STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific's Ray Bowles scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the first half, but Rider used three double-digit scorers to propel the Broncs to a 73-66 win Saturday evening inside Stockton Arena. The Tigers suffer their first home loss this year which breaks a four-game home win streak.
Khalil Thomas posted a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds for Rider (5-3). Jimmie Taylor added 14 points, while Stevie Jordan had 12. Jordan also tallied six assists.
Bowles, who ended the night one point shy of tying his career-high, was 4-of-7 from deep and 5-of-6 from the line to lead four Pacific (3-6) players in double-figures. He also pulled down six boards.
T.J. Wallace scored 12 points and was 4-of-5 from the line for the Tigers. He is now four points shy of 1,000 for his career. Wallace also tied a career-high with six of the squad's 13 assists.
Anthony Townes posted his first career double-double for the Orange and Black with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, as the Tigers outrebounded the visitors offensively 17-8 and 45-41 overall. David Taylor scored all 11 of his points after halftime and was 3-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.
The Broncs shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the floor, 45 percent (9-of-20) from 3 and 14-of-22 from the free throw line.
Pacific was 31.4 percent (22-of-70) shooting and 33.3 percent (8-of-24) from distance, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one trey made to 894. The Tigers finished 14-of-18 from the free throw line.
Pacific committed a season-low six turnovers.
The Tigers scored the first four points of the contest before Rider responded with an 11-0 run in a 2:02 span to take the upper hand for good. The Broncs led by 13 with 6:18 to go before intermission when Pacific answered with a 12-2 spurt, with eight points coming from Bowles, who canned consecutive 3s to trim the deficit to 34-31. However, the Broncs scored the final four points of the period to lead by seven at the break.
Bowles led all scorers in the first 20 minutes with 15 and was 3-of-5 from deep.
Rider built a 16-point cushion with 11:23 to go before the Tigers made a push to cut the difference to two, 66-64, with 55 seconds on the clock. The comeback began with four-straight points by Wallace. All five of the Tigers second-half treys came during the flurry, including all three of Taylor's Saturday. Taylor drained 3-pointers on consecutive series, and a Wallace layup brought the margin within two, but a Tiger foul on a steal attempt on the next trip down the court sent Jordan to the line, who sank two free throws to push the margin back to two possessions, and the home team would get no closer.
The Tigers fall to 0-2 in the Gotham Classic this season and 0-2 all-time in Stockton Arena.
Pacific returns to the Alex G. Spanos Center for six-straight games to end 2016, starting with North Carolina A&T on Thursday, Dec. 15. Tip-off for the Tigers' third of four games in the Gotham Classic is set for 7 p.m. PT.