Big Second Half Propels Pacific Past Notre Dame de Namur, 79-44

Jacob Lampkin - Photo by: Sean Kahler
Jacob Lampkin - Photo by: Sean Kahler
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Stockton, Calif. - A 25-2 run spanning the two halves turned a sluggish contest into a run-away win for the Tigers at home at the Alex G. Spanos Center as Pacific downed Notre Dame de Namur (NDNU), 79-44, on Monday night. The win was the first of the year for the Tigers who improved to 1-3 on the year while the Argonauts fell to 0-4 overall.

The Tigers were led by their sophomore post, Jacob Lampkin, who scored a career-best 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting. He just missed picking up his first career double-double in the game as he finished with nine rebounds, a game high in 23 minutes of action.

Lampkin's night got off to a fast start as the Tigers took an early lead on the Argonauts when the Washington native went 4-for-4 to score the first eight points of the contest for Pacific. The second-year Tiger took advantage of a pair of slick passes into the post for two easy layups before stepping back and hitting a pair of midrange jumpers from the right baseline. Pacific would get its first non-Lampkin basket on a breakaway from junior Ray Bowles just a few moments later as Bowles beat NDNU down the floor and was fed by Maleke Haynes who finished with a career-best five assists.

The hot start would cool for the Tigers during the middle of the opening half as Pacific got loose with the ball allowing the Argonauts to hang in the half. With the Tigers turning the ball over NDNU was able to take advantage, taking the lead at 20-17 with just over 5:00 to play on their fourth three-pointer of the half and second from Tre'shawn King-Dunbar.

Trailing, Pacific finally woke up as freshman Anthony Townes ignited the Tigers' offense with a layup before grabbing an offensive rebound and converting one of two after being foulled on the put-back attempt. The hustle from Townes rubbed off on the rest of the Tigers as Pacific closed the half on a 14-2 run, seven of which came from their season's top scorer, Bowles, who posted seven in the closing four minutes. Additionally, the Tigers defense clamped down as NDNU went without a field goal over the final 5:14 of the half, hitting just two free throws after the King-Dunbar three had put them in the lead.

Out of the break the onslaught continued as Pacific scored the first 11 points of the half to push the lead to 22, doubling up the Argonauts. The run for the Tigers would end at 25-2 when Jalen Young hit a three from the short corner at the 16:48 mark, ending NDNU's 8:26 stretch spanning the two halves without a field goal.

The three from Young sparked NDNU as the Argonauts would score 13 unanswered to cut the lead to just nine before a foul sent T.J. Wallace to the line where the junior would hit 1-of-2. The free throw snapped a nearly four minute scoreless streak for Pacific. From there, the Tigers would score nine unanswered points of their own to extend the lead back to double-digits . The nine would be part of a 24-2 run that put Pacific up 30 at 67-37 with just over 4:00 to play, finally shaking the Argonauts for good.

With the bench in, the Tigers would hold their lead as redshirt-freshman Max Tinsley got in the books for the first time in his career hitting a three with :47 seconds remaining before taking a charge on the other end. He would finish his game with five points, scoring the final basket of the game with a layup to push the final margin of victory to 35 points.

In all, the Tigers put three in double-figures in the contest as Bowles and junior Tonko Vuko each went for 11 points behind Lampkin. For Vuko, the 11 points marked the first double-digit effort out of the Croatian in his Pacific career while Bowles netted double-figures for the fourth-straight game. Vuko would also added six rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.

Young led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting and 4-of-8 from distance for the Argonauts who shot 40.0% from the floor for the game.

The Tigers finished at 52.5% while outrebounding the Argonauts 39-to-19.

Pacific will take a quick break for Thanksgiving before heading to Sacramento to take part in the Sacramento State Invitational over the weekend. The Tigers begin the weekend of action against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 6:35 pm before finishing on Sunday against the host Hornets at 5:35 pm.