Pacific Dominates in Home Opener

Pacific Dominates in Home Opener

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball opened its 2018-19 home campaign with a bang, in front of over 2,000 people the Tigers defeated Stanislaus State by a convincing score of 91-66. 

Pacific improves to 2-1 on the season, while Stanislaus remains 2-0 after labeling Tuesday's game as one of the program's exhibitions. 

In case you missed it

First Half

  • Stanislaus State challenged the Tigers for a majority of the first half, jumping out to a 3-0 start. They stayed close until Pacific went on an 8-5 run following a 4-4 tie that gave them its largest lead of the half (5 pts.) at 14:51.
  • The Warriors battled back within one point (11-12), but a jumper by Jahlil Tripp put the Tigers up 14-11 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the half.
  • Lafayette Dorsey put the Tigers up by five again at 12:51 with a made three pointer, making it 17-12. Stanislaus State answered back with a three of its own less than a minute later to come back within two of the Tigers.
  • Tigers never held a larger lead than five points until a dunk by Anthony Townes at the 7:39 put them up 26-20. They went on a 12-2 run that ended with a 20-22 lead with just under 1:30 to play. 
  • With just five seconds left in the first half, Roberto Gallinat made a ball from long range to wrap up the first 20 minutes with an 11-point lead.
  • Anthony Townes went five-for-six from the field in the first half, snagging a majority of his total points scored (11 pts.).
  • Tigers held the edge in field goal percentage (61.5-33.3), three-point percentage (54.5-14.3), rebounds (20-10) and assists (12-6).

Second Half

  • Pacific held the Warriors to scoring just three points through nearly the first seven minutes of the second half, outscoring Stanislaus 15-3.
  • Zach Cameron made two free throws just before the 10 minute mark to lift the Tigers to a whopping 32 point lead (67-35).
  • Stanislaus shot significantly better from all areas of the court in the second half, but the Tigers were too far ahead to add any pressure. 
  • Ajare Sanni was a force to be reckoned with in the final 13 minutes, scoring his first three-pointers of the season and making a late layup en-route to a season-high 11 points. 


Notable Performances

  • Tripp led the Tigers with 17 points, while also totaling five rebounds, four assists, and a steal on the night.
  • Townes had another solid night finishing with 15 points and a team-leading eight rebounds. 
  • Gallinat also scored double-digits, totaling 12 on 3-for-7 shooting from the field, which included sinking two baskets from long range, and 4-for-4 shooting from the free throw line.
  • Sanni had a career-night, coming off the bench to score 11 points. The freshman from Houston made two-of-six shot attempts from three-point range and was 3-for-4 from the charity stripe in just 13 minutes of play.


Things you should know

  • Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after shooting 5-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the free throw line for a total of 17 points.
  • Anthony Townes has scored in double-digits in all three games the Tigers have played in this season, reaching 15 on two occasions.
  • The Tigers are out-shooting their opponents from the free throw line by nearly 10 percent (71.6-61.8). Against the Warriors they made 24-of-31 attempts for a 77.4 percent.
  • The collective effort was stellar, with the Tigers recording a season-best 18 assists. Tripp and Brandon McGhee led with four each, while Jahbril Price-Noel and Khy Kabellis each dished out three assists.


What's next
The Tigers will hit the road again on Wednesday when they travel to Pocatello, Idaho to prepare for Thursday's game at Idaho State. The Tigers and Bengals will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. PST


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