Tigers Get Road Win At Idaho State

Jacob Lampkin (photo by keithsanpei.com)
Jacob Lampkin (photo by keithsanpei.com)

Pocatello, Idaho - The Pacific men's basketball team held off Idaho State for a 68-62 road victory on Saturday, Dec. 6. The Tigers improved to 6-3 with the win, while the Bengals dropped to 1-5.

"This game was a defensive battle," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "Sami and Jacob stepped up inside defensively either blocking or redirecting shots and grabbing 20 rebounds between them. I was proud of the way the team stayed composed when Idaho State made a late run to close the gap. It will be great to get through finals this week and back to the Spanos Center next week."

A three-pointer from T.J. Wallace started the scoring for the Tigers and a jumper from David Taylor made it 5-0 in the first two minutes. The Bengals then outscored Pacific 11-5 over the next nine minutes, as each team had a stretch of poor shooting in that segment. At one point Pacific was just 1-8 while ISU was 0-8. The Tigers took the lead back on six straight points from an Alec Kobre three-pointer and a three point play by Ray Bowles. A three point play by ISU's Chris Hansen capped a 7-2 stretch to tie it up at 18-18. Six points from Wallace, four from the free throw line, keyed an 11-4 run to finish the half as the Tigers owned a 29-22 lead at the break.

Bowles scored the first four points of the second half as the Tigers started out 7-2 to take a 36-24 lead with 16:24 to play in the game. Marcus Bradley then scored five points in a quick 8-0 run to make it 36-32 with 14:54 to go. A jumper by ISU's Nnamdi Ezenwa cut it to three (42-39), but the Tigers responded with seven straight points, including three-pointers from Kobre and Bowles to get the lead back to 49-39 with 10:00 left. Pacific led 57-46 with 5:27 left, when ISU made a final run at the Tigers. Five Bengals scored in a 9-0 run to cut the lead back to 57-55 with 2:05 left, as ISU held Pacific to 0-4 shooting and scoreless for over three minutes. A pair of free throws from Wallace and a pair of layups from Jacob Lampkin, one following an offensive rebound, put the Tigers back up seven (63-56) with :47 to play. The Tigers went five for six down the stretch from the free throw line, including four from Dulani Robinson to seal the victory.

Wallace led the Tigers with 19 points and four assists, hitting eight of 11 from the free throw line. Robinson added 13 points, hitting four big free throws in the final minute and Bowles added 11 points. Eleraky had 10 rebounds and a career-high five blocks, the most blocks by a Tiger since Nyika Williams had six in a game in 2011. Lampkin had eight points and 10 rebounds, giving him 28 boards in the last three games.

The Tigers shot 42.0% from the field, holding the Bengals to 39.3% and 15.8% from three-point range. Pacific held a 42-32 rebounding edge and shot 58.1% from the free throw line.

Pacific is next in action with five straight games at the Alex G. Spanos Center, beginning with a game on Sunday, Dec. 14 against Western Michigan. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m.