STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped only its second home West Coast Conference (WCC) contest Saturday night with its 71-61 loss to #12/11 Gonzaga at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers fall to 12-14, 7-6 in conference play, while the Bulldogs improve to 22-4 overall and 12-1 in the WCC.
In case you missed it
- There were four lead changes in the first five minutes of regulation, but after 15:16 Gonzaga took its unrelinquished lead. The Tigers trailed by single digits for a majority of the contest, until the 10:50 mark in the second half, when the Bulldogs' Killian Tillie went 1-for-2 at the free throw line to put his team up 51-41.
- In the first half the Tigers and Bulldogs nearly matched point-for-point from 15:16 to 4:50, when Miles Reynolds threw up a three pointer as the shot clock retired to bring the Tigers within three points (27-24). After Gonzaga answered back with a made jumper Roberto Gallinat knocked down another three-pointer for Pacific, bringing the team back within two points.
- Gonzaga went on a 7-2 run in the final four minutes to put the Bulldogs up by seven (36-29) to end the first half.
- Roberto Gallinat, along with Gonzaga's Tillie led all players at the half with 11 points each. Gallinat made three shots from three-point range and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Defensively, the Tigers were out-rebounded, 18-13, in the first 20 minutes. Anthony Townes snagged a team-best four rebounds.
- Pacific would come within five points of Gonzaga on three occasions in the second half, but eventually fell to its largest deficit of 13 points following an 8-1 run from 13:52-8:51.
- A majority of the final 2 minutes and 35 seconds were spent on the free throw line by both teams and while the Tigers made seven of seven from the line, the Bulldogs were also flawless in their attempts en route to their 10-point victory.
- The Tigers made some significant adjustments in the second half, after being outscored in the paint in the first. Pacific scored 16 points in the paint in the final 20 minutes, while also holding the Bulldogs to just eight points.
- Pacific out-shot its opponent in the second half, 31.0% - 27.6%.
- For the contest the Tigers held the Bulldogs to just 18.2% from long range. Pacific shot 41.7% from beyond the arc and 35.7% from the field.
- Jahlil Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after totaling 12 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists. The sophomore from Brooklyn, NY shot 5-for-7 from the field and snagged four of his rebounds in the second half.
- Roberto Gallinat, who currently leads the Tigers offensively with an average of 13.1 points per game, scored double-digits for the second-consecutive game with 15 points. Gallinat made 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
- Miles Reynolds also had a solid night offensively, scoring 13 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the field.
Things you should know
- Namdi Okonkwo continues to improve on his season blocks total. With two blocks against the Bulldogs he now has a total of 70, which is just five shy of taking over the No. 2 spot on the all-time single season blocks list. Currently he trails George Fowler (74) and Michael Olowokandi (95).
Pacific will remain home for one more contest. The Tigers will host Portland on Saturday night at 7:00 pm. Links for live video and stats can be found on the Pacific men's basketball schedule page at pacifictigers.com
The first 1,000 fans will receive a Pacific Tigers beach towel, presented by Valley First Credit Union.
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