Tigers Fall On The Road At USF

David Taylor (photo by KeithSanpeiPhoto.com)
David Taylor (photo by KeithSanpeiPhoto.com)

San Francisco, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped its final regular season game on the road at San Francisco 65-55 on Saturday, Feb. 28 at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Tigers dropped to 12-18, 4-14 in West Coast Conference action, while San Francisco improved to 13-17 and 7-11 in WCC play. The Tigers finished league play as the No. 9 seed for the WCC Tournament and will No. 8 seed USF on Friday in Las Vegas.

"One tough stretch in the second half was the difference in the game," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "I thought we did a great job at the line tonight. Playing USF again in six days is both helpful and challenging."

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead, but six straight points by USF in an 11-4 run gave the Dons an 11-6 lead with 12:39 to play in the half. The teams then combined to miss six shots and commit four turnovers as both teams were scoreless for the next three minutes. The Tigers then scored six straight, getting three from both Eric Thompson and David Taylor to give the Tigers a 12-11 lead at the 8:17 mark. The teams traded the lead four times before USF's Mark Tollefsen scored on a layup to tie it again at 17-17 with 6:13 to go. With the Dons leading 21-19, the Tigers scored eight straight, including back to back three-pointers by Taylor and Alec Kobre to switch it to a 27-21 Tiger lead with 2:11 left. USF scored six straight to knot it up again, before a Jacob Lampkin layup gave Pacific a 29-27 lead at the break.

Taylor and Wallace scored to open up the second half for the Tigers, before the Dons scored four straight to even it up at 33-33. Wallace scored again to pair with a three point play by Thompson to give the Tigers a five point lead (40-35) with 15:14 to play. Kruize Pinkins then scored five points in a 12-0 USF run that gave the Dons a 47-40 lead with 10:55 remaining. A three-pointer by Wallace cut the lead to 49-45, but an 8-2 stretch by the Dons took the lead back to 10 (57-47) with 5:29 left in the game. A three-pointer by Taylor cut it back to seven, but the Dons pushed the lead back to 10 and would hold on for the victory.

Taylor was the only Tiger to score in double figures with 16 points. Wallace had nine points and equaled his career high with 10 rebounds. The Tigers committed 18 turnovers, giving up 24 points to the Dons on points off of turnovers. Pacific was 18-51 (35.3%) from the field, while USF shot 48.0% (24-50).

The Tigers are next in action with a game against USF at the West Coast Conference Tournament on Friday, March 6. The tournament will be played at the Orleans Hotel. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. start and will be televised by BYUtv.