Pacific is 5-0 for the first time since 1990-91

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The Pacific men's basketball team landed six players in double figures en route to a 101-88 win over Multnomah College in the Boxers' home opener on Saturday evening.  The last time Pacific scored over 100 points in its home opener – 2002-03 when it coincidentally defeated the Lions, 101-88 to start the 2002-03 home campaign.

Pacific raises its record to 5-0 for the first time since its Northwest Conference Co-Champion team in 1990-91. Sophomore Davis Holly (Bend, Ore.) had 21 points, five rebounds and four assists and senior Jay Merriweather (Buena Park, Calif.) also had 21 points and nine rebounds in the win to lead the Boxers. Merrriweather has been in double figures in all five games for Pacific.

Multnomah (2-4) was led by Ben Grandle, who had a game-high 27 - 24 of which came in the first half on eight 3-pointers. Trey Fountain and Brett Blackstock added 18 and 16 points, respectively.

For Pacific, joining Holly in double figures was junior Brevin Brown (Everett, Wash.) with 16 off the bench and seniors Chris Evans (Seaside, Calif.) added 14 and Nate Olowo (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and R.J. Collins (Hollister, Calif.) had 12 apiece.

Facing a one-point deficit, 61-60, Evans hit a jumper to spark six unanswered points by the Boxers, who would lead for the remainder of the contest. Pacific stretched the lead to as much as 13 on three occasions in the second half. Holly had 13 and Merriweather and Brown each had 10 in the second half.

But, where the game was decided in the second half was the Pacific defense on the perimeter. The Lions shot 56.5% (13-for-23) from beyond the 3-point line to begin the game, but a stifling Boxer defense held them to a 13.3% (2-for-15) effort in the final 20 minutes.  

Next, the Boxers will put its five-game winning streak on the line when they travel to Olympia, Washington on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. to face Evergreen State before embarking on the rigors of Northwest Conference play. Just one week ago, the Boxers posted an 87-74 win over the Geoducks in Tacoma.