Pacific Rolls Over Cal Poly, 68-57

Johnny Gray scores 18 points


March 11, 2006

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Johnny Gray scored 18 points and Christian Maraker had 12 points and five assists to lead Pacific to a 68-57 victory over Cal Poly in the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals Friday night.

Mike Webb added 11 points and Michael White had 10 points and six rebounds for the top-seeded Tigers (23-7), who will play No. 3 seed Long Beach State for the conference title Saturday night. The 49ers beat second seed UC Irvine 75-73 in Friday night's other semifinal.

Titus Shelton scored a career-high 19 points and Derek Stockalper had 15 points for the fourth-seeded Mustangs (10-19).

The score was tied at 55 when Pacific put the game away with an 11-0 run that put the Tigers ahead 66-55 with 40.1 seconds to play.

Pacific's Anthony Esparza played a crucial role during the run, grabbing three defensive rebounds and making a steal.

The Tigers were ahead 51-40, and appeared to be cruising to victory with 11:41 to play, when Cal Poly went on a 12-0 run led by Shelton with six points.

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