(19) Utah State 60

(20-2, 12-1 Big West)

Pacific 64

(17-7, 12-1 Big West)

    10:00 PM ET, February 14, 2004

    Alex G. Spanos Center, Stockton, California

    1 2 T
    #19USU 37 2360
    PAC 29 3564

    Davis has 18, including clinching free throws

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Miah Davis' steady hand at the free-throw line ended Utah State's 17-game winning streak.

    Davis scored 18 points and Pacific held the Aggies (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) scoreless in the final 3:25 of a 64-60 victory Saturday night.

    The Aggies (20-2, 12-1 Big West Conference), ranked for the first time since 1971, fell two victories short of the longest winning streak in school history. Utah State's streak was the fourth-longest in the nation, but it ended in front of a boisterous crowd of 5,166 -- the largest at the Spanos Center since 1998.

    Davis was oblivious to the pressure of Pacific's biggest game of the season, making four free throws in the final 28.2 seconds to put the Tigers (17-7, 12-1) ahead for the first time since the opening minute.

    "I felt relaxed out there," said Davis, the Tigers' leading scorer. "It was a familiar situation at the free-throw line. I just took my time."

    Moments before Davis' free throws, Christian Maraker tied it with a jumper and two foul shots.

    Pacific, which lost the teams' first meeting of the season in Logan, Utah, won its eighth straight game. Maraker and Tyler Newton scored 12 points apiece, while Davis made all eight of his free throws.

    "Our guys played awesome down the stretch," Pacific coach Bob Thomason said. "Now we've put ourselves in a position not only to have a good year, but an outstanding year."

    Cardell Butler hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Utah State, but he missed two key jumpers in the final minutes. Nate Harris added 11 points for the Aggies, who missed their final seven shots and repeatedly failed to get big rebounds.

    "The part of the game we've been so good at, we weren't very good at (in) the last six minutes of the game," Utah State coach Stew Morrill said. "Pacific did an excellent job of executing in the second half. They're a good team. They found a way to win, and they deserve credit for that."

    Utah State had a 12-point lead with 10{ minutes left, but couldn't pull away. The Tigers got to 60-58 on Maraker's layup with 2:04 left, and he tied it on two free throws with 1:19 to go.

    After Spencer Nelson missed a jumper for Utah State, David Doubley missed for Pacific -- but Davis was fouled while grabbing the rebound, and he made two free throws. Butler missed another jumper for the Aggies, and Davis made two more to seal it.

    "The crowd helped us out so much in the stretch," Thomason said. "The only thing I told the team with about seven minutes left was, 'We're not playing with enough confidence. You're a good team. You just have to play with some poise and composure.' We were trying to play with them like we were holding on the whole game."

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