Ford's 3-pointer with seconds left in the first half put the Gaels (15-9, 6-3 West Coast Conference) on top 42-39 at the break and they never trailed in the second half. Fitts and Elijah Thomas hit 3-pointers to cap an 8-0 run for a 58-48 lead with 11:49 to play. A few minutes later Ford nailed a 3 and made three free throws and the lead was 13. Saint Mary's had at least a three-possession advantage the rest of the way.
The Gaels made 4 of 6 3-pointers in the second half to finish 10 of 17 from distance (59 percent). Pacific, which made 4 of 5 in the first half, made just 2 of 6 in the second half. After shooting 67 percent in the first half, the Tigers shot 36 percent in the second.
This story has been corrected to show that Pacific shot 36 percent in the second half, not 6 percent, and to correct a misspelling in Malik Fitts' last name in the second paragraph.
North Carolina returns to Sweet 16, beats Washington 81-59
Luke Maye and Nassir Little each scored 20 points and top-seeded North Carolina breezed into the Sweet 16, beating Washington 81-59 Sunday.
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Maye turns block into transition 3
Luke Maye knocks down a transition 3-pointer as North Carolina goes on to defeat Washington to earn a spot in the Sweet 16.