Tigers Edged by Gaels, 72-69

Tigers Edged by Gaels, 72-69

STOCKTON, Calif. –  The Pacific men's basketball team's four-game win streak was snapped after Saint Mary's pulled out a narrow 72-69 win over the Tigers Saturday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Pacific falls to 10-11 on the season, which includes a 5-3 record in West Coast Conference play. The Gaels improve to a 19-2 and remain perfect in WCC play.

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  • The difference between the Tigers and Gaels offensively was just one percent with Pacific shooting 49 percent (24-for-49) from the field. Tripp and Anthony Townes each shot 83 percent to lead the Tigers. Pacific shot 41.7 percent from three point range and was 16-for-23 from the free throw line.
  • Despite SMC taking the lead first, it never led by more than seven points after a made jumper by Jock Landale put them up 7-0 at 17:50. 
  • At 11:25 the Tigers were able to tie the game up at 15-15 after going on a 15-8 run. Their lead also extended to seven (23-16 and 25-18) but the Gaels were able to answer back with an 8-0 run to take a one-point lead with just over four minutes to play in the first half. 
  • At the 3:01 mark, Miles Reynolds went two-for-two at the free throw line to put the Tigers back on top and with the help of a Jack Williams jumper as well as a made layup and free throw shot by Lafayette Dorsey the Tigers were able to finish the first half with a four-point lead (32-28).
  • Defensively Pacific was outstanding in the first half, allowing Jock Landale 19 points, but keeping all other players from scoring more than four points. The Tigers out-rebounded the Gaels 17-12.
  • Pacific and Saint Mary's went on to alternate control of the contest seven times in the final 20 minutes of play. The most the Tigers led by was six points after a made jumper by Roberto Gallinat put them up 52-46 at 9:36.
  • Saint Mary's crept back and tied the game at 5:04, 2:22 and 00:51 to keep the Pacific from running away with the contest. Down one with just over a minute to go Gaels, Tanner Krebes hit a huge three pointer to give SMC the 68-66 advantage. The Tigers tied the game right back.
  • After tying the game at 00:51, an unexpected foul by the Tigers put SMC's Emmett Naar on the line and after making both shots the Gaels were up by two points with 00:41 left to play.
  • Tripp put the Tigers back within one point, but Naar returned to the line for two more made free throws to help secure the 72-69 win.
  • Overall Pacific held the edge in rebounding (30-26) and totaled 11 assists, four steals, and scored 13 points off of SMC turnovers.


Notable Performances

  • Lafayette Dorsey was tabbed the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading all Pacific players with a career-best 18 points. Dorsey finished 6-for-11 from the floor, which included two shots made from beyond the arc, and was 4-for-5 from the charity stripe.
  • Jahlil Tripp and Anthony Townes both finished with 14 points after making five baskets from the floor and four from the free throw line.
  • Jack Williams led the Tigers on the boards, snagging a game-high 10 rebounds. 


Things you should know

  • Namdi Okonkwo continues to crawl up the single-season record book for blocks and with another against Saint Mary's his season total has reached 47, just four shy of third all-time. 


Next up
The Tigers will play their next four contests on the road. They will face USF on Thursday at 7:00 pm and will wrap up weekend play at BYU on Saturday. Pacific will tip with the Cougars at 6:00 pm (PT).

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