STOCKTON, Calif. – Coming off of an exciting win in San Diego Thursday night, the Pacific men's basketball team came up short Saturday night, falling to Santa Clara, 72-68 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers remain fourth in the WCC standings with a record of 9-7. Overall they are 14-15. The Broncos improve t 11-17, 8-8 in conference play.
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- The game was tied eight times in the first half and there were six lead changes in the first 20 minutes of play.
- With the largest lead of the half by either team reaching just five points, the Tigers were out-shot by the Broncos from the field (59.1-46.2) and three-point range (71.4-42.9). Pacific held the edge in free throw shooting (75.0-62.5).
- The second half looked almost identical to the first, with a maximum of four points separating the two teams at any time. The game was tied for the 16th and final time with just 4:19 left to play. The Broncos went on to outscore the Tigers 11-7 to claim the narrow victory.
- In the second half, the two teams matched up pretty close in the paint with the Tigers scoring 12 points and the Broncos scoring 10.
- Offensively, Pacific struggled in the second half, shooting just 32.1 percent from the field and going 0-for-6 from long range.
- Roberto Gallinat was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after matching his career-high 24 points. Gallinat was 9-for-21 from the floor and was four-for-five at the free throw line.
- Miles Reynolds went to the line 15 times, scoring 10 points from the charity stripe and was 3-for-8 from the field for a total of 16 points.
- Jahlil Tripp also scored double-digits on the night, scoring 14 points, while also pulling down seven rebounds and dishing out two assists.
- Anthony Townes led the Tigers with eight rebounds and had a block on the night.
Things you should know
- Despite the loss, Namdi Okonkwo recorded one block on the night to bring his single-season total to 73, trailing second-place George Fowler (74) and record holder Michael Olowokandi (95).
- A win over Santa Clara would have secured the Tigers a first-round bye for the upcoming WCC Tournament. Currently, Pacific is fourth and leads three tied teams by one win. San Diego, Santa Clara, and San Francisco all sit at 8-8 in the conference standings.
The Tigers will split home and road for the final weekend of regular-season play. Pacific will host San Francisco Thursday night at 7:00 pm before traveling to Loyola Marymount on Saturday for a 1:00 pm tip.
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For more information about the Pacific men's basketball team, be sure to follow @PacificMensBB on Twitter. Fans can also have access to score updates, statistics, game recaps and more with the new Pacific Tigers Front Row app available for free in the App Store and Google Play.