COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Pacific men's basketball team snagged its first win of the season, after downing Air Force, 83-71, to open the 2017 Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase. The Tigers will return home to play its final three tournament games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Texas State, and Canisius on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Roberto Gallinat had an outstanding night, leading the Tigers offensively with 21 points. Gallinat finished 7-for-9 from the floor, including four made shots from three point range, and was 3-for-5 from the free throw line. Four other Pacific players -- Miles Reynolds, Jack Williams, and Anthony Townes also had double-digit scoring performances. Reynolds finished with 16 points, while Wiliams totaled 13 and Townes with 11 points. Kendall small commanded the offense, dishing out six assists, while scoring nine points of his own.
Townes was key in getting the Tigers started on Tuesday night, scoring three straight baskets for six points before two minutes had even drained from the clock. Pacific extended its lead to nine after a steal by Williams resulted in a made three by the 6-8 forward.
The team held a double-digit lead for a majority of the half with the largest lead of 20 points coming with just 1:39 left in the first half. Williams sank his second shot from beyond the arc. Despite Air Forces' five points in the final 1:16, Pacific finished the half with a convincing 47-29 lead.
Once both team's returned to the court, Air Force added a little more pressure to Pacific's game, gaining ground slowly, but coming battling back within 10 points at the 7:55 minute mark after a made three pointer by Falcons' Dane Norman. Another made three pointer at 6:37 brought the two squads within six points (69-63) of one another, but the Tigers went on a 14-8 run to earn the 83-71 victory.
Jahlil Tripp was strong on the boards for the second-straight game. Tripp pulled down 10 rebounds. Townes was also stellar on defense, totaling five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
Pacific will return to the Alex G. Spanos Center Friday to face Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm. The game will be simulcast live with the video stream on TheW.tv and via radio (1280 AM KWSX/iHeart Radio) with Zack Bayrouty (play-by-play) and Bob Thomason (analyst) calling the action.