Dons Down Tigers, 84-74

Dons Down Tigers, 84-74

STOCKTON, Calif. – Despite a 41-point career night by Pacific's Roberto Gallinat, the Tigers' men's basketball team was unable to pull out the win against San Francisco, falling to the Dons, 84-74, Thursday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

Gallinat's offensive effort marked the first in which a Pacific men's basketball player scored over 40 points in a single game since Rich Anema in 1986  and nearly broke the 50-year old program record for points scored in a single game. Bill Stricker currently holds the record with 44, which he set in December of 1968.

In case you missed it

  • Much like the last time the Tigers and Dons met, Pacific fell to an early nine point deficit after San Francisco went on a quick 13-4 run to open the contest.
  • Pacific answered right back with a 12-4 run of its own to come back within one point (17-16).
  • The Dons pulled away once again at the 10 minute mark, and held at least a five point lead for the remainder of the first half, concluding the first 20 minutes with a 33-27 lead.
  • The two squads shot similarly from the field, but the Dons were able to knock down six three pointers in the first half, while the Tiger were just 2-for-7 from beyond the arc. Pacific held the edge in points scored in the paint (14-10).
  • Gallinat scored 15 of his 41 points in the first half after shooting 5-for-8 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. 
  • The Tigers opened the second half with a little more fight, out-scoring the Dons 11-5 to force a 38-38 tie in the first four minutes. The game was tied on four more occasions throughout the half.
  • From 14:50-11:21 Gallinat scored 12 points to give the Tigers their first lead of the game (54-51).
  • The lead was short lived as the Dons took control once again after a made three pointer by Remy Raitanen at 10:18. San Francisco extended its lead en route to claiming the season sweep over Pacific.

Notable performances

  • Roberto Gallinat snagged the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after finishing 12-for-19 from the field, 3-for-8 from the three point line and 14-for-17 from the charity stripe.
  • Jahlil Tripp was just short of a triple double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists on the night.

Things you should know

  • Namdi Okonkwo was recognized Thursday on the Pacific's annual senior night. 
  • Okonkwo totaled five blocks against San Francisco, taking second in the single-season standings with 78 on the season. He only trails Michael Olowokandi, who set the record with 95 blocks during the 1997-98 season.
  • Pacific continues to play for a first-round bye in the upcoming WCC tournament. With back-to-back losses the Tigers are now tied with USF, 9-8 in conference play, for fifth place. 

What's Next
The Tigers will wrap up WCC regular-season play Saturday at Loyola Marymount. Tip is set for 1:00 pm.

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