Defense Leads Pacific Past Bethesda

Defense Leads Pacific Past Bethesda

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team defeated Bethesda University, 84-49, in an exhibition contest Wednesday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center. 

Fans were able to get their first look at the 2017-18 squad, which includes a number of newcomers that definitely did not disappoint. 

The Tigers shot 42.3 percent from the field and made 21-of-29 from the free throw line. Returning forward Jack Williams played as expected, finishing as one Pacific's top players of the night. Newcomers Miles Reynolds, Jahlil Tripp, Lafayette Dorsey, and Roberto Gallinat were also stellar in their Pacific debut.

Defensively, the Tigers held the Flames to a 31.4 field goal percentage and held the edge in rebounds (55-30), which included 18-0 in second chance points, and in steals (13-1).

Pacific closed out the first half with a 42-24 lead, taking its largest lead of 20 points at 1:59 off of a made free throw by center Namdi Okonkwo. The Tigers out-scored the Flames 14-2 in the paint and out-rebounded 34-16 (14 offensive, 20 defensive).

In the second half, the Tigers took advantage of 13 Bethesda errors, shooting 92 percent (12-for13) from the charity stripe. Matching their first-half score, Pacific added a 14-for-31 effort from the floor and a 2-for-8 effort from three point range.

The Tigers will travel to the bay area this weekend as they take on Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Fans can watch the matchup with the Cardinal on the Pac12 Networks. 

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