LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a season of firsts, the Pacific men's basketball team has another, earning a first-round bye for next week's 2018 West Coast Conference Tournament with final records regular-season records of 14-17 and 9-8 in WCC play.
Despite an 11-point lead at halftime, the Tigers dropped its final conference contest of the season at Loyola Marymount by a score of 74-71.
Pacific men's basketball will play as the No. 5 seed in next weekend's tournament and will face the University of San Francisco on Saturday, March 3 at 3:00 pm.
In case you missed it
- For the second-straight game, Roberto Gallinat wrapped up the first 20 minutes with 15 points after going 6-for-10 from the field, 2-for-2 from the three point line, and 1-for-3 from the free throw line.
- The score was tied five times in the first 10 minutes of play with only three points separated the Tigers and Lions. From 10:05 to 00:50 the Tigers went on a 17-6 run to gain its largest lead of 11 points.
- Jack Williams also scored double digits in the first half, knocking down 10 points. Namdi Okonkwo had eight points and snagged a team-best six rebounds.
- Pacific took its strong shooting into the second half, extending its lead to 16 points with the help of a five point effort by Jahlil Tripp and a four-point effort by Okonkwo in the first 4:30.
- It was an 11 point swing after the Lions went on a 17-8 run from 15:30-8:20.
- LMU went on to tied the game (61-61) for the sixth time following two layups and a three-point play by Zafir Williams and James Bateman, respectively.
- The game was tied twice more (65-65, 67-67) before the Lions took control of the game for the last time, outscoring the Tigers 13-10 to snag the three-point victory.
- The Lions out-shot the Tigers 63.3%-45.8% in the second half, but with the Tigers' 54.8% effort in the first half, both teams finished with nearly identical percentages for the game.
- Pacific matched up closely with LMU in rebounds, each with 30 and in assists (18-19), while holding the edge in blocks (3-0).
- Roberto Gallinat swept the City of Stockton Hardworking Player of the Game awards this week after his 23 point day brought his weekend total to 63 points. He finished 9-for-19 with two three pointers and three made free throws.
- Namdi Okonkwo scored double digits for the just the fourth time this season, totaling a season best 16 points. In addition, he had a team-high eight rebounds.
- It was almost another triple-double day for Jahlil Tripp as he dished out a career-high 12 assists, while also collecting 10 points and eight rebounds.
Things you should know
- Namdi Okonkwo had two more blocks against LMU to finish regular-season play with 80 blocks. He claimed second place with his four blocks against San Francisco on Thursday night. The senior continues to trail Michael Olowokandi for the top spot on the single-season list. Olowokandi holds the record with 95 blocks, which he set during the 1997-98 season.
- The WCC men's basketball tournament begins Friday with play in games, which will feature No. 7 Santa Clara, No. 8 Loyola Marymount, No. 9 Portland and No. 10 Pepperdine.
- This year's Conference Tournament will return to Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Women's Basketball will open the six-day event on Thursday, March 1.
- For additional information on the WCC Tournament visit wccsports.com.
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