MALIBU, Calif. – It was a night of firsts for the Pacific men's basketball and head coach Damon Stoudamire as the Tigers claimed their seventh West Coast Conference victory en route to a season sweep of Pepperdine with an 81-72 decision at the Firestone Fieldhouse Saturday night.
Pacific improves to 12-13 overall and its 7-5 conference record marks the most wins by the men's basketball program since rejoining the WCC in 2013-14. In addition, it was the first time the men's program secured back-to-back road wins in conference play since rejoining as a member.
The Waves fall to 4-20 on the season and are now 1-11 against their WCC foes.
In case you missed it
- Despite Pacific winning the tip to open the game, Pepperdine went on a quick four point run. Roberto Gallinat put the Tigers on the board nearly two minutes in (18:15) with a put-back and added a made three-pointer to put Pacific back within one point (6-5).
- Prior to the 16:00 media timeout Gallinat added another made three pointer following back-to-back offensive rebounds by Namdi Okonkwo. Tigers took its first lead, 8-6.
- The game changed possession three times and was tied on five occasions in the final 15:30 of the first half
- At half, Pacific's Gallinat and Pepperdine's Edwards each had 10 points to lead all players.
- Pacific was outstanding from the three in the first half, shooting 41.7 percent (5-of-12). Gallinat and Reynolds each had two threes and Lafayette Dorsey made one three in the first 20 minutes.
- The second half was just as tight as the first with a tie score six times and eight lead changes. It was not until 7:51 that the Tigers were able to take an unrelinquished lead. Pacific earned it largest advantage (68-76) at 2:25 and with the help of three missed three-pointers by the Waves the Tigers were able to hold on for a nine-point victory.
- Pacific shot 52.5 percent from the field, 36.8 % and 70.6 % from the free throw line. In addition they held the edge in rebounds (37-29), assists (18-16), blocks (8), and steals (6-4).
- For the second-straight game Miles Reynolds was the force behind the Tigers' win, shooting 8-for-13 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free throw line for a total of 22 points on the night.
- Los Angeles native Lafayette Dorsey earned City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game recognition after contributing 16 points, 6 rebounds, two assists and two steals on the night.
- Namdi Okonkwo had another stellar night on defense, totaling seven rebounds and six blocks.
- Roberto Gallinat scored 19 points after knocking down four shots from the field, three from beyond the arc, and two from the charity stripe.
- Jahlil Tripp nearly snagged a triple-double with his nine point, nine rebound, eight assist performance.
Things you should know
- Okonkwo continues to improve on his season blocks total. With six blocks against the Waves he now has 68 on the season, just 7 shy of taking the No. 2 spot on the all-time single-season blocks list. Currently he trails George Fowler (74) and Michael Olowokandi (95).
Pacific will return home for a two-game homestand next weekend. Thursday the Tigers will host Gonzaga, while Saturday's contest will feature Portland, both of which will tip-off at 7:00 pm. Links for live video and stats can be found on the Pacific men's basketball schedule page at pacifictigers.com
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