STOCKTON, Calif. – Despite shooting a stellar 76.9 percent from the floor in the second half, the Pacific men's basketball team fell to Texas State on day two of the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase, hosted at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
The Tigers (2-4) were defeated by the Bobcats (3-3) by a score of 85-78.
Anthony Townes was near perfect offensively, making eight of nine shots from the field and three-of-three from the free throw line for a season-high 19 points. Roberto Gallinat had another 20-point performance, totaling 21 on six-for-13 shooting from the floor, including two from thee-point range, and a perfect seven-for-seven from the charity stripe.
Point guard Kendall Small also had a season-best night with 18 points scored on the night. In addition Small dished out six assists.
Defensively, Pacific held the edge in steals (9-3) and forced Texas State to 17 turnovers. On the boards, the Tigers were over-matched as the Bobcats held them to a season-low 16 rebounds. Small led with three steals, while Jahlil Tripp pulled down at team-best six rebounds.
It was a slow start for both teams Saturday evening with the two squads combining for just 16 points in the first eight minutes of play.
Trailing nearly the entire half, Pacific shot just 43.5 percent from the floor for a total of 26 points, 10 from the floor and six from the free throw line. Texas State gained it largest lead of 14 points on a jumper by Eric Terry at the 2:48 mark. Kendall Small cut the Texas State lead to 12 with jumper in the paint at 2:11. That was the start of a 6-2 run that allowed Pacific to finish the half within 10 points of the Bobcats (36-26).
Texas State shot 56 percent, 50 percent (3-6) from beyond the arc, in the half.
Anthony Towns scored on a layup at 19:38 to start the scoring for the Tigers in the second half. The Bobcats answered right back with three consecutive made three-pointers, going on a 12-5 run that extended their lead back to 15 points (48-33). Pacific then went on a 10-0 run that took the Tigers within five points of the Bobcats, but that would be the closest Pacific would get to Texas State as they matched the Tigers score-for-score from 13:43 until the final buzzer.