Tigers Too Much For Cal State East Bay

Alec Kobre (photo by keithsanpei.com)
Alec Kobre (photo by keithsanpei.com)
Play Video

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific men's basketball team pulled away for an 80-51 win over Cal State East Bay in the Alex G. Spanos Center on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The Tigers improved to 5-3 with the win, while the Pioneers dropped to 2-3.

"It was great to be back home at the Spanos Center," said Head Coach Ron Verlin. "We are looking forward to having several more home games this month. We played very good defense all night and Alec was the difference in the game. I was happy with our effort in the second half and with our free throw shooting, especially with the amount we took."

The Tigers hit their first shot from the field, but were tied 2-2 with 15:47 left in the first half after turning it over five times. Pacific then went on a 14-4 run, finished off by a three-pointer from David Taylor, to take a 16-8 lead with 8:18 to play in the half. A dunk by Sami Eleraky gave the Tigers an 18-10 lead with 7:32 left, and the Tigers would not hit another field goal in the half. The Tigers hit 17 of 19 from the line in the first half, including 13 of 14 after the Eleraky dunk to close out the half.

A 10-0 run to start the second half, capped by a Kobre three-pointer, gave the Tigers a 41-20 lead less than two minutes into the final frame. Five straight points from another Kobre three and a layup by Dulani Robinson pushed the lead to 24 (55-31) with 13:03 left to play. The Pioneers cut it to 17 (61-44) with 6:02 to play after an 8-1 run, but another three-pointer by Kobre knocked it back up to a 20 point lead (66-46) and the lead would not fall below 20 the rest of the way.

Kobre had an amazing night, leading the Tigers with a career-high 23 points on 5-5 shooting from three-point range and 8-8 from the free throw line. All that in just 24 minutes. Kobre was the only Tiger in double figures, but Eric Thompson added nine points and Jacob Lampkin had a career-high 10 rebounds.

Despite shooting just 28.6% in the first half, Pacific was 15-21 (71.4%) from the field in the second half to shoot 21-42 (50.0%) for the game. The Tigers hit six of seven from three-point range in the second half, shooting 61.5% for the game. Pacific held a 44-22 rebounding advantage, including 13 on the offensive end that led to 14 second chance points.

Pacific is next in action with their final road game of December at Idaho State on Saturday, Dec. 6. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m. (PST) in Pocatello, Idaho.