Pacific Slams Bristol, 106-39, In Exhibition

Pacific Slams Bristol, 106-39, In Exhibition

Pacific Courtside Live postgame report, Bristol University

STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific blitzed Bristol University from the opening tip in Friday's exhibition, scoring the first 43 points en route to a 106-39 demolition of the Bears inside the Alex G. Spanos Center in Damon Stoudamire's unofficial debut as the Tigers' head coach.

Pacific opened the game on a 43-0 scoring spurt and shot 60 percent in the first 16 minutes. The NCAA Division I record for most points to open a game before an opponent scores is 34 by Seton Hall against Kean on Nov. 29, 1998.

David Taylor tallied 19 points in the win on 7-of-14 shooting, including five made treys, to lead five scorers in double figures. Jacob Lampkin finished with 15 points on a 6-of-9 effort from the floor. Ray Bowles finished with 12 points, while Tonko Vuko and Ilias Theodorou added 11 apiece. 

"I've never been in a game (that begun) like that," Stoudamire said. "The guys came out focused. David really shot the ball well for us this evening. I've been trying to tell him ever since I got here that he has to shoot the ball well and don't be scared to shoot."

Sami Eleraky pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with eight points. Lampkin and Vuko each had 10 rebounds to post double-double efforts. Jack Williams came up with nine boards, as the Tigers won the battle on the glass 59-21, including 24-5 on the offensive end. The 24 offensive rebounds were converted into 23 second-chance points.

Taylor drilled two buckets from deep in the early going and scored eight of the team's first 13 points.

"We wanted to jump on them right from the get go," Taylor said. "My teammates found me in good situations, and I took the shots and made them. Coach (Stoudamire) has a lot of confidence in me, and I'm trying to display his confidence in me on the court."

A steal and two-handed flush by Bowles extended the margin to 19 at the 14:56 mark. Lampkin then poured in 10 of the team's next 16 points.

Bristol was held scoreless until the 4:50 mark following a Mark Rodrigues jumper and trailed 52-9 at intermission.

Pacific dominated the first 20 minutes of play, outscoring the Bears 26-2 in the paint and 14-0 in second chance and 12-0 on fastbreak opportunities. The Tigers turned 12 Bear miscues into 23 points. Stoudamire's reserves outscored Bristol 20-2, spearheaded by Lampkin's 10.

The Tigers' lead swelled to 50, 64-14, a little more than four minutes into the second stanza courtesy of a Eleraky jumper in the paint as part of a 13-0 run. Stoudamire's squad led by as many as 71 with 2:22 to play on a Maleke Haynes shot from behind the arc.

Pacific finished 52.6 percent from the field and drilled 13 3-pointers. The Tigers outscored the Bears 42-14 in the paint and 16-0 on the fastbreak. Nineteen Bristol turnovers led to 35 Pacific points.

Pacific's defense suffocated Bristol to the tune of only 27.8 percent (15-of-54) shooting and 16.7 percent (4-of-24) from 3-point land.

Rodrigues finished with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the loss.

The Tigers open the regular season Nov. 11 at No. 20/16 UCLA. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. PT.