STOCKTON, Calif. – Down by 21 points against BYU in the first half, the Pacific men's basketball team battled back to tie the contest six times in the final eight minutes of regulation, but fell short of a victory in Saturday night's West Coast Conference opener.
The Tigers (10-6, 0-1 WCC) were downed by the Cougars (9-7, 1-0 WCC), 90-87.
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- Pacific struggled to stop BYU in the first half, as the Cougars shot 60 percent from the floor and had nine made three-pointers.
- BYU opened the game with a 13-6 run that forced the Tigers to take a very early timeout.
- The Cougars extended their lead by double-figures and with an 11-4 run from 7:01-3:36, they were able to gain their largest lead of 21 points.
- The Tigers answered back with a 13-3 run in the final three minutes to put themselves back within 12 points at the conclusion of the first 20 minutes of play.
- Jahlil Tripp led Pacific with 10 points, while Lafayette Dorsey scored eight points and Jahbril Price-Noel contributed with seven.
- Pacific topped BYU with 16 points in the paint and seven second-chance points.
- A good layup by Anthony Townes opened the second half scoring, putting the Tigers back within 10 points (49-39).
- Ajare Sanni sank consecutive three-pointers at 18:49 and 18:19 to then diminish the Cougars lead to eight.
- Over the next six minutes the two teams would match nearly point-for-point, but at 12:02 Pacific started an exciting 6-0 run that put the Tigers down just three points. Roberto Gallinat scored all six points with four made free throws and a made layup at 9:07.
- At 8:07, Pacific would score three consecutive baskets tie the game for the first time. Sanni drove through the key to sink a layup and then following a turnover by the Cougars, Gallinat scored on a diving layup to inch the Tigers within two points. Kendall Small rounded out the three scores after stealing the ball on an in-bounds pass and laying it up for two points.
- The score was tied on five more occasions — 69-69, 76-76, 78-78, 81-81, and 84-84. The Tigers took thier first lead with Zach Cameron hit 1-of-2 free throws with 3:12 left to mae it 79-78, but BYU answered with a deep three-pointer. Pacific never again led in the game.
- Following two made free throws by BYU's Nick Emery, Pacific had just 14 seconds to attempt at a tie. Gallinat tossed up one final shot from beyond the arc, but the ball hit the right side of the rim and the clock expired on the rebound.
- Gallinat finished with 21 points in the second half, while Sanni knocked down four shots for 13 points.
- Gallinat recorded his second-consecutive 20 points performance, leading the Tigers with 22 points. He finished 5-for-10 from the field and 11-for-13 from the free throw line.
- Sanni scored 15 points on an identical 5-for-10 effort from the field and three made three-pointers.
- Tripp rounded out the double-digit scoring, totaling 12 points. The junior shot 4-for-8 from the field and was a perfect (4-4) from the charity stripe. Tripp also totaled seven rebounds on the night.
- Zach Cameron had arguably his best game of the season, leading Pacific with eight rebounds, while also totaling six points and two assists.
As a Team
- The Tigers out-shot the Cougars in the second half, 53.8% - 41.7% and finished with a 46.3% (25-54) effort from the field.
- Pacific shot 81.6 percent from the free throw line. Three players finished perfect — Tripp (4-4), Dorsey (6-6) and Jeremiah Bailey (1-1).
- The Two teams stacked up fairly even with the Tigers holding the edge in steals (6-3), while BYU edged Pacific in rebounds (35-33) and assists (12-11).
Pacific will conclude opening weekend of West Coast Conference play on Saturday at the University of San Diego. The contest will be the only between the Tigers and Toreros this season.
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