Tigers Fall To Colorado State In Great Alaska Shootout Semifinals

Dulani Robinson (photo by Keith Sanpei)
Dulani Robinson (photo by Keith Sanpei)

Anchorage, Alaska - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 75-64 decision to Colorado State in the semifinals of the Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, Nov. 28. The Tigers fell to to 3-3, while CSU improved to 5-0.

The Tigers fell behind 13-1 in the first five minutes, going 0-5 from the field with three turnovers. Trailing 16-3, Alec Kobre hit a three-pointer and Eric Thompson scored on a layup to cut it back to 16-8 with 12:19 to play in the half. Joe De Ciman then scored six points in a 10-0 run by the Rams to push the lead to a half-best 18 points (26-8) with 9:16 to go. Dulani Robinson hit two of his three treys in a 9-0 Tiger stretch to cut the lead to 26-17 with 6:43 remaining. A 13-4 run by the Rams pushed the lead back to 18 (39-21) and CSU led at the break by the count of 43-26.

Pacific played great defense to start the second half, holding the Rams to just two points over the first seven minutes. The Tigers used their defense to cut the lead to seven (45-38) with an 11-2 run, featuring two three-pointers from Robinson. CSU pushed the lead back to double-digits on seven different occasions over the next six minutes, with the Tigers bringing it back under on the hot shooting of Kobre and Robinson. Kobre hit a three-pointer to make it 61-52 with 6:41 to go, then hit a pair of free throws to cut it to 63-54 at the 4:43 mark. The Rams scored five straight to get the lead back to 14 (68-54), but the Tigers got it back to 11 (68-57) with 1:32 to play after a three-pointer by T.J. Wallace. CSU hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Robinson (26) and Kobre (14) each had career highs in scoring for the Tigers to help the Tigers to a 40-21 advantage in bench scoring. Robinson had seven three-pointers, the third most ever in a game at the Great Alaska Shootout and tied for the sixth most in a game in Pacific history. Wallace added nine points and a team-high six rebounds. CSU shot 68.2% from the field in the first half, but the Tigers' defense held the Rams to 9-24 shooting in the second half (37.5%).

The Tigers are next in action at the Great Alaska Shootout in the third place game. Pacific will play Mercer on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be live on KWSX locally and through KWSX's iHeartRadio site and tape delayed on national television by CBS Sports Network.