Robinson's Last Second Three-Pointer Beats Fresno State

Gabriel Aguirre (photo by Matt Brown)
Gabriel Aguirre (photo by Matt Brown)

Stockton, Calif. - Dulani Robinson hit a three-pointer with 1.1 seconds remaining as the Pacific men's basketball team defeated Fresno State 71-68 on Saturday, Dec. 20. The Tigers improved to 8-4, while the Bulldogs dropped to 4-8.

"What an amazing finish!" said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "Credit to Fresno State for making a late run to tie it up, but what a great shot from Dulani Robinson to give us an amazing finish. I thought we played great in the second half and Gabe had his best game as a Tiger."

David Taylor opened the scoring with a three-pointer, then the Tigers missed seven straight before Eric Thompson had a putback and Gabriel Aguirre scored on a layup to give Pacific a 7-6 lead. The Tigers led 11-8 on a short Aguirre jumper, before Fresno State scored four straight to take a 12-11 lead. Aguirre started a 9-0 run that gave Pacific a 20-12 lead with 4:51 to play in the half. After a jumper by Julien Lewis, the Tigers used an 11-2 run to take a 31-16 lead with just under two minutes left. The Tigers didn't score over the final 1:49, as FSU scored the final eight points of the half to make it 31-24 Pacific at the break.

Neither team could find the mark in the opening minutes of the second half, until Lewis struck again to take the Tiger lead down to five (31-26) with 17:24 to go. Five points from T.J. Wallace started a 13-5 run by the Tigers, as Pacific carried the lead back to 13 (44-31) at the 14:29 mark. The Bulldogs answered with a 14-6 stretch, to tighten it up again at 50-45 with 9:10 to play in the game. Five points from Alec Kobre and a pair of short jumpers by Aguirre made it a 10 point Tiger lead with 6:29 left. Lewis scored four points and Marvelle Harris hit a three-pointer to cut the Tiger lead back to 59-56 with 3:59 remaining. Wallace scored five more points in the next stretch to pull the Tigers back ahead by eight (66-58) with 1:45 to go, but Bulldogs came back once again, this time all the way. A pair of free throws by Dulani Robinson put the Tigers up by five (68-63) with 1:09 to go by a jumper by Lewis and a three-pointer by Harris after a defensive hold tied the game at 68-68 with :15 to play. Robinson took it in the front court and made the three-pointer on the left wing with just :01.1 left. The Bulldogs were unable to get a final shot off.

Aguirre led four Tigers in double figures with a career-high 15 points. He was a perfect 7-7 from the field. Wallace had 12 points, while Robinson and Taylor each added 11. Jacob Lampkin led all players with eight rebounds. The Tigers shot 51.9% from the field, including 14-23 in the second half (60.9%). The Tigers held Fresno State to 8-25 shooting in the first half, but the Bulldogs were 15-28 (53.6%) in the final 20 minutes. Pacific held a 37-4 advantage in bench scoring.

Pacific is next in action with a home game against San Francisco at the Alex G. Spanos Center on Saturday, Dec. 27. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. for the Tigers' West Coast Conference season opener.