Tigers Open Season With Win on the Road

Tigers Open Season With Win on the Road

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The Pacific men's basketball team claimed its first victory of the season Tuesday night at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Tigers earned the win by a score of 74-65.

In case you missed it

First Half

  • In the first half the Tigers shot 48.3 percent from the field, including six made shots from long range and were 6-for-8 from the free throw line, while holding the Cougars to just 14% from three point range and 25% from the free throw line.
  • After winning the tip, freshman Jahbril Price-Noel scored his first career three pointer to put the Tigers on the board first. 
  • Fellow newcomer Jeremiah Bailey made his own three-pointer to increase the Tigers lead to six points. 
  • Pacific went on an 16-0 run through the first four minutes of play and did not allow SIUE to score its first points until the 14:29 mark. Pacific recorded three turnovers that resulted in consecutive scores by the Cougars (16-6).
  • Neither team found the inside of the rim more than twice from 12:12-9:03. Following the 9:03 mark the Tigers went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 27-8. 
  • The two squads matched point-for-point the remainder of the first half to finish with a 40-21 halftime score in favor of Pacific.

Second Half

  • SIUE played significantly stronger in the second half en route to working its way back within 10 points at 15:31.
  • From 14:51-10:56 the Cougars stayed within nine points of the Tigers, but a made layup by Brandon McGhee gave the Tigers an 11-point edge once again. 
  • With just under four minutes left in regulation SIUE made a three-pointer that put the Cougars at their lowest deficit of the half (6 pts.).
  • When it came down to the final six minutes Pacific was held scoreless for 4 minutes, 11 seconds. At 1:23, with just a 65-61 lead,  Roberto Gallinat had a quick turnaround jumper that put the Tigers back up by six points. 
  • Pacific would go on to outscore SIUE 7-4 in the final minute of play to secure the season-opening victory.

Notable Performances

  • Anthony Townes was outstanding, totaling 15 points and snagging a team-leading seven rebounds. The Modesto, Calif. native hit 7-of-10 from the field and was 1-for-2 at the free throw line. 
  • Lafayette Dorsey topped all players with 18 points. He shot 50% (5-of-10) from the field and scored seven points from the charity stripe. The sophomore also dished out three assists on the night.
  • Roberto Gallinat was the third Tiger to earn double-digit points. Gallinat's 13 points was mostly credited to his perfect 8-for-8 performance at the free throw line.
  • Jahlil Tripp was consistent across the board, tallying six assists, five points, and five rebounds.
  • Jeremiah Bailey was stellar in his Pacific debut, shooting 43% (3-of-7) from beyond the arc for a total of nine points.

Things you should know

  • Lafayette Dorsey matched his career high of 18 points. His first 18-point accomplishment came at home against Saint Mary's on Jan. 20, 2018. In addition, he matched his career high of 3 assists. 
  • Anthony Townes was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game. 
  • The Tigers surpassed their average score from last season (71.3) after totaling 74 against the Cougars.

What coach Stoudamire had to say

"I was really happy and pleased in the first half with our ball movement. I thought we made some great extra passes and we really shared the ball, which is something that we stress a lot throughout the early part of the season."

"We out-rebounded them by 18, I thought that was really good. I feel like we did a good job defensively. I think we've gotten better defensively and we do a great job away from the ball. "

"Obviously I am disappointed in the turnovers because they were not forcing us into turnovers, they were just careless turnovers."

"I have been talking a lot about the mental part of the game and for me we just didn't have that in the second half."

"I think we made strides. I am happy we made stops when we needed them. I will say this too … I think Brandon McGhee, for me, is the toughest guy on this team. I think he is a guy that you can use at any part of the game, he is always ready and I thought he did some good things and he definitely contributed to the victory."

"Nevada will be a really big test. We have our hands full going in there and I am interested to see how we respond to that challenge. From a talent stand point I think we bridge that gap, but from a mental stand point I think we need to continue to grow." 

What's next
The Tigers will be home less than 24 hours as they will be traveling to Reno to take on Nevada on Friday, Nov. 8. Pacific fell to the Wolf Pack in its last meeting with the Wolf Pack. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Watch it 
Friday's game will be streamed live on ESPN3. Fans can access the link to the game on the men's basketball schedule page at pacifictigers.com

Follow the Tigers
For more information about the Pacific men's basketball team, be sure to follow them on twitter (@PacificMensBB) and on Instagram (pacificmensbb). Fans can also have access to score updates, statistics, game recaps, and more by downloading the Pacific Tigers Front Row app, which is available for free in the App Story or through Google Play.