STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team snagged its first West Coast Conference (WCC) victory Saturday night, defeating the Loyola Marymount Lions 88-82 in overtime.
The win marked the program's first overtime victory dating back to the Tigers' 73-72 decision against Santa Clara on Dec. 21, 2015.
Pacific is now 6-9 overall, 1-1 in conference play. The Lions fall to 5-9, 0-2 against their WCC foes.
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- Loyola Marymount took the lead first after a made three-pointer by Steven Haney. Roberto Gallinat evened the score after being fouled at the three point line.
- Gallinat then scored the Tigers next three points to take a lead that was unrelinquished until the 1:50 mark in the first half.
- LMU went on a 7-2 run in the final two minutes to take a five point (38-33) lead to wrap up the first 20 minutes of play.
- Gallinat was the only player to score in double digits in the first half, going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and 4-for-5 from the free throw line.
- A three point play by Miles Reynolds tied the game (49-49) for the third time. The two teams would never hold larger than a five point edge over one another again, tying the game six more times, including a 66-66 tie to end regulation.
- Namdi Okonkwo scored six of his 11 total points in the third period, while also totaling three rebounds and two blocks.
- Pacific out-scored the Lions 5-0 to open overtime play. The Tigers then extended its lead after two made free-throws by Gallinat and a made jumper by Reynolds gave them an eight point lead (77-68), matching its largest lead of the contest. LMU would battle back within four on three more occasions but eventually fell by a score of 88-82.
- As a team, Pacific shot 52.8 percent, which included a 57.1 percent effort in the first half. The Tigers were 28-for-53 from the field, including 3-for-13 from three point range.
- The Tigers made 14-of-14 from the free throw line in the third period, compiling an 80.6 percentage for the game.
- UOP held the edge in nearly every category, including rebounds (34-33), blocks (11-2), and steals (5-3).
- Miles Reynolds led the Tigers with a season-high 23 points, going 7-for-11 from the field and 9-for-11 from the charity stripe.
- Roberto Gallinat matched his season-high of 21 points for the third time this season, also scoring that total at Air Force on Nov. 21 and against Texas State on Nov. 26.
- Namdi Okonkwo had his best performance this season, scoring a season-best 12 points and matching his previous game-high in blocks (5). The senior also totaled five blocks at UC Riverside on Nov. 30.
- Jack Williams finished just shy of a double-double, scoring 11 points and knocking down nine rebounds.
Things you should know
- Saturday night marked the Tigers first win over LMU in the Alex G. Spanos Center since Feb. 6, 1971. Pacific is now 28-29 against the Lions all-time.
- Namdi Okonkwo was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Player of the Game with totals of 12 points (5-5 FG, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, five blocks, and one steal.
The Tigers will split home and away next weekend, taking on Saint Mary's in Moraga on Thursday, Jan. 4 and BYU at home on Saturday, Jan. 6.