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November 27, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Pacific cresting

As noted here the other day, Saturday’s contest with Pacific seemed to lose a lot of luster over the summer when three of the Tigers’ key players were suspended from the team in the wake of a sexual assault investigation.
But Pacific showed on Wednesday that it still has a lot of bite, going into Reno and beating a Nevada team that is picked by most to win the WAC this season 67-59. As this story details, Pacific led comfortably most of the second half.
The win made Pacific 2-1. The loss was a 68-56 defeat at Cal.
The Tigers also have two players who will have some particular motivation for the game — guard Chad Troyer of Seattle Prep (where he played alongside Martell Webster and Spencer Hawes); and guard Terrell Smith of Federal Way.
Troyer, a senior, was an All-Big West honorable mention pick last year averaging 12.8 points per game and hitting 85 three-pointers, most on the team. But he is off to a tough start this season, shooting just 4-18 from the field. However, this game may mean the most of any he will play this season considering his family ties to UW. Troyer’s father, Michael Troyer, lettered as a Husky from 1969-71 and was UW’s Most Inspirational Player as a senior in 1971 when he was also a team co-captain and the team’s scholar-athlete of the year winner. Here are Chad Troyer’s season stats.
Smith, a sophomore, played just 11.7 minutes per game last year and never scored more than seven points in any game. But he’s already bested that twice this season, including scoring a career-high 16 in the win over Nevada Wednesday. Here are his season stats. Neither player apparently had an offer from UW.
Smith and Troyer each started in the backcourt in the win over Nevada.
UW and Pacific have played six times, UW winning five of the games. The most recent meeting was the most meaningful when the Huskies beat the Tigers 97-79 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in Boise in 2005. That was the first of two straight Sweet 16’s for UW.
Tip off is 1 p.m. Saturday and the game will be televised on FSN.

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