MORAGA, Calif. – Despite double-digit scoring performances by Jahlil Tripp, Named Okonkwo, and Anthony Townes, the Pacific men's basketball team was unable to snag a victory against the WCC standings leader Saint Mary's, falling by a score of 74-56 at McKeon Pavilion on Thursday night.
The Tigers are now 1-2 in the WCC, 6-10 overall, while the Gaels extend their win streak to nine games, improving to 14-2 overall, 3-0 in conference play.
In case you missed it
- Pacific and Saint Mary's matched up well in the first four minutes of play, matching point-for-point until a three-point play by Gaels' Jock Landale gave SMC its first lead of the game (7-6) at 16:27.
- Anthony Townes, who entered the game to relieve Tigers' 7-0 center Namdi Okonkwo, pulled down an offensive rebound, made a layup, and snagged a steal from 15:54 to 15:18 to help the Tigers to take a 10-7 lead. The edge was short lived with another Landale thee-point play that evened the score back up at 10-10.
- SMC then went on a 18-2 run, putting the Tigers at their largest deficit of 16 points. The Tigers made up some ground, but wrapped up the first half down 11 points (36-25).
- Anthony Townes led Pacific's efforts in the first half with six points and four rebounds.
- Consecutive three-pointers by Roberto Gallinat and Jahlil Tripp put the Tigers within five of the Gaels (36-33) to open second half play. Pacific then extended its drive to an 8-0 run with a made layup by Tripp to make it 36-33.
- Nearly halfway through the second half Pacific was out-shooting the Gaels 42.9%-28.6%, keeping within eight points of the Gaels.
- In the final five minutes of play Saint Mary's sank five buckets from beyond the arc to put it out of reach for the win.
- Tripp scored 11 points in the second half to finish with a team-best 16 points, matching the Gaels leading scorer Evan Fitzner, who finished with a season-best on the night. In addition, the sophomore guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. had team-bests of five rebounds and five assists. Jack Williams also contributed five rebounds, while Miles Reynolds also dished out five assists.
- Overall, Pacific held the edge for made shots in the paint (28-26), second chance points (8-6), fast break buckets (6-2) and steals (6-5)
- Bench points played a huge role in SMC's win, scoring 32 points off the bench, while the Tigers reserves scored 17 points.
- Okonkwo knocked down a season-best 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the paint.
- Townes went 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-4 from the charity stripe to finish with 11 points.
Things you should know
- Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Player of the Game with his 16 point, five rebound, five assist effort.
- Okonkwo collected two blocks against the Gaels, bringing his season total to 37. That number currently ranks sixth all-time among the Tigers single-season records.
Pacific returns home Saturday, Jan. 6 to host the Cougars of BYU. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 pm (PT).