STOCKTON, Calif. – Junior guard Roberto Gallinat scored a career-best 24 points to lead the Pacific men's basketball team to its fourth-consecutive victory and the program's best start to conference play since the 2012-13 season with a 92-78 win over Pepperdine Thursday night.
Gallinat finished 6-for-10 from the floor, which included matching his season-high of four made three pointers, and was 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
Pacific improves to 10-10 on the season with a 5-2 record against its conference foes. Although Pepperdine fought valiantly, it falls to 3-16 and 0-7 in WCC play.
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- Pepperdine took advantage of a slow start by the Tigers, claiming a quick 13 point lead after going eight-for-eight from the floor and three-for-three from the free throw line in the first 5:13.
- The Tigers climbed back within three points after riding a 15-5 run from 14:47-10:10.
- Consecutive made layups by Miles Reynolds at 7:58 and 7:08 cut the Waves lead to one point and with a made jumper by Jack Williams at 6:19 the Tigers were able to take their first lead of the game (31-30).
- Pacific finished the first 20 minutes with a 16-7 run to extend its lead to double-digits (47-37).
- Jahlil Tripp led the Tigers with 13 points in the first half, scoring six points in the final five minutes, 21 seconds. Tripp was perfect from the floor (5-for-5) and went 3-for-4 at the free throw line. In addition, he snagged a team-high 6 rebounds.
- The Tigers held a considerable lead for nearly the first 10 minutes of the second half, snagging its largest lead of 14 points (60-46) off of a made layup by Lafayette Dorsey at 14:33. Pepperdine came back within five points five times throughout the remainder of the game, but Roberto Gallinat scored 11 points for the Tigers in the final 3:28 to put Pepperdine out of reach for the win.
- It was only the third time the Tigers shot 60 percent or better from the floor going 36-for-60 against the Waves. From the free throw line the Tigers shot 78.9 percent (15-19).
- Pacific held the edge in nearly every statistical category including rebounds (34-27), assists (15-14), steals (6-5) and blocks (3-1). In addition, the Tigers out-scored the Waves 50-22 in the paint.
- Jahlil Tripp also had a stellar night, scoring 21 points. He was near perfect from the field (8-9) and from the charity stripe (5-6). Defensively, he totaled eight rebounds, two steals and one block.
- Jack Williams just missed his second double-double of the season after scoring 12 points and tallying nine boards.
- Miles Reynolds also scored 12 points on the night, while dishing out a career-best eight assists.
Things you should know
- Despite offering eight turnovers in the first half, the Tigers only allowed three turnovers in the final 20 minutes of play to average just 8.25 per game.
- Thursdays win marks the first time the men's basketball program has won four-consecutive contests since its final season with the Big West in 2012-13 season. 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 Pepperdine his season total is at 46, just five shy of third all-time.
Pacific will play Saint Mary's for the second and final time this season on Saturday at 7:00 pm. in the Alex G. Spanos Center. The Gael topped the Tigers, 74-56 in their first meeting.
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