Tigers Come Up Just Short Against Washington

T.J. Wallace (photo by Matt Brown)
T.J. Wallace (photo by Matt Brown)

Seattle, Wash. - The Pacific men's basketball team dropped a tough 76-69 decision to Washington at Key Arena. It was the first game of the Marv Harshman Classic. The Tigers fell to 2-2 on the season, while the Huskies improved to 3-0.

"We had a lot of missed opportunities in this game," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We did a great job of coming back from a very slow start in the first half, but we we need to finish a little better. I was proud of the way the team fought through every possession and we showed some good signs against a tough Washington team. T.J. And Dulani had solid games, but we need to get consistent performances from everyone."

The Tigers were held scoreless for the first 3:30 of the game before Eric Thompson hit one of two at the free throw line, to cut the Husky lead to 7-1.The Tigers ended up behind 12-1, before T.J. Wallace hit their first field goal with just over 15 minutes to play in the half. After missing its first four shots from the field, the Tigers hit six in a row in a 13-0 run to take a 16-14 lead on a D.J. Ursery jumper with 11:41 to play in the half. The Huskies came right back with a 7-2 spurt to take the lead back at 23-18 and pushed the lead to seven (29-22) with 3:43 to play. Wallace hit a pair of three-pointers around a free throw from Jernard Jarreau to make it 30-28 with 2:50 to go, but UW pushed it back to a seven point lead at the break (36-29).

Wallace hit a pair of free throws to open the second half and cut the Washington lead to 36-31. The Huskies then got four points from Shawn Kemp, Jr. in a 13-4 run to take their largest lead of the game at 49-35 with 14:08 to play. Wallace then scored the next seven points for Pacific as the Husky lead was cut to 51-42 with 11:18 remaining. After UW countered with a three-pointer from Mike Anderson, Ursery capped a 9-3 Tiger stretch with a three-pointer to make it 57-51 with 7:32 left. Another layup by Kemp, Jr. took the UW lead back to 10 (66-56), but the Tigers scored five straight on a free throw by Lampkin, a layup by Dulani Robinson and a tip-in by Sami Eleraky to cut it to just five (66-61) with 1:39 to go. The Huskies hit seven of eight free throws to seal the victory.

Wallace had a career-high 24 points and his second double-double of the season, adding 10 rebounds. Robinson equaled his career high with 14 points. The Tigers shot 40.4% from the field (23-57), while the Huskies shot 43.3% (26-60). UW held an 18-6 edge in points off of turnovers, taking advantage of nine Tiger turnovers.

The Tigers are next in action at the Great Alaska Shootout with three games in four days. Pacific will face the host, Alaska-Anchorage on Wednesday, Nov. 26. The game is at 8:30 p.m. and can be seen nationwide on CBS College Sports.