Townes Double-Double gives Tigers 76-65 win over Portland

Photo by Keith Sanpei
Photo by Keith Sanpei

PORTLAND, Ore. - A second half surge helped the Tigers log their second win in three games as Pacific topped Portland 76-65 at the Chiles Center Thursday night, giving Pacific its first win at Portland since 1989.  Anthony Townes led the Tigers with 18 points and 16 rebounds (a career-high) en route to his fifth double-double of the season, and Tonko Vuko added a season-high 12 points.  

Townes' is the first Tiger with at least 15 boards since 2011, when Sam Willard pulled down 18 against Cal State Bakersfield. 

"The contributions from everyone was big," said head coach Damon Stoudamire. "Everyone who stepped foot on the floor contributed to the game and I think that was the biggest thing for us." 

The win brings the Tigers to 10-18 on the year, 4-11 in West Coast Conference action while the loss drops the Pilots to 9-18 overall, 2-13 in WCC play. 

Anthony Townes opened up the scoring with a tip-in to put the Tigers on the board. After a three by the Pilot's Halllinan, Tonko Vuko followed suit and nailed a three of his own, his third triple of the season. With just under nine minutes to go, a Townes layup and a quick Ilias Theodorou three put the Tigers up 15-10, one of five threes for the Orange and Black on the night. 

Pacific pushed their lead to seven as a D.J. Ursery made it 31-24 with just over a minute to go. Four-straight Pilot free-throws and a Townes layup closed out the half and brought the score to 33-28. 

The first half featured eleven Pilot turnovers, with Pacific scoring eleven off of those Portland miscues. The Tigers also held the 22-14 rebound advantage in the first 20 minutes of action, with seven of those boards coming offensively. 

A quick Ray Bowles three off an assist from Keshon Montague stretched the Tiger lead 36-28 to start the second half. A minute later Vuko laid in two of his 12 points of the evening, giving Pacific a 40-30 advantage. The Tigers continued rolling as Jack Williams put in a layup, K.J. Smith hit a three and quick jumper, and an Ursery field goal capped off a Pacific 9-0 run to make it 54-35 with 11:16 to go, their largest lead of the night. 

Townes knotted his career-high 18 points at the 8:40 mark on a layup to put the Orange and Black up 16. Both teams would trade free throws to push the score to 72-56, and the Pilots closed out the game five-of-seven from the field but the Tigers capped off regulation nine-of-ten from the line to seal the 76-65 victory. 

Pacific shot 48% (13-of-27) from the field and 88% (15-of-17) from the charity stripe in the second half. The Tigers also logged 30 from both the bench and the paint in the contest. 

The road trip continues for the Tigers as they head to Spokane to take on #1 Gonzaga this Saturday at 1 PM.