STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball finished 3-1 In the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase after a convincing 80-58 win over Canisius, Sunday afternoon at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Other tournament wins for the Tigers this week included a win at Air Force (83-71) on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and a home victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (78-69) on Friday night. Roberto Gallinat and Jahlil Tripp were among eight players to be named to the Men Against Breast Cancer All-Tournament team. Gallinat led Pacific with an average of 16.25 points per game after totaling 21 points on two separate occasions. Gallinat also totaled nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals on the week. Tripp also had an outstanding holiday weekend, totaling 21 points, 37 rebounds, 28 assists, and seven steals.
The Tigers improve to 3-4, while Canisius falls to 3-3 on the season.
Pacific came out much stronger against the Golden Griffs than they did against Texas State less than 24 hours prior. It was a complete team effort with the Tigers scoring 22 bench points, with Miles Reynolds finishing as one of the team's top scorers, totaling 12 on the day. Anthony Townes topped all Pacific players with 14 points, while Jack Williams (12), Gallinat (12), Kendal Small (11) all scored in double digits.
In addition to a nine-point effort, Tripp dished out a season-best 11 assists. Tripp was also stellar on defense, leading both squads on the boards with nine rebounds, while also tallying three steals. Small snagged a team-best five steals.
As a team, the Tigers shot 53.1 percent (17-32) from the field and were a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the first half. Pacific took a quick 13-5 lead after consecutive three-pointers by Tripp, Williams, and Gallinat to start the contest.
Pacific earned its first double-digit lead at 9:09 after a steal by Tripp led to a made Reynolds layup. With just 5:10 remaining in the half the Tigers went on a 14-2 run for its largest lead of 22 points. With just 34 seconds on the clock, tournament Co-MVP Isaiah Reese sank a three-pointer to cut the Tigers lead to 19 points (47-28) at half.
The Tigers defense in the first half was exceptional, holding the Golden Griffs to its season-low shooting percentage of 34 percent. In addition Pacific forced seven Canisius turnovers and out-rebounded its opponent, 21-16.
Pacific took its offensive dominance into the second half, approaching a near 30-point lead after opening the final 20 minutes with a 10-3 edge, which put the Tigers 26 points ahead at the 16:38 mark. The Griffs then made a run of their own, going 17-4 from 15:24 to 9:24 to cut Pacific's lead to just 12 (61-49). The would be the closest Canisius would get to the Tigers as they ended up scoring just nine points in the final nine minutes of play, while Pacific scored 19 points in during that time.
UOP's home stand will be short-lived as they hit the road again Thursday to face UC Riverside, tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 pm.