Pacific had its winning streak end at 16 games Saturday in an 80-76 Big West Conference loss in overtime to New Mexico State, but Tiger Coach Bob Thomason didn’t take it too hard.
“I think any time that you win 16 games in a row in Division I, it’s just remarkable,” Thomason said. “I always told our team that if we were going to lose, make the other team do something spectacular to win. They had to make some miracle shots to beat us. I’m not disappointed with this loss.”
Guard Antoine Hubbard made a three-point shot with 3.9 seconds in regulation to tie the score, 64-64, and then made five free throws in final 13 seconds of overtime for New Mexico State, 11-7 overall and 5-3 in the Big West. Forward Enoch Davis had seven of his 20 points in overtime for the Aggies.
Pacific (16-2, 7-1) rallied from a eight-point deficit late in the second half as guard Mark Boelter made four three-point shots. Six-foot-10 center Rayne Mahaffey led the Tigers with 20 points.