Tigers Slam Pacific Union By 48

Tigers Slam Pacific Union By 48

Pacific Courtside postgame report, Pacific Union

STOCKTON, Calif. - D.J. Ursery tallied a career-high 18 points, as 11 different Tigers entered the scoring column in a 102-54 demolition of Pacific Union on Friday afternoon as coach Damon Stoudamire's team prepares to open West Coast Conference (WCC) play in six days. The Tigers improve to 6-1 this season in the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Tigers improve to 6-0 when allowing 69 points or fewer after surrendering a season-low 54 Friday. The 48-point win ties for the fourth largest margin of victory in a game in program history. Pacific (6-7) has defeated the Pioneers by an average of 36.5 points in two all-time meetings. The Tigers improve to 9-0 all-time when scoring 102 points.

Friday was the first time Pacific scored north of the century mark since defeating Chico State 101-59 on Nov. 18, 2000.

Ursery was 8-of-12 shooting to go along with five assists, all career-highs. K.J. Smith added 15 points, while Jack Williams pumped in 12 points and eight rebounds. Ray Bowles, Sami Eleraky and Jacob Lampkin each scored nine points on a combined 10-of-15 shooting. Max Tinsley tied a career-high with eight points and dished out a career-high four assists. Anthony Townes recorded seven boards. Ilias Theodorou and Tonko Vuko each added six points. Theodorou was 3-of-3 from the field, while Vuko also pulled down six boards. T.J. Wallace tied a career-high with six assists.

All 13 active Pacific players saw action Friday, with 12 playing at least eight minutes and 11 finding the box score in points. 

Pacific shot season-bests 54.9 percent (39-of-71) overall and 62.5 percent (20-of-32) in the second half. The Tigers posted season-bests in made field goals (39), assists (25), steals (11), points in the paint (44), points off turnovers (30), second-chance points (20), fastbreak points (15), bench scoring (64) and tied a season-best with 10 made treys.

"I thought the guys that came off the bench did very well," Stoudamire said. "Max is one of those guys that'll do anything to get on the floor. He's going to play hard everytime. The stuff he did today was just icing on the cake."

The Tigers tied a season-best shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) from 3-point range and were 14-of-25 from the free throw line. The Tigers extend their streak of consecutive games with at least one made 3 to 898. 

Greg Brown led Pacific Union (5-2) with 11 points. Ben Jazuk scored 10 points. Anthony Adams-Rule Sr. had nine points and seven boards.

The Pioneers finished 32.7 percent (16-of-49) from the field and shot just 27.3 percent (6-of-22) in the first 20 minutes. Pacific Union also struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 25 percent (7-of-28), and from the line, missing 12 attempts (15-of-27).

Smith scored eight of his team's first 10 points, starting 3-of-6 from the field. Meanwhile, the Pioneers started 0-of-9 from the floor, including 0-of-5 from 3, and did not make a bucket until the 10:42 mark of the first half. Pacific Union made its first six free throws but never led in the contest, which was only tied for 21 seconds.

The Tigers scored 24 of the game's first 30 points and led by 18 following a Williams jumper at the 11:01 mark of the first period.

An 8-0 Pioneer run cut the team's deficit to 10 after a Jayson Marquez fastbreak layup, but Stoudamire's group outscored Pacific Union 26-7 in the final 8:42. Ursery scored nine of his team's 13 points down the stretch, including a steal and flush at the 1:41 mark, and Pacific took a 52-23 advantage into intermission.

The 23 points allowed tied a season-best for fewest points given up in any half.

Pacific had four soring runs of at least 7-0 in the final 20 minutes. A 7-0 Pacific run in a 1:27 span early in the second half was followed by a 12-0 spurt in 3:49 midway through the period. A 9-0 run beginning at the 5:04 mark preceded an 8-0 spurt that included two Tinsley buckets from deep.

"We knew this was a game we could attack, kick the ball in transition, shrink the floor and get a couple of touches inside," Tinsley said. "Our main thing was to shrink the floor and find guys open shots to knock them down."

Pacific opens WCC play with two-straight home games, starting on Thursday, Dec. 29, when the Tigers host Portland at 7 p.m. PT.