Tigers Use Huge Run To Defeat Sonoma State 83-62

T.J. Wallace (photo by Keith Sanpei)
T.J. Wallace (photo by Keith Sanpei)

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team used a huge late 29-5 run to pull away from Sonoma State 83-62 in an exhibition game at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday, Nov. 8.

"It was great to see us go on a late run to put the game away," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We didn't play particularly well in the first half. We are a very young team, and this was a good early learning experience. In the last eight minutes we played great defense and T.J. had an outstanding game."

The Tigers started out with great defense in taking a 10-0 lead over the first 12 minutes. Pacific held Sonoma State to 0-7 shooting from the field with three turnovers in the stretch. The Seawolves turned it around on the Tigers though, with a 17-6 run to take a 20-19 lead with 5:25 remaining in the first half. David Taylor responded with a three-pointer to give Pacific the lead back at 22-20 at the 4:49 mark. Three points each from T.J. Wallace and Eric Thompson gave the Tigers a 30-24 lead with just under a minute left, but a JJ Mina tip-in made it 30-26 at the break. Pacific shot 35% from the field (7-20) and hit 11 of 24 free throws in the first half.

Pacific fell behind 38-32 in the early moments of the second half, after the Seawolves started the final 20 minutes on a 12-2 run. The Tigers answered with a pair of layups from Wallace, a layup from Taylor and two free throws from Thompson to reclaim the lead at 40-38 with 14:59 to go. SSU came back with a 7-2 stretch with six points from James Slade to get the lead at 45-42 with 11:39 left. After trading baskets, the Tigers trailed 53-51 with 8:32 to play. Thompson ignited a 9-0 run with a three-point play as Pacific went on a 29-5 run over the next seven minutes to take complete control of the game with an 80-58 lead. The Tigers cruised to the victory from there.

Wallace had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers. Dulani Robinson had 17 points and Thompson added 14 points and eight rebounds. Pacific shot a blistering 64% (16-25) from the field in the second half, hitting 15 of its last 22 shots. The Tigers held a 45-26 rebounding advantage.

The Tigers open the regular season at Western Illinois on Friday, Nov. 14.