SPOKANE, Wash. – It was the second time in a week that the Pacific men's basketball team fell to a top-25 team with its most recent loss coming Thursday night in the Tigers West Coast Conference (WCC) opener against No. 20 Gonzaga.
The Tigers dropped an 81-48 decision to fall to 5-9 on the season, 0-1 in the WCC. Gonzaga improves to 11-3, 1-0 in conference play.
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• Tigers were strong offensively to start the contest, going on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes of the first half. The Bulldogs answered back with two consecutive three-pointers to tie the game at 6-6 at 17:30.
• Gonzaga took its first lead (10-8) at 13:56 off of a Corey Kispert put-back. Tigers kept within 11 points, but were unable to overcome less than a five point deficit the remainder of the half.
• Pacific held the Bulldogs to a 37.5 percent from the field and despite shooting 52.9 percent in the second half, Gonzaga finished below its season average of 50.7 percent for the contest.
• Jahlil Tripp led the Tigers offensively at halftime with six points. Defensively, Anthony Townes knocked down a team-high seven rebounds, while Tripp and Jack Williams each had five rebounds in the half.
• Following the Tigers first made three-pointer by Jalil Tripp at 16:58 the Tigers snuck back within seven points in the first four minutes of the second half.
• The Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run to take its largest lead (12 pts.) Pacific would battle back within 10 just one last time before Gonzaga claimed complete control of the half, out-scoring the Tigers 34-11 in the final 13 minutes of play.
• Depth played a huge part in the Bulldogs victory as they scored 38 bench points, while the Tigers reserves scored just 12 points.
• It was the first contest in which all Pacific players were held to single digit scoring. Roberto Gallinat, who currently leads the Tigers with 13.2 points per game was held to just his fourth single-digit scoring performance of the season.
• Overall leaders for the Tigers were Tripp (9 pts.), Williams (9 reb.), Miles Reynolds (4 assists), and Townes (3 steals). As a team, Pacific shot 19-for-57 (33.3%) from the field and 7-for-11 (63.6%) from the free throw line, while totaling 32 rebounds, nine assists, and six steals.
Pacific will complete its first weekend of conference play on Saturday, when they host Loyola Marymount. The Tigers and Lions are set to tip at 7:00 pm.