Taylor carries Pacific past Loyola-Marymount 77-63

LOS ANGELES (AP) David Taylor hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points on Thursday to lead Pacific to a 77-63 win over Loyola-Marymount.

Gabriel Aguirre came off the bench to hit 5 of 7 field goals and 5 of 6 free throws to match his career high of 15 points for the Tigers (9-6, 1-2 West Coast Conference). Taylor hit 7 of 11 shots, including 5 of 8 behind the arc, as Pacific shot 57.4 percent (27-47).

Evan Payne kept the Lions (4-10, 0-2) in striking distance by scoring 19 of his 27 points in the second half, hitting 5 of 6 shots and eight of his perfect 10-10 from the line.

However, Pacific, which led 36-27 at halftime, shot 67 percent after the break.

LMU was within five before Taylor and Alex Kobre made back-to-back 3s for a 53-42 lead with 12:15 left and the Lions couldn’t stop the Tigers down the stretch.