Tigers Drop Road Contest At UC Irvine

Dulani Robinson (photo by Matt Brown)
Dulani Robinson (photo by Matt Brown)

Irvine, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a 68-50 decision at UC Irvine on Sunday, Nov. 16. The loss evened the Tigers' record at 1-1 on the season. UC Irvine is now 2-0 on the year.

"It was tough game with a lot of action and intensity," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We learn each day about how we can get better and we'll keep learning in pressure situations. Every game is going to be a learning experience as we grow and find our niche this year. Today's game was a lot closer than the score indicated. UCI is a good veteran team."

The Tigers fell behind 16-7 in the early going in the first 10 minutes, with T.J. Wallace scoring all of Pacific's points. In the first 10 minutes, the rest of the team was 0-8 from the field. Another three-pointer from Wallace cut the UCI lead back to five (18-13) with 6:48 to play in the half. UCI pushed the lead to 13 (31-18), but a late layup by Jacob Lampkin made it a 33-22 half time score. Wallace scored 13 of Pacific's 22 first half points.

After a dunk by Mamadou Ndiaye gave UCI a 43-27 lead with 16:11 to play, two straight three-pointers from Dulani Robinson cut the lead back to 43-33 less than two minutes later. The lead again surged to 16 (53-37), after a pair of free throws from Nick Young, but four points from Alec Kobre sparked the Tigers to an 8-2 run to make a 10-point game once at 55-45 with 6:36 to play. Ndiaye hit a free throw to finish a 6-0 run to make it 61-45 with 3:07 left and finished with the 18 point win.

Wallace led all scorers with 19 points, tying Ray Bowles and Sami Eleraky for the team high with four rebounds. Robinson was a big spark for the Tigers in the second half, scoring 12 of his career-high 14 points in the final 20 minutes. The Tigers ended up shooting 34.0% (16-47) from the field, while the Anteaters were at 48.0% (24-50) from the field.

The Tigers are next in action with a home game against Pacific Union on Thursday, Nov. 20 in the home opener. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.