Tigers Edge Cougars, 67-66

Tigers Edge Cougars, 67-66

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team shot 52 percent from the field, led by sophomore guard Jahlil Tripp with an 8-for-13 effort, to earn a 67-66 upset over visiting BYU Saturday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Tigers snag just their second victory against the Cougars in the Spanos Center since Feb. 13, 2014 and are 3-6 against the Cougars since rejoining the West Coast Conference that same season. 

Pacific is now 7-10 overall and 2-2 in WCC play. BYU falls to 13-4 overall, also 2-2 against its conference foes.


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  • The Cougars traveled well and with a full crowd behind them they struck first with a made three-pointer to start the contest. Despite the Tigers tying the score three times within the first four minutes, BYU was able to extend to a seven point lead following a 5-0 run that would give it a 14-7 edge.
  • Pacific answered right back with a 10-2 run that tied the game (17-17) for the fourth time at 9:59. 
  • Pacific would force one last tie before taking its first lead, which held for the remainder of the half. The Tigers would out-score their opponents 17-10 in the final 7 minutes, 46 seconds to wrap up the first half with a seven point (36-29) advantage.
  • The Tigers went 15-for-27 (55.6%) from the field and were 5-for-7 (71.4%) from the charity stripe, while also holding the Cougars to just 45.5% shooting from the field during the first 20 minutes of play.
  • Kendall Small came off the bench to score a team-leading nine points in the half. The junior from Lakewood, Calif. also totaled three assists, two rebounds, and a steal.
  • BYU made some adjustments in the second half, going on an 8-2 run that erased the Tigers lead. The Cougars would go on to take the lead at 44-42 and would hold on to the lead for a majority of the game. 
  • Pacific never trailed by more than four points the entire half, tying the game three times in the final 8:30. 
  • Jahlil Tripp came up big in the final few minutes, making a jumper and two shots from the free throw line to put the Tigers up three points (64-61) with just 1:25 left to play. BYU's TJ Haws would cut the Tigers' lead back to just one point, but Tripp made one last shot from the free throw line to put them back up by one score.
  • Forced to foul on the in-bound pass, Miles Reynolds went to the line with 23 seconds remaining, sinking both to extend Pacific's lead (66-63). Cougars' Elijah Bryant came up big with with a made shot beyond three point range to keep BYU close enough for the win. 
  • BYU had one final chance at the basket but with a missed layup at the 2 second mark and a Kendall Small rebound the Tigers were able to claim the 67-66 victory.


Notable Performances

  • Jahlil Tripp led Pacific with 22 points. He finished with eight baskets from the floor, including one from beyond the arc and five from the free throw line. In addition he tallied five rebounds and two assists on the night, earning him the City of Stockton Human Resources Player of the Game.
  • Miles Reynolds (16) and Kendall Small (10) also scored in double digits.
  • Namdi Okonkwo matched his single-game high of five blocks for the third time this season. He also led on the boards with six rebounds. 


Things you should know

  • Namdi Okonkwo has had multiple blocks in each of his last seven games and with a total of  42 so far this season has moved up to fourth all-time in the Tigers single-season record books.
  • Pacific ranks third in the WCC in blocks shots (4.3/gm) and steals (7.1/gm). 


Next Up
The Tigers play another one at home next Thursday against the San Diego Toreros. The two squads are set to tip at 7:00 pm and will be televised on TheW.tv. Links for the video and audio stream as well as live stats can be found at pacifictigers.com.

Follow the Tigers
For more information about the Pacific men's basketball team, be sure to follow @PacificMensBB on Twitter. Fans can also have access to score updates, statistics, game recaps and more with the new Pacific Tigers Front Row app available for free in the App Store and Google Play.