STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball earned its third-straight victory Sunday afternoon as they defeated Arkansas-Fort Smith, 105-68, at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Pacific improves to 5-4 on the season.
The 100 point win marked the team's first since last season when the Tigers defeated Pacific Union, 102-54 on December 23, 2016.
Jack Williams was named the City of Stockton Player of the Game after going six-for-nine from the floor, including a three-for-six effort from three-point range, for a total of 15 points. In addition he pulled down seven rebounds.
Lafayette Dorsey led the Tigers offensive efforts for the first time this season, contributing 17 points. Dorsey, a freshman from Los Angeles, was six-for-10, two-for-four from beyond the arc, and three-for-three from the free throw line. Jahlil Tripp (14), Roberto Gallinat (13), Miles Reynolds (13), and Anthony Townes (12) also scored in double digits.
Tripp continues to be a force for the Tigers, securing his second double-double of the season with a team-leading 12 rebounds. In addition, Tripp and Reynolds each dished out a team-high seven assists.
Defensively, Pacific held the Lions to a 38.1 field-goal percentage and forced them to 13 turnovers, 11 of which were converted to points for the Tigers.
It took a bit for the Tigers to gain some ground on the Lions, scoring the first six points before allowing Arkansas-Fort Smith to come back and tie the game up at 8-8 and eventually take an 11-10 lead at 15:32.
At the 15:00 mark a made jumper by Anthony Townes gave the Tigers their final lead of the half 12-11. Pacific reached a double-digit lead at 9:40 after a 13-5 run. With just seven minute remaining in the half Lafayette Dorsey sank at three pointer that started a 19-9 run to give the Tigers at 25 point lead with just under a minute to play.
Pacific wrapped up the half with a 57-34 edge, shooting a stellar 75 percent from both the field and the free throw line. Dorsey topped four double-digit scorers with 12 points in the half.
In the second half the Tigers added on to their already significant lead, holding over a thirty-point lead for the final eight minutes of regulation. At 8:01 Reynolds made a three pointer to put the Tigers up 31 points and Pacific went on to out-score the Lions 15-12.
The Tigers will hit the road again for two games this week. First Pacific will play at Davis on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Then on Saturday, Pacific will face Wyoming at 7:00 pm.