Pacific Falls To No. 6 Gonzaga

Pacific Falls To No. 6 Gonzaga

STOCKTON, Calif. - No. 6 Gonzaga made eight second-half 3-pointers, erasing an eight-point deficit to defeat Pacific 81-61 in West Coast Conference (WCC) action Saturday inside the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Przemek Karnowski finished with 19 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs. Jordan Mathews added 16 points. Johnathan Williams had 14 points. Each player pulled down five rebounds.

Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins scored nine points apiece for Gonzaga (14-0, 2-0 WCC). Williams-Goss and Zach Collins each pulled down six rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) overall, including 56.3 percent (18-of-32) in the second half and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point land. Gonzaga shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from behind the arc overall and 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Jacob Lampkin scored 16 of his career-high 18 points in the first half to lead four Pacific (6-9, 0-2 WCC) players in double-figures. Lampkin finished 9-of-11 shooting. T.J. Wallace and Ray Bowles each pumped in 12 points, while Jack Williams tallied 11. Lampkin and Williams grabbed six rebounds apiece. Wallace also dished out five assists. 

"My teammates were just finding me," Lampkin said. "I was getting open looks in the first half. I felt very confident in the first half. In the second half, they were taking it away a little bit."

The Tigers finished 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the floor and 50 percent (5-of-10) from 3, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one made trey to 900.

Facing the highest-ranked opponent to enter the Alex G. Spanos Center since 2015 when the Bulldogs were No. 2/3, Pacific was looking for its first win against a ranked team in over a decade and appeared on its way, leading 42-34 at the 17:07 mark of the second half following a Lampkin layup, as the Orange and Black made three of their first six field goals.

The Bulldogs, facing their largest deficit of the season, answered with an 11-0 run. Wallace swatted a Perkins fastbreak dunk attempt, but Williams-Goss cleaned up to tie the game at 42 at the 14:16 mark. Perkins then drained a 3 in transition to give Gonzaga its first lead since the 5:20 mark of the first half. Layups by Anthony Townes and Wallace gave the lead back to Pacific, 46-45, but Mathews made consecutive treys to trigger a 14-0 Gonzaga run that allowed the visitors to pull away.  

"I felt like when we got tired, we didn't execute as well," Pacific coach Damon Stoudamire said. "We just weren't as fluid. I tell our guys we have to play with a little more pace. It's not playing fast, just playing with pace. Even with the emergence of Jacob and Anthony (Townes), we can't just walk the ball up the court."

A 10-0 Tigers run gave them a 12-7 lead 7:05 into the game. The Tigers made 5-of-8 during the spurt, with Lampkin reaching double figures nine minutes into the first half. Pacific led by five points three times in the period, including at intermission.

In a first half that featured five ties and as many lead changes, Pacific led 34-29 at the break, shooting 50 percent overall (15-of-30) and from deep (3-of-6) in the first 20 minutes. Lampkin led all scorers with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting. It was only the second time this season the Bulldogs trailed at the break. Gonzaga led for 8:59 of the period, while Pacific was ahead for 8:52.

Pacific continues WCC play Thursday, Jan. 5, at San Diego. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT.