Tigers Edge Pilots, 60-58

Tigers Edge Pilots, 60-58

STOCKTON, Calif. – Miles Reynolds and Roberto Gallinat each put forth career efforts as they led the Pacific men's basketball team to a narrow 60-58 win over Portland at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday night.

Reynolds went for a career-best 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting form the floor and 6-for-7 shooting from the free throw line, while Gallinat pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and scored 15 points en route to his first double-double of the season.

The Tigers improve to 13-14 overall and are now in sole possession of fourth int the WCC standings with an 8-6 record. Portland falls to 10-17, 4-10 in the WCC. 

 

In case you missed it

  • Portland took early control of the first half, holding the Tigers from taking a lead within the first 20 minutes. Pacific kept within five points of its opponent until the Pilots went on a 9-2 run from 6:50 to 1:05 to takes is largest lead of the half (12 pts.).
  • With just six seconds left in the first half, Reynolds sank a three pointer to cut the Pilots lead at half to nine points (31-22).
  • Tigers struggled offensively in the first half, shooting just 36.4 percent from the field and 10% from long range, while Portland shot 50% fromteh field and 40% from three point range. Reynolds led the Tigers' offensive efforts at half with nine points. Defensively, Pacific out-rebounded Portland 16-14.
  • Pacific opened the second half on an 8-2 run that brought the Tigers back within 2 points (33-31).
  • The final 10 minutes proved to be the most significant of the entire night with the Tigers tying the game at 40-40, 42-42, and 44-44 before taking their first lead of the game at 6:46. Roberto Gallinat knocked down a three-pointer to lift Pacific 47-44. 
  • Despite all efforts to hold a lead against the Pilots, Portland continued to dominate from long range, sinking four three pointers in the final seven minutes to put them in position for the win.
  • Following a made three pointer by Pilots' Franklin Porter, Reynolds was fouled while attempting a three-pointer and went to the line for three shots. The junior from Chicago rose to the occasion, making all three shots to tie the game up for the final time at 58-58 with only 00:34 left to play.
  • With 11 seconds on the board, Portland's Malcolm Porter stepped out of bounds under his own basket, giving the Tigers one last chance at winning the game in regulation. Reynolds came up clutch once again, driving to the basket and making a jumper from just outside of the paint at the 00:03 mark. 
  • Portland would have one last attempt at a half court shot, but the ball sailed to the left of the basket en route to the Tigers claiming the season sweep of the Pilots.
  • Pacific's defense played a huge role in its win, out-rebounding the Pilots 38-28, while also forcing eight second-half turnovers for a total of 12 on the night.

 

Notable Performances

  • Miles Reynolds was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Player of the Game for his 25 point effort. In addition, Reynolds had two assists on the night.
  • Gallinat scored double-digits for the third straight game, scored 15 points for the second-consecutive contest. His 10 rebounds helped him secure the program's fifth double-double of the season and its first in WCC play.
  • Jack Williams also snagged 10 rebounds on the night, while also scoring seven points.
  • Namdi Okonkwo also had a strong night on the glass, pulling down eight rebounds.

 

Things you should know

  • Namdi Okonkwo continues to improve on his season blocks total. With one block against the Pilots he now has a total of 71, which is just four 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).


What's Next
The Tigers will split home and road next weekend, playing in San Diego on Thursday night and returning home for its game against Santa Clara on Saturday. Tip-off against the Toreros will be at 7:00 pm, while Saturday's game in Stockton will begin at 8:00 pm.

Follow the Tigers
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.