Dons Defeat Pacific In WCC Game Of Week

Dons Defeat Pacific In WCC Game Of Week

Pacific Courtside Postgame Report, driven by Chase Chevrolet - San Francisco

STOCKTON, Calif. - San Francisco made 13 3-pointers Saturday, propelling the Dons to an 81-60 win over Pacific in the West Coast Conference (WCC) Game of the Week inside the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Each team had three players in double figures.

Ronnie Boyce scored 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds for San Francisco (15-8, 5-5 WCC). Chase Foster added 13 points, while Remu Raitanen had 12.

The Dons shot 48.3 percent (29-of-60) overall and 10-of-16 from the charity stripe All 10 (10-of-14) made free throws came in the final period. San Francisco totaled 19 assists on 29 made baskets.

The visitors were 53.3 percent (16-of-30) shooting after halftime, including 50 percent (6-of-12) from deep.

Ray Bowles tallied 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks of Pacific's (8-15, 2-8 WCC) six blocks. He has scored in double figures in four-straight games.

Anthony Townes contributed 11 points and seven boards in the loss. T.J. Wallace had 10 points and five rebounds. Jacob Lampkin and Jack Williams each scored six points.

Lampkin pulled down eight rebounds. Bowles, Lampkin and Townes had three offensive boards apiece, as the Orange and Black posted 12 second chance points. Wallace and Keshon Montague each dished out three assists.

Wallace had one steal against the Dons and now with 102 in his career needs three to pass Steffan Johnson for fourth on the school's all-time list.

The Tigers made 37.3 percent (22-of-59) of its attempts from the floor and registered an assist on half of its made field goals. Coach Damon Stoudamire's team did most of its damage inside, with 53.3 percent (32) of its points coming in the paint. Pacific was 12-of-19 from the free throw line.

"We missed a lot of easy shots," Stoudamire said. "I think that we have an identity. When we are a good team, we're balanced that's inside-out. When we can't hit outside shots, it looks like it looks tonight. We just have to keep plugging away."

The Orange and Black held the Dons scoreless for the first 2:44 of the second stanza and whittled a nine-point halftime deficit to five at 33-28 after Bowles tomahawked a one-handed flush in transition over the Dons' Nate Renfro.

 

Bowles scored the first four points of the period, but San Francisco, which started 0-of-3 from the field after the break, connected on its next six field goals to push its advantage to 50-36 with 13:07 to play.

Pacific was unable to get any closer than 13 points down the stretch. 

Wallace scored his team's first three points Saturday. His fourth, a made free throw on the back end of two attempts at the 8:40 mark, pushed him past John Errecart into 17th on Pacific's career scoring list. Wallace enters next Thursday's home contest against No. 21/21 Saint Mary's needing only three points to pass John Thomas for 16th.

Trailing 7-6 following a Lampkin five-foot jumper in the paint, the Dons went on a 15-2 run, with the first nine points of the spurt scored by Boyce. The Dons made three triples in 2:08 and led 21-9 at the 9:35 mark.

A Bowles layup as time expired concluded the scoring in the period, but San Francisco took a 33-24 upper hand into intermission on the strength of seven made first-half treys. Seven of the Dons' 13 made field goals in the first 20 minutes came from deep.

Boyce led all scorers in the first period with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Bowles had eight points in the opening frame to pace his team.

The Tigers missed their first 11 3-pointers Saturday before a Bowles trey with 7:19 remaining in the contest extended Pacific's consecutive games with at least one made trey to 908.

"We're confident shooting from 3," Bowles said. "Just tonight they weren't falling. I hit one, but I think we had some good looks. We try to get the ball inside and play inside-out. We're a better team when we do that instead of just playing on the perimeter. It puts pressure on the defense when we go inside and look for the kickouts, then we can even drive on the kickout and spit it out one more time. We have to play smart and with passion."

Pacific finished with four made 3-pointers.

Stoudamire's squad hosts the Gaels in WCC action Thursday, Feb. 2. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. PT.