Also scoring in double figures for the Tigers (13-10, 4-8 WCC) were Andrew Bock with 15 points, Sama Taku 14 and Trevin Harris 12 points, while Khalil Kelley collected 10 rebounds for a team that has won two of the last three.
The Lions (11-14, 3-10), losers of four in a row and 10 of the last 11, were paced by Evan Payne with 18 points, but he also turned the ball over seven times before fouling out. Anthony Ireland responded with 17 points, Gabe Levin 15 and CJ Blackwell 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting behind the 3-point line off the bench.
Shooting just 32.0 percent from the field in the first half, LMU actually led by three points in the period, but that was before the Tigers asserted themselves and claimed a 32-23 advantage at the break.
In the second half Pacific converted a sizzling 63.2 percent from the floor, not to mention 21-of-24 at the free-throw line, in order to captured the double-digit win on the road.
In addition to outscoring the Lions at the charity stripe, 21-13, the Tigers also finished the contest 11-of-26 on the perimeter.