SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sweeps are sweet!
The Pacific men's basketball team defeated San Diego for the second time this season with its 67-55 decision Thursday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
As the end of the season nears the men's basketball team has improved its position in the WCC standing, now with a two game lead for fourth.
Pacific improves to 14-14 overall and is now 9-6 in the WCC. With its loss, San Diego is now in a three-way tie for fifth with San Francisco and Santa Clara, all of which have a 7-8 record in conference play.
In case you missed it
- San Diego opened the contest on a 13-5 run and gained its largest lead of the game (10 pts.) in the first 10 minutes of play.
- After a Toreros 18-8 start to the half, the Tigers were forced to take their first timeout.
- Following the huddle, Pacific went on a 10-2 run that put the Tigers back within two points (20-18). A layup by Jahlil Tripp at 4:09 tied the game at 22-22.
- A four-point play by Miles Reynolds at 1:25 gave the Tigers its first lead of the game. Roberto Gallinat extended Pacific's lead to five (29-24) with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
- Pacific shot 34.5 percent from the field and were outstanding from three point range, making 5-of-7 in the first 20 minutes. Tripp led all players at half with 14 points and six rebounds.
- To open the second half, the Tigers went on a 15-3 run en route to their largest lead of the game (17 pts.) Pacific held a double-digit lead for a majority of the second half, but with a San Diego 11-4 run from 4:17-2:15 the Toreros were able to come as close as five points (55-50).
- In the final three and a half minutes Pacific went 12-for-12 at the free throw line to finish the game with a convincing 12-point victory.
- For the game, the Tigers held the advantage in rebounds (38-31), assists (14-13) and steals (6-4) and out-shot their opponent from the field (40.8-38.2), beyond the arc (57.1-25.9) and the free throw line (86.4-50.0).
- Jahlil Tripp was named the City of Stockton Hardworking Player of the Game with his third double-double of the season, totaling 17 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 6-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the three point line, and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. In addition, the Brooklyn, N.Y. product four assists and a steal.
- Roberto Gallinat scored a game-high 21 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the floor and an 8-for-10 effort from the free throw line.
- Miles Reynolds finished with 13 points and five steals
Things you should know
- Thursday's win over San Diego marks the program's third series sweep this season, also defeating Pepperdine and Portland twice.
- Max Tinsley is six-for-six in three-pointers this season.
- Namdi Okonkwo continues to improve on his season blocks total. With one block against the Toreros he now has a total of 72, which is just three 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).
Pacific will return home Saturday night for an 8:00 pm tip with Santa Clara. The Tigers topped the Broncos in Santa Clara just over two weeks ago by a score of 63-45. Saturday will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports California. Also that night, Pacific Athletics will be giving out Youth Jerseys (presented by Wingstop) to the first 1,000 kids.
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