STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team continues to look for its first regular-season victory of the season after dropping its Saturday night contest against Nevada, 89-74, at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
It all came down to the three-ball as Nevada hit a program-record 17 in the match, which put the Wolf Pack out of reach offensively. The Tigers shot better from the field 42.4%-40.3%, but only made 25 percent of thier shots from three point range and only 63.2 percent of their attempts from the free throw line.
Defensively, Pacific held its own, snagging 42 rebounds, while also holding the edge in in blocks (5-4) and in steals (6-4). Jahlil Tripp led on the boards for the Tigers, knocking down 15 rebounds, 11 of which were on defense, which helped limit Nevada's second chances.
In addition, Tripp, who was named the City of Stockton-Hardworking Player of the Game, secured his first double-double of the season with 24 points on the night. Tripp was nine-for-15 from the floor, including two three-pointers, and made four-of-six from the charity stripe. Sophomore Kendall Small also had a good night on the court, totaling eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
The contest was only tied twice, the last time at 15-15 in the first half. In the first 10 minutes of the contest the Tigers and Wolf Pack nearly matched point for point, but at 15-15 Nevada went on a 13-3 run to gain a 28-18 lead. Nevada kept a comfortable pace throughtout the half, reaching its largest lead of 15 points at 1:06 following a made three-pointer by Kendall Stephens. Pacific's Lafayette Dorsey was able to gain two more points with a layup at 00:03 to help the Tigers stay within 13 (41-28) when heading to the locker room for halftime.
The second half was all Nevada as they held at least a 20 point lead throughout most of the final 20 minutes. Tripp worked hard to get the Tigers back in the game, scoring 18 of his 24 points in the second half.
Pacific hits the road again next week as they head to Colorado-Springs to face Air Force to open the Men's Against Breast Cancer Showcase. Both teams will serve as hosts for the touranment, which will take place over Thanksgiving week. For more information on the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase click here.