Pacific Rebounds to Win Over UC Riverside

Pacific Rebounds to Win Over UC Riverside

STOCKTON, Calif. – It was an afternoon of season-bests for the Pacific men's basketball team as they claimed a convincing 74-54 victory over UC Riverside to open the Pacific-hosted Tigers Thanksgiving Classic.

Pacific improves to 4-2 on the season, while the Highlanders fall to 1-4. 


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First Half

  • The score was tight through the first five minutes of play, but following three-consecutive fast-break baskets by Jahbril Price-Noel, Jeremiah Bailey, and Roberto Gallinat and a made free throw by Gallinat put the Tigers up by five points (10-5). That score held until 13:44. 
  • The Highlanders went on to score five straight to tie the game up at 10-10.
  • The lead changed twice more throughout the half and it was not until nearly the 10 minute mark that the Tigers took the lead for the final time. A three-pointer by Khy Kabellis put the Tigers up 15-13. Pacific won the next six points to extend its lead 21-13.
  • UC Riverside's largest deficit came following another made jumper by Kabellis, which gave the Tigers a 30-20 lead with just 28 second left to play in the half.
  • The Highlanders made up some ground with a near buzzer-beater at the four-second mark. Ajani Kennedy knocked down a long-ball to put UCR back within seven (30-23).
  • Pacific was very successful in the paint, holding the edge, 14-4.

Second Half

  • The Tigers out-rebounded the Highlanders 18-10 and shot 58.3 percent from the field to secure the 20-point victory.
  • Pacific held a double-digit lead for nearly the entire second half. UCR battled back within nine on two-more occasions, the first following consecutive free throws made by Zac Watson and a three-pointer by Men Dijkstra with just 8:36 to play. 
  • Following the final media timeout the Tigers out-scored the Highlanders, 10-4 to secure the win.


Notable Performances

  • Lafayette Dorsey scored 16 second-half points to earn the City of Stockton Human Resources Player of the Game. The Los Angeles product matched his career-high of 18 points, while also adding five rebounds and three assists to his afternoon totals.
  • Gallinat led the Tigers offensively for the second-consecutive contest, scoring 20 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 9-for-10 shooting from the free throw line. 
  • Kabellis topped his career-best, scoring 11 points. He sank a team-high two three-pointers and was 4-for-7 overall from the field. He was 1-for-2 from the charity stripe.
  • Defensively, Jahlil Tripp was stellar, pulling down 12 total rebounds, 10 of which were defensive. In addition, he snagged two of the Tigers three steals. Tripp also had four assists on the day

Things to Know

  • Pacific nearly matched its highest field goal percentage on the season, shooting 52 percent. 
  • The Tigers topped their opponents in points (74-54), rebounds (40-25), assists (10-8), and points scored from the free throw line (19-10).

Up next for the Tigers

  • Pacific will take on Abilene Christian on Friday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. 

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