STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped its Tuesday night non-conference contest with UC Davis, 62-58, despite a stellar final push that tied the game late and gave the Tigers an opportunity to claim its first victory of the season.
With just 1:02 remaining on the clock Pacific's Miles Reynolds made two free throw shots to tie the game at 58-58. UC Davis' Schneider made a clutch jumper that lifted the Aggies to 60-58. Following a missed jumper by Reynolds the Tigers put the Aggies on the free throw line and with two made shots UC Davis was able to secure the narrow margin win.
The Tigers fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Aggies improve to 2-0.
Jahlil Tripp was named the Hardworking Player of the Game, after scoring all 12 of his points in the second half and helping the Tigers eliminate a 17-point deficit. Trip finished four-for-eight from both the floor and the free throw line. In addition, the sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y. totaled team-bests of eight rebounds, including six offensive rebounds, and six assists.
Roberto Gallinat shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from the floor and made four-of-five from the charity stripe to lead Pacific with 14 points on the night. Gallinat pulled down five rebounds and had four steals.
Offensively, the Tigers struggled, shooting 42 percent as a team. Pacific's defense was what kept it close to a hot-shooting UC Davis team. After allowing the Aggies a 63.2 first half shooting percentage the Tigers tightened up their defense to hold UC Davis to just a 40.9 shooting percentage in the second half.
Much of the defenses success was credited to strength on the boards, not only did the Tigers hold the edge in total rebounding, 31-27, but they also scored 15 points on second chance shots.
With three forced turnovers and a block by Anthony Townes, the Tigers held the Aggies from scoring their first points of the game until 15:49.
The two teams remained within three points of each other a majority of the first half, until a three pointer by Jack Williams lifted the Tigers to a its largest lead of four points (20-16). The two squads were tied twice more at 23-23 and 25-25 before UC Davis sank three-consecutive three-pointers, China Monk with two and Schneider to pull away with a nine-point lead (34-25).
Namdi Okonkwo finished the half with dunk at the buzzer, finishing a missed jumper by Williams.
UCD extended its lead, going on a 10 point run to start the second half. The Tigers answered back with a few points of their own, but it was not until the Aggies took another 17-point lead that Pacific started to make its move.
The Tigers rode a 15-3 run that allowed them to come within six points (51-45) of the Aggies with 5:50 remaining in regulation. Tripp played a huge role in Pacific's comeback, scoring six points on from the floor and three from the free throw line in the final six minutes of play, but was he and his teammates were kept from scoring again after the 58-58 tie.
Pacific will remain home this weekend for it contest against Nevada. The Tigers will face the Wolfpack on Saturday at 7:00 pm.