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Around the Big West

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Pacific, which has won 22 straight conference games, is second in the Collegeinsider.com mid-major poll. Gonzaga is No. 1. The Tigers received 15 votes in the latest AP poll. … At 2-3, Utah State is off to its worst Big West start since 1998-99. … UC Santa Barbara, recently reduced to seven players by a wave of injuries, welcomed back forward Cameron Goettsche last week. He swatted four shots against UC Davis. … Cal Poly has lost five straight games by an average of 18.4 points. … Idaho has won four straight home games. Vandals senior forward Dandrick Jones didn’t start against Pacific on Saturday because “I didn’t think he was ready to start the game the right way against Northridge” on Thursday, coach Leonard Perry said. Jones scored 21 points off the bench against the Tigers. … It’s never easy on the road in college basketball. Consider: Idaho attempted two free throws to Pacific’s 18. Utah State shot 14 free throws to Cal State Northridge’s 35.