Reno, Nev. – The Pacific men's basketball team struggled to find momentum Friday night which led to a 83-61 loss to No. 7 Nevada in Reno at the Lawlor Event Center.
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- The Tigers definitely challenged the Wolf Pack in the first half. Each team totaled 10 made baskets inside the paint and 10 baskets from the bench. Pacific also converted all four of Nevada's turnovers into scores and scored nine second-chance baskets.
- Pacific got into early foul trouble in the first half, committing a total of 11 in the first 20 minutes.
- Despite Nevada scoring first the Tigers were able to take a lead four times within the first nine minutes of play, but a Nevada three-pointer at 9:21 put the Tigers at their largest deficit (5 pts.).
- The Wolf Pack extended their lead to eight, but Pacific answered back with a 5-0 run that put it back within three points (22-19). Roberto Gallinat started the run with a deep three-pointer and Lafayette Dorsey tacked on two more with a layup off of a pass from Gallinat.
- The Tigers would come within three once more, but with Nevada would 6-4 over the final 2:35 to hold on to a nine-point lead (34-25) at half.
- The Tigers improved significantly on shots from the field in the second half, shooting 51.9 percent, while Nevada dropped to 43.3 percent.
- Fouls became an even larger issue in the second half with the Tigers committing 17. 15 of Nevada's second-half points came from the free throw line.
- It was all Wolf Pack in the second half. The Tigers opened with a three-pointer that would put them back within five points, but the Wolf Pack went on a 12-2 run from 18:39 to 15:14 to put them up by 15 points.
- The Tigers were kept at a distance the remainder of the game, unable to come back within less than 13 points.
- Anthony Townes was the Tigers leading scorer, totaling 13 points on a flawless 5-for-5 shooting in the paint. He finished 3-for-5 from the free throw line.
- Dorsey was the only other Tiger able to surpass single-digits in scoring, totaling 10 on the night. The sophomore was 5-for-12 from the field.
- Jahlil Tripp was 3-for-7 from the floor and made two free throws to total nine points, while also leading the Tigers with eight defensive rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Things you should know
- Jeremiah Bailey has only scored from beyond the arc this season, totaling five three pointers on the season thus far. Bailey drained two three's against Nevada.
What coach Stoudamire had to say
"We had some opportunities in the first half, open shots, but the reality of it is that tonight, for me, we just did not do a good enough job in the second half defensively. The first half it was what it was, we were still in the game, but in the second half I was disappointed in our effort defensively. We just did not do a good job of doing the things that we do everyday. When you play against a team like Nevada the wiggle room is not there. You do not have to play perfect basketball to beat them, but you cannot do the things that we did this evening."
"To play a game like this so early is going to be difficult with the young guys. I think a couple of the guys were able to see what is really looks like to play a team like this and hopefully they learn from it, we learn from it."
"We lost the game, but there is not shame in losing to Nevada. We have two games next week and they are two game that we feel like we can get and gain momentum, that is all I care about."
The Tigers will return to Stockton for their 2018 home opener against Stanislaus State on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. That game is one-of-four that associated with the Pacific-hosted Tiger Thanksgiving Classic. UC Riverside, Abilene Christian, and Elon will round out the field for the event, which takes place Nov. 22-24 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
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