Anchorage, Alaska - The Pacific men's basketball team took third place at the Great Alaska Shootout with a 55-48 victory over Mercer on Saturday, Nov. 29. The Tigers improved to 4-3 on the season, while Mercer drops to 3-4.
An early 7-2 run capped by a Dulani Robinson layup gave the Tigers a 9-6 lead at the 14:00 mark. The Bears then cut the lead to 11-10 on one of Ike Nwamu's five first half field goals. Ray Bowles then had four points in a 7-0 Pacific run that provided an 18-11 lead to with 5:45 to play in the half. After another basket by Nwamu, Bowles blocked the layup attempt of Matt Panaggio on a breakaway to set up T.J. Wallace hitting three-pointers on back to back possessions to extend the Tiger lead to 24-15. Pacific ended up with a 26-19 halftime lead.
The Tigers gave up a 7-0 run to start the second half to even it at 26-26, before Wallace cashed in an offensive rebound for a layup to get the lead back at 28-26 with 15:51 to play. A put back by Mercer's T.J. Hallice evened it up again, but David Taylor and Alec Kobre nailed back to back three-pointers to give Pacific a 34-28 advantage with 13:05 to play. The Bears' Jestin Lewis then hit a pair of treys to knot it up again at 34-34. The Tigers pushed the lead back to five again at 40-35 after Sami Eleraky hit three of four free throws. The Bears cut the lead to one on two more occasions, setting up the final stretch with the Tigers leading 44-43 with 3:40 to go. Jacob Lampkin scored on a layup followed by one of two free throws by Mercer's Darious Moten. Robinson then hit a floating runner in the lane and an off-balance three-pointer at the end of the shot clock to give the Tigers a 51-46 lead with just :53 left to go. The Tigers went 4-6 from the line the rest of the way, including two from Robinson to seal the win.
Wallace earned All-Tournament honors for the Tigers, after pacing the Tigers with 11 points. He led six Tigers with six points or more. Lampkin had career highs with nine points and eight rebounds, while Robinson scored seven of his nine points in the final two minutes. The Tigers had a season-best 82.4% free throw percentage, hitting 14 of 17 from the line. Pacific outshot the Bears from the field, 38.6% to 34.0%.
Pacific is next in action with a home game against Cal State East Bay on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The game will televised by the TheW.tv.
2014 GCI Great Alaska Shootout
DaVonte Lacey, Washington State
Dorrian Williams, Missouri State
Travis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage
Ike Nwamu, Mercer
Daniel Bejarano, Colorado State
T.J. Wallace, Pacific
Michael Bryson, UC Santa Barbara
J.J. Avila, Colorado State
Zalmico Harmon, UC Santa Barbara
John Gillon, Colorado State
Most Outstanding Player:
Alan Williams, UC Santa Barbara