MALIBU, Calif. -- Gary Chivichyan hit a clutch 3-pointer with just over a minute to go to give Pacific a four-point lead in its West Coast Conference opener at Pepperdine Thursday and the Tigers held on to earn a 59-56 victory on Thursday night.
Colby Ross halved Pepperdine's deficit with two free throws with :51 left and Jahlil Tripp hit a free throw to give Pacfic a 3-point advantage with :04 remaining. Ross missed a 3-pointer to tie with a second left.
Chivichyan was 4 of 12 from the field, but knocked down 3 of 8 from behind the arc to lead Pacific (13-4) with 19 points. Tripp added 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Pepperdine faces No. 1 Gonzaga in Spokane Saturday. Pacific plays host to Saint Mary's Saturday.
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