Stockton, Calif. - Stepping out of conference play for the final time on Saturday night, the Tigers put on a show on their home court as Pacific defeated Bethesda University, 88-30, for the most lopsided win in program history. Pacific (5-12) put all 14 of its players in the scorebook in the game as they bested their previous school record for margin of victory by seven points, a mark that was set during the 1913-14 season.
With no player playing more than 19 minutes and all 14 players seeing no less than seven minutes, the Tigers matched their season-best for points in a game with 88 despite having just two reach double-figures. In all, the Tigers did their damage from behind the arc with a season-best 12 threes led by sharpshooter Alec Kobre who finished his night with a game-best 15 points while forward Ilias Theodorou would chip in 10, two short of tying his career high. In addition to their offense, the Tigers would get it done on the defensive end as they forced the Flames into 22 turnovers while picking up a season-best 11 steals and blocking five shots.
Bethesda would not score its first point until the 17:31 mark in the opening half after Pacific had established an 8-0 lead to start the game. Just minutes later and with the lead sitting at 10 and 16:42 on the clock, the Tigers sent senior Eric Thompson into the game for the first time on the year and promptly saw the big forward help Pacific come up with a steal. The Tigers would run to an early 15-4 lead by the first media, taking advantage of their size and speed advantage particularly inside with Tonko Vuko scoring a quick six points.
After a hot start saw the Tigers lead 21-6 thanks to hitting 6-of-7 from the floor, Pacific found itself in a funk going just one of the next nine before a three from the top of the key from Theodorou. The three was the second of the game for the sophomore as he would score eight straight for Pacific before the Tigers reinserted their starters. With the starters back in Pacific would go on a 19-2 run over the next 6:22 to take a 30-point lead at 40-10 as the clock fell under four minutes. The onslaught was led by Kobre who went 4-for-4 from deep and netted all 15 of his points in just 10 first half minutes.
The Tigers would finish with a season-best 48 first half points to take its largest lead of the season into the break of 34 points at 48-14. In all, the Tigers would shoot 18-of-32 from the field including hitting their last seven. Pacific would also make 7-of-11 from deep thanks in part to the shooting of Kobre and Theodorou.
The second half would start in much the same manner as the first as Pacific held the Flames without a point for the first four minutes of play before a three in the corner broke the Tigers' 7-0 run to begin the half. After the quick start grew the lead to 41, the Tigers would hit a dry spell over the next four minutes before a three from David Taylor got Pacific back on the board. The deep shot from the corner was the first of the night for Taylor but marked the 10th of the game for Pacific, a new season best for the Tigers. They would tack on two more the rest of the way.
Pacific would continue its onslaught playing all 14 players on the active roster. The Tigers would get their first points out of Thompson with 5:17 to play in the game and put their final player in the books, redshirt-freshman Jason Braden with :29 seconds to play. The basket by Braden marked the first career collegiate field goal for the walk-on who would also add a pair of assists for good measure. In addition to Braden, Pacific's other redshirt-freshman walk-on, Max Tinsley, got into the scoring fun as he netted a career-best eight points and grabbed one rebound in 10 minutes of play.
In addition to the scoring, the Tigers would post a season-best 26 assists led by T.J. Wallace's six which tied his career high. The 26 assists for Pacific was the most in a single game since matching the mark against Fresno State in a 99-63 win on Dec. 17, 2005. Wallace would also add a game-high seven rebounds as Pacific out-rebounded the Flames 45-to-24. Bethesda's Jorge Castro finished with seven rebounds to go with a team-best eight points and three assists.
The Tigers Division-I record for largest margin of victory came on Feb. 22, 1997 when Pacific downed UC Irvine, 96-46, in a Big West conference contest. The 30 points given up by the Tigers are their lowest in a game in the modern era (since the three-point line was introduced in 1987) as Pacific held Bethesda to just 12 made field goals. Bethesda is out of the NCCAA..
The Tigers get back into WCC play on Thursday, Jan. 21 when they take on Portland at the Spanos Center. The first of a three-game conference homestand is scheduled for 7:00 pm.