Gill Heats Up off Bench to Lead Pacific to NCAAs

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Gill Heats Up off Bench to Lead Pacific to NCAAs
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Reserve Tony Gill scored 19 points, Lorenzo McCloud added 16 and the University of the Pacific held off a second-half surge by UC Irvine to win the Big West Conference Tournament championship with a 64-55 victory Saturday night. Pacific earned its ninth NCAA tournament berth, but first since 2006. It will be the fifth appearance in the tournament for the Tigers under coach Bob Thomason, who is in his 25th and final season at the school.

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