Hawaii at Pacific men (pregame)

It’s the biggest men’s basketball game at Spanos Center in years as the Tigers face Hawaii in a showdown for second place in the Big West Conference.

With three weeks remaining in the season, the victor would not only have sole possession of second place, but position itself to challenge Long Beach State for regular season conference crown. And because of the Big West Conference’s terrible power rating, the only bid this year will be earned via a three-day run at the conference tournament in Anaheim next month.

Pacific needs usual stalwarts Lorenzo McCloud, Travis Fulton and Ross Rivera to provide scoring tonight to compensate for Hawaii’s size advantage inside. Despite shooting poorly, Pacific played a nip-and-tuck game against the Warriors in Honolulu last month, but faded in the final five minutes in a 60-52 loss. The home crowd — which will feature a nice-sized section rooting for the Warriors — should be enough for improved shooting and spur the Tigers to a 68-63 victory.

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    Bob Highfill

    Bob Highfill has been with The Record sports department since 1990. He started as a part-time reporter/agate clerk then covered the high school sports beat before taking on the Pacific athletics beat. In 2006, he was named sports editor. Bob was ... Read Full

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