ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Lorenzo McCloud scored 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting including an 8 for 9 performance from the free-throw line to lead Pacific past Saint Mary's 76-66 on Friday afternoon.
The Gaels will play the loser of tonight's Cal vs. Georgia Tech contest in the consolation final tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. (PT). The game will be televised live by ESPNU. A live audio stream will be available via Gaels Live on SMCGaels.com.
McCloud was one of four players in double figures for the Tigers. Ross Rivera scored 14 points, Khalil Kelley had 12 and Sama Taku chipped in with 11.
Pacific (3-2) shot 53.1 percent from the field and was 21 of 26 from the free-throw line compared to the Gaels which made only 9 of 10.
The Tigers led 32-29 at the break and opened the second half with a 26-10 run capped off by Andrew Bock who sunk two free throws with 6:06 to play to make it 58-39, giving Pacific its largest lead.
The Gaels outscored the Tigers 27-18 the rest of the way, keyed by six 3-point field goals. Beau Levesque scored nine points and three treys during that span.
“As a coaching staff, we knew this was going to be a tough game and it was," said SMC head coach Randy Bennett. "They are a good team and they are tough to defend right now. I thought we lost our composure because we didn't score early in the second half. We let that affect us defensively. I think overall they out hustled and out-competed us.
“It is a concern. You can't lose your composure and quit competing. You have to play through it. Pacific is a good team and they have a good program. We need to identify what kind of team we want to be. We need to do a better job even if are down by one or two. We need to compete at all times.”