STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team secured its second-consecutive West Coast Conference victory Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center, defeating visiting San Diego, 74-70.
The Tigers improve to 8-10 on the season, 3-2 against WCC teams, while the Toreros drop their second-straight contest to fall to 12-5, 3-2 in conference play.
In case you missed
- Defense played a huge role in the start of Thursday's contest as neither team surpassed ten points until after the 15:00 mark. San Diego took its largest lead of the game in the first five minutes after a made three pointer by Isaiah Pineiro lifted the Toreros 8-5 at 15:59.
- The Tigers tied the game up on three occasions between 15:18-7:17 and did not take their first lead until only 2:24 was left in the first half. Jack Williams sank a three-pointer off an assist by Kendall Small that lifted Pacific 25-24.
- Neither team was able to score again and the Tigers finished the first 20 minutes with their one-point advantage. Miles Reynolds was the only player on the floor to score double-digits in the first half, scoring 10.
- It was a collective effort on the boards with three players — Jahlil Tripp, Jack Williams and Reynolds each pulling down three rebounds in the half.
- The Tigers stepped their game up in the second half, holding the edge in steals (4-1), points on turnovers (10-2), second chance points (4-3) and bench points (16-2).
- San Diego tied the game for the fifth time less than two minutes into the second half and after two more tie scores the Toreros would take their final lead of the game (40-39) at 12:04. Reynolds and Tripp answered right back with consecutive made jumpers to start a 23-11 run which gave the Tigers their largest advantage of 13 points (63-50).
- With just 1:20 remaining Toreros Tyler Williams scored nine points beyond the arc to add some pressure to the Tigers game.
- Pacific went 9-for-9 at the free throw line in the final 46 seconds to finish with a 27-for-29 in the half en route to finishing the contest with a stellar 94.3 percent (33-35) effort. Reynolds, Williams, Gallinat, Dorsey, and Tripp were all flawless from the line.
- Miles Reynolds was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading the Tigers with team-highs of 17 points and six rebounds. The junior from Chicago, Ill. finished 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and was 9-for-9 from three point range.
- Jack Williams was also perfect from the charity stripe, making 8-of-8, while also knocking down two shots from the field for a total of 13 points. Defensively, he was one of three Tigers to snag five boards on the night.
- Roberto Gallinat (12) and Jahlil Tripp (10) also finished with double-digit points. In addition, Gallinat had a team-best three assists, while Tripp tallied two assists and two steals.
Things you should know
- Pacific's 94.3 free throw percentage is currently a season-high and is the highest percentage when shooting six or more free throws since the 2013-14 season.
- Thursday's victory marks the program's first consecutive WCC wins since the 2014-15 season when the Tigers defeated Portland on Feb 21, 2015 and Santa Clara on Feb. 26, 2015.
- Namdi Okonkwo continues to crawl up the single-season record book for blocks and with two more against the Toreros his season total is currently at 44, just seven shy of third all-time.
Coach Stoudamire and his Tigers will wrap up weekend play on Saturday at Portland. Tip in the Northwest is set for 7:00 pm and will be televised via ROOT Sports Northwest. Links for live stats and the video can be found at pacifictigers.com.
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