PORTLAND, Ore. – Head coach Damon Stoudamire and his 2017-18 Tigers have done something that no other Pacific men's basketball team has been able to do since joining the West Coast Conference in 2013-14 and that is win three-consecutive West Coast Conference games.
The Tigers earned a 66-54 victory over Portland Saturday night at the Chiles Center to improve to 9-10 overall and to place them third in the WCC standings with a 4-2 record. Although BYU and San Diego possess an identical conference record, Pacific holds the tie-breaker after defeating the Cougars last Saturday and the Toreros on Thursday night.
Portland continues to struggle this season, dropping its 22nd-consecutive WCC contest and moving to 0-6 this season. Overall, the Pilots are 6-13.
In case you missed it
- Portland had an opportunity to gain the first edge of the game at 17:57 with Tahirou Diabate on the foul line, but with two failed attempts there was no score by either team until 16:56. At that time Josh McSwiggan gave the Pilots their only lead of the game with a made jumper in the paint.
- Over the next six minutes the Tigers went on a 11-2 run to give them a double-digit lead (14-4). Jack Williams scored on a three pointer, jumper and two free throws to lead Pacific during the span with seven points.
- The Pilots came within five points two more times before going 6-3 run at 1:21 that put them within 2 points at the buzzer.
- Miles Reynolds led the first half with nine points, while Namdi Okonkwo snagged a team-best four rebounds in the first half.
- After a slow start which included a 28.6 field goal percentage the Tigers were able to wrap up the half with a 42.9 (12-28) shooting percentage from the field.
- Pacific's offense improved significantly in the second half, shooting 54 percent both from the field and the free throw line, in addition to a 50 percent (3-6) effort from beyond the arc.
- The Pilots opened the second half with a made layup by Franklin Porter, which tied the game up (31-31) for the only time in the contest. The Tigers rode and 8-0 run for nearly four minutes from 17:14-13:15 to take their largest lead of the game (44-33).
- At 9:29 the Pilots came within four, but shortly fell behind by double-digits and with just 1:55 remaining in the contest the Tigers reached its largest advantage of 17 points (66-49).
- Overall the Tigers held the edge in rebounds (35-31), assists (14-6), points in the paint (26-20) and second chance points (10-4).
- Roberto Gallinat was tabbed the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading all players with 18 points, while also pulling down five rebounds.
- Jahlil Tripp played every minute for Pacific, totaling eight rebounds and six assists.
- Anthony Townes shot 75 percent (6-8) from the field for a total of 12 points.
- Miles Reynolds (12) and Jack Williams (10) also finished with double-digit scoring performances.
Things you should know
- Pacific has done an exceptional job taking care of the basketball, committing only a combined 22 turnovers in the last three games, which included a season-low six turnovers against the Pilots.
- Saturday's wins marks the first time the men's basketball has won three-consecutive conference contests since a member of the Big West. The Tigers snagged four-straight victories against Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, and Long Beach State to conclude 2012-13 play.
- Namdi Okonkwo continues to crawl up the single-season record book for blocks and with one against Portland his season total is currently at 45, just six shy of third all-time.
Pacific will return home for two next weekend against Pepperdine and Saint Mary's. The Tigers will host the Waves on Thursday, January 18 and the Gaels on Saturday, January 20. Both games will have a 7:00 pm tip-off.
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