STOCKTON, Calif. – It was a close one for the Tigers Friday night, but the Pacific men's basketball team was able to claim its second win in the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase with its 78-69 decision against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers improve to 2-3 on the season, while Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) is still in search of its first win of the 2017 season.
Jack Williams was named the City of Stockton Hardworking Player of the Game after finishing with just his second double-double in two seasons. The Porter Ranch product was 5-for-11 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe for 15 total points. On defense he snagged 12 total rebounds, nine defensive and three offensive.
Miles Reynolds had a game-high 20 points, while Anthony Townes (12) and Roberto Gallinat (11) also had double-digit scoring performances. Jahlil Tripp was shut down offensively, but was able to contribute largely to the Tigers defense with 12 rebounds and two steals on the night.
After a bit of a slow start, the Tigers took complete control in the first half, shooting 41.4 percent from the field, while holding the Golden Lions to just 25 percent from the field. In addition, the Tigers hit 14-of-16 attempts from the free throw line. Reynolds led Pacific with 12 points in the half, going 2-3 from the floor and making all seven attempts at the free throw line. Williams also had a solid half, totaling nine points and nine rebounds.
Pacific allowed Arkansas-Pine Bluff to stay within six points until the 7:33 mark. The Tigers went on a 16-0 run that gave them a 34-15 lead with just 3:44 remaining in the half. Pacific finished the half with a 21 pionts edge (40-19) after allowing the Golden Lions just four points in the final three and a half minutes.
Pine-Bluff transitioned to a full court press in the second half, adding a significant amount of pressure to the Tigers offensive game. The Golden Lions forced 14 Pacific turnovers during the final 20-minute stretch.
The Tigers came out of intermission with some momentum as it extended its lead to 27 points (46-19) at 17:10, following an Anthony Townes made free throw.
The Golden Lions answered right back with a 13-9 run that put them back within 17 with 12:34 remaining in regulation. Pacific held Pine-Bluff off by double-digit points until an offensive rebound and tip-in by Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Travon Harper put them within eight at 3:09.
A big offensive rebound by Williams at 2:36 gave the Tigers and inbound pass under their own basket, which Reynolds converted to take Pacific's lead back to ten points (75-65). The Lions stayed close, but were unable to overcome the final nine-point deficit (78-69).
The Pacific men's basketball team returns to its home court tomorrow evening to face Texas State. The Tigers and Bobcats are scheduled to tip at 6:00 pm.