STOCKTON, Calif. - T.J. Wallace became the 27th player in Pacific history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau Thursday, and the Tigers extended their win streak in the Alex G. Spanos Center to five following a 66-57 win over North Carolina A&T.
Pacific (4-6) earns its first win in the fifth annual Gotham Classic and ends a three-game losing streak overall after allowing a season-low 57 points. The Tigers improve to 4-0 this season when allowing 69 points or less.
The Aggies suffer their ninth-straight loss.
"This was a good win for us," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "I was just really proud of the way the guys responded. It's hard playing against teams like A&T; recordwise, it looks like you're supposed to win, but these are some of the toughest games (to win).
"We finally had a positive (assist-to-turnover ratio) 16 assists to 10 turnovers. We just need to make the simple play."
Wallace's second bucket of the evening, a 17-foot jumper from just beyond the elbow, at the 9:06 mark of the first half lifted him above the 1,000-point plateau for his career, becoming the 27th member of the elite group in program history and first since Sam Willard in 2011. He is tied with Corey Anders (1,011 career points) for 25th on the all-time scoring list after finishing with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting and a perfect 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line. Wallace is five points shy of passing Andy Franklin for 24th.
Wallace also dished out a game-high four assists, as the Tigers totaled a season-high 16.
Anthony Townes scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting and a 4-of-6 clip from the charity stripe to go along with eight rebounds for the Orange and Black. Jacob Lampkin posted his first career double-double with 11 points and as many rebounds. Ray Bowles and David Taylor each scored six points on two made treys. Bowles also collected five boards and three assists. D.J. Ursery was 5-of-6 from the line and hauled in four rebounds.
"Inserting Lampkin and Townes into the (starting) lineup I thought gave us a big boost," Stoudamire said. "Especially Anthony in the first half with his energy, effort and presence, he can score down there on the box. And Lampkin in the second half on one possession got three offensive rebounds; that was a big key for us, and I think that got him going."
"We wanted to come out with a lot of energy because we've been coming out to such slow starts that we can't win games like that," Lampkin said. "We came out hard tonight and got the win."
Pacific shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the floor and made five 3-pointers, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one 3 made to 895. The Tigers shot 17-of-22 from the line, including 15-of-18 after halftime and 10-of-10 in the final 1:05, and have made and attempted double-digit totals in nine of 10 games this year.
Sam Hunt scored 15 points in defeat. Raymon Pratt scored 13 of North Carolina A&T's (1-9) first 15 points Thursday and finished with 14 on 6-of-12 shooting. Eliel Gonzalez added 11 points.
The Aggies shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field and just 2-of-13 from deep. North Carolina A&T was 12-of-18 from the stripe.
Townes broke an 11-all tie with a layup at the 15:011 mark of the first period that put his team ahead for good.
Pacific turned a 28-23 halftime edge into a nine-point lead at the 13:26 mark of the second stanza on the back of a 7-0 run. The Tiger lead stretched to 10 with 3:53 on the clock following two Ursery free throws.
The Aggies trimmed the deficit to 58-55 with 55 seconds to play, but Wallace countered by making all six of his free throws in a 31-second span to push the margin back to at least two possessions, sealing the win.
Pacific hosts Fresno State on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.