Pacific Defeats Kennesaw State 69-56

Pacific Defeats Kennesaw State 69-56

Pacific Courtside postgame report, Kennesaw State

STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific never trailed Tuesday, shooting a season-best 51.9 percent from the field in a 69-56 win over Kennesaw State inside the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Tigers have won five of their last six on campus and end the fifth annual Gotham Classic 2-2.

The Tigers improve to 5-0 this season when allowing 69 points or less.

T.J. Wallace scored a team-high 20 points and ended the night 20th on the Pacific (5-7) all-time scoring list, now with 1,048 in his four-year career. Ray Bowles contributed 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-5 effort from distance. Each player pulled down five rebounds. 

Jacob Lampkin nearly had his second double-double this year, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and a game-high nine rebounds for the Orange and Black. Anthony Townes pumped in eight points and seven boards, as the Tigers outrebounded Kennesaw State (3-9) 36-29. Townes also had two blocks and as many steals.

Lampkin and Wallace each dished out four assists. The four assists are a career-high for Lampkin.

Pacific outscored the Owls 36-18 in the paint.

The Tigers shot 27-of-52 from the floor and 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from 3 to extend their streak of consecutive games with at least one trey made to 897. Pacific was 10-of-15 from the line and has attempted double-digit free throws in 11 of 12 games. The Tigers dished out 15 assists, their third-consecutive game with at least 15.

Kendrick Ray led Kennesaw State with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

The Owls shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) from the floor but just 28 percent (7-of-25) after intermission.

The Tigers started the game 7-of-9 shooting with five assists.

Pacific led for the final 18:06 of the first half and by as many as 11 twice in the period. The Tigers used a 9-2 run to separate themselves from the Owls, with six of nine points coming in the paint.

"We got off to a good start in the first half," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "It was by far the closest we've been to playing a 40-minute game. I thought we did a great job on both ends of the floor. We put a lot of pressure on them with Anthony and Jacob. I think those two guys have helped T.J. and Ray out a lot and takes a lot of pressure off those guys. Everyone that stepped on the floor contributed and played well for us this evening."

The Tigers went into intermission up 37-34.

Bowles tallied 11 points in the first 20 minutes on 4-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from deep. Wallace totaled nine points in the first half, moving past Vic Baker into 23rd on the school's all-time scoring list. Lampkin had six points on 3-of-3 shooting.

The Tigers shot 57.7 percent (15-of-26) from the floor in the first half and 50 percent (4-of-8) from 3-point range.

The Tigers started the second half the same as the first, 7-of-9 from the field, and built their first double-digit lead of the frame at the 15:52 mark following a Townes layup. Pacific opened the period on a 19-7 run, as its advantage increased to 15 after a Wallace layup with 11:46 to play. Wallace scored seven-straight points for his team midway through the second half.

Wallace's fifth made bucket of the game three minutes into the second half moved him past Michael Olowokandi and Dave Klurman into 21st on the all-time scoring list. His seventh made bucket at the 11:41 mark moved him past Leo Middleton into 20th.

Pacific's second-half advantage swelled to as many as 16 at the 3:25 mark after a D.J. Ursery jumper.

Pacific hosts Pacific Union on Friday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. PT.