LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Junior forward Anthony Townes snagged an offensive rebound and sank a put-back at the buzzer to give the Pacific men's basketball team a chance at a win in overtime, but the Tigers were eliminated from West Coast Conference Championship play after dropping a 71-70 decision to the University of San Francisco Saturday evening at the Orleans Arena.
Pacific concludes 2017-18 play with an overall record of 14-18 and a 9-9 record in WCC play. The Dons (17-14, 9-9 WCC) have advanced to the semifinal round of tournament play.
In case you missed it
- The first half was tight between the two squads with a tie score six times throughout the first 20 minutes of play.
- Pacific opened the game with consecutive three pointers by Jack Williams and Miles Reynolds.
- The Tigers held control for a majority of the first half, but were unable to take a lead larger than four points until a jumper by Miles Reynolds extended Pacific's lead to 24-18 at the 7:42 mark.
- USF answered right back with a 6-0 run that tied the game up for the final time in the half.
- Pacific would gain its six point lead once more at 2:48 and ended the half with a slight 37-36 edge over the Dons.
- As a team, the Tigers shot well in the first half, compiling percentages of 57.1 from the field and 55.6 from long range. Williams went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc en route to leading all players at half with 11 points.
- The second half looked much like the first with the Dons only taking, at most, a two-point lead until the 3:01 mark which started a 5-2 run that put USF up by four with just 1:20 left to play.
- Pacific would go on to tie the game twice more, including the buzzer beater by Anthony Townes to force a 5 minute overtime period.
- San Francisco took a quick five point lead to open the overtime period, but at the 1:31 mark, Jahlil Tripp made two free throws, snagged a rebound on defense and converted to a made layup to put the Tigers back within one point with just over one minute left to play.
- On defense, Townes blocked and outside shot by Frankie Ferrari and although USF's Matt McCarthy snagged the offensive rebound, the Dons shot clock expired and in turn gave the Tigers one last chance at a victory.
- Despite the effort of an outside jumper by Jack Williams, Pacific would run out of time and eventually fall to the Dons for the third time this season.
- Pacific finished with a stellar 94.1 shooting from the charity stripe, while also holding the edge from three-point range 40.0% - 38.5%.
- Miles Reynolds led four double-digit scorers with 20 points on the night. The junior from Chicago went 6-for-14 from the field and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. He also tallied four assists.
- Jahlil Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after securing his sixth double-double one the season, totaling 16 points and 11 rebounds. In addition Tripp dished out four assists on the night.
- Jack Williams recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds. Anthony Townes finished the night with 12 points, six rebounds, and a matched his career-high in blocks (3).
Things you should know
- Namdi Okonkwo finish the season as the No. 2 ranked player on the single-season blocks list with 80 blocks this season. The senior trails 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.
- Despite four losses to end the season, Pacific finished with its best conference record since joining the WCC in 2013-14.
- Four players received WCC postseason honors, including Okonkwo snagging Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Jahlil Tripp was named to the WCC Second Team, while Roberto Gallinat and Miles Reynolds were both named to the honorable mention.
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