Tigers Drop Narrow 69-67 Decision at USF

Tigers Drop Narrow 69-67 Decision at USF

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped another close game Thursday night, falling to San Francisco, 69-67 at the War Memorial Gym.

The Tigers are now 10-12 overall, 5-4 in West Coast Conference play while the Dons improve to 12-10, 4-5 in the WCC.


In case you missed it

  • San Francisco opened the game with a 12-0 run, holding the Tigers from scoring their first two points until nearly four minutes into the contest. Lafayette Dorsey put the Tigers on the board with a made layup at 16:04 en route to a Pacific 5-0 run that cut the Dons lead to seven (39-27).
  • Miles Reynolds scored five points from 11:45-11:32 to help the Tigers come within four points, but with three-straight three pointers the Dons were able to increase its lead to double digits, a lead they retained for the remainder of the first half.
  • Reynolds nine first-half points led to a total of 19 points on the night, marking his 14th double-figure performance this season.
  • Namdi Okonkwo was stellar defensively in the second half, tallying four blocks in the first 3 minutes, 37 seconds to hold the Dons to a 1-for-5 effort during that time. Okonkwo finished with six blocks in the final 20 minutes.
  • Dorsey knocked down the most significant three-pointer of the game at 00:53 (65-63) and despite the Tigers clawing their way back within two points, San Francisco went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to hold on for the victory.
  • Pacific's defensive effort was stellar as they totaled 34 rebounds, while also holding the edge in blocks (9-3) and steals (8-4). 
  • Dorsey went 3-for-6 from the field, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the free throw line for 10 second-half points.


Notable Performances

  • Namdi Okonkwo had a season-high seven blocks, bringing his season total to 54 swats. That mark places him third on the all-time single-season list, surpassing former Tiger Vic Trierweiler, who totaled 51 in 1994-95.
  • Miles Reynolds was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading all scorers with 19 points, while also totaling five rebounds, three assists and three steals against the Dons. Reynolds finished 3-for-10 from the floor and contributed a 13-for-17 effort from the free throw line.
  • Jahlil Tripp nearly matched Reynolds numbers, going 6-for-13 from the field and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe to secure 17 points for the Tigers. He also totaled five rebounds and three assists, while also recording two steals.
  • Jack Williams scored 13 points and snagged a team-best seven rebounds, while Lafayette Dorsey secured his second-consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 12 points on the night.


What you should know

  • Pacific will face BYU Saturday, January 27 for the second time this season. The Tigers edged the Cougars 67-66 at the Alex G. Spanos Center earlier this month. Tripp led Pacific in their victory with 22 points. 


What's Next
The Tigers are set to tip with the BYU Cougars at 6:00 p.m. (PT). Fans can watch it on BYUtv or via live stats. The radio broadcast will air on 1280 AM KWSX and can be heard anywhere via the iHeart Radio app with Zack Bayrouty calling the play-by-play. The radio pregame show airs at 5:50 p.m. PT.

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.