TEMPE, Ariz. – The Pacific men's basketball team was overmatched by No. 3 ranked Arizona State, falling to the Sun Devils by a score of 104-65 Friday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz.
The Tigers will head into conference play with a 5-8 record overall. Arizona State improves to 12-0.
In case you missed it
• Pacific was able to hold within 10 points of the nationally-ranked squad for nearly the first 10 minutes of play, but a 9-0 run from 12:05 to 10:46 gave the Sun Devils a 12-point lead that the Tigers were only able to overcome once more throughout the contest.
• An 11-3 run (8:36-5:37) gave Arizona State its largest lead of the half (27 points). The Tigers gained a little ground, finishing the first half at just a 16 point (47-31) deficit.
• The Tigers shot just 31%from the floor in the first half, but out-rebounded ASU, 25-18, to score 12 second-chance points.
• Jahlil Tripp led all players on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds in the first half. Jack Williams snagged seven rebounds.
• Offensively, the Tigers were balanced in their scoring with Anthony Townes, Tripp, and Kendall Small totaling five points, while Roberto Gallinat, Lafayette Dorsey, and Williams totaled four points in the first 20 minutes of play.
• Despite shooting slightly better (40.6 %) in the second half, the Tigers struggled to stop a hot shooting ASU team and were unable to come within less than 13 points after the 18:28 mark.
• Jack Williams and Miles Reynolds stepped up offensively in the second half, each scoring nine points. Williams play was cut short after fouling out of the game with 8:27 left to play. He finished with a team-best 13 points and nine rebounds.
• Reynolds also finished with 13 points after going 3-for-8 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.
• Tripp neared a double-double after knocking down four shots from the floor for nine points and snagging a game-high 11 rebounds.
What coach had to say
Is it a weird feeling being on the losing end of a game in Tempe:
"Yeah it was a weird feeling. I will say this, give ASU credit. I have watched a lot of basketball, when you watch them on television and you play them in person, they have some really good guards. They put pressure on you and they are driving downhill. They can finish at the rim and make plays of that nature. Ultimately, that is how I want to play here at Pacific. Those guys are playing downhill, they are making plays, and they are making their big better. They are doing great things. I probably have said it eight times, if we miss shots and have opportunities to do different things. Our window of opportunity to keep the game close against a team like this is going to pass when we don't make shots and those opportunities. They had us pretty comfortably the whole game, but give or take a couple of possessions in the first half. Jahlil (Tripp) misses a layup, they came back and hit a three we would have had it under ten instead it goes to 15. It is just little things like that."
Why do you feel the team struggled offensively early in the first half:
"We just don't share the ball. We just don't share the ball collectively enough. I got to figure that out over break. There are some things I am thinking about. We are holding on to the ball one pass too long or one dribble too long. When you watch ASU play, whether they are passing or whether they are dribbling, if they are dribbling they are going downhill. They are not playing sideline to sideline. That is one of the things for us offensively and then the fact that honestly we have to make shots. You have to hit jump shots. You have to keep the defense honest. They converged on the lane and did a good job."
The Tigers will open West Coast Conference Thursday, December 28 at No. 12 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are 10-3 in non-conference play this season.