Maraker, Gray and strong defense down the stretch leads the Tigers to their third consecutive NCAA Tournament

Pacific defeats Long Beach State, 78-70, to claim the Big West Conference Tournament and a ticket to the Big Dance

Senior Christian Maraker notched a double

Senior Christian Maraker notched a double

March 11, 2006

Anaheim, Calif. - Behind huge games from seniors Johnny Gray (Agoura Hills, Calif.) and Christian Maraker (Varberg, Sweden) as well as a strong defensive effort down the stretch, the Pacific Tigers men's basketball team earned its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 78-70 win over Long Beach State in the Big West Conference Tournament Final on Saturday, Mar. 11.

The win moved Pacific to 24-7 on the season, while Long Beach State dropped to 18-12.

The Tigers now await their seed in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Mar. 12.

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