Tigers Fall at the Buzzer

Tigers Fall at the Buzzer

STOCKTON, Calif. – It was a scoring frenzy for the Pacific men's basketball team on Friday evening, but a buzzer-beater by Abilene Christian handed the Tigers their third loss of the season. 

The Tigers are now 4-3, 2-1 at the Alex G. Spanos Center, while the Wildcats remain undefeated, now at 6-0. Pacific will wrap up tournament play against Elon (2-3) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. 


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First Half

  • The Tigers found themselves at a 10-point deficit after the first 20 minutes of play. Despite holding its own from the floor and matching ACU from the three point line, Pacific shot only 42.9 percent (3-for-7) from the free throw line, while the Wildcats made 75 percent (9-12) of their attempted free throws.
  • Pacific opened the game by going 4-1 in shots made. At 7-2, Jahlil Tripp made his first basket of the half (7-4), but Abilene Christian's Jalone Friday extended his teams' lead once again with a made three pointer at 15:56.
  • A made three by Roberto Gallinat and a dunk by Tripp put the Tigers within one point (10-9) and at 13:26 Brandon McGhee snags an offensive rebound and puts up a fade away three-pointer to give the Tigers their first lead of the half (12-10).
  • The Tigers went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 16-10 at the near halfway point.
  • Pacific pulled away with a slight five point lead before going on a 5-0 run to tie the game up once again (20-20). The score was tied at 22 and 24 before two made free throws put the Wildcats up on the Tigers, 26-24.
  • Despite the Tigers out-scoring the Wildcats in the final 4:21, ACU headed to the locker room with a 10 point lead (37-27).

Second Half

  • The second half was even more competitive than the first, as the Tigers improved its shooting from the field to 45 percent, while holding the Wildcats to a 48.4 field goal percentage.
  • Its was a seesaw battle through the first 6:00 minutes and it was not until 13:57 that the Tigers were able to tie the contest once again. Pacific jumped to its first lead of the half at 13:22 following two made free throws by Anthony Townes.
  • A three-pointer by ACU's Payten Ricks put the wildcats back up by three, but a tip-in by Zach Cameron tied the game at 49-all with just over 10 minutes left in regulation,
  • Pacific trailed for much of the remainder of the contest, but at 5:47 and down 63-55, the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 67-67.
  • The score was tied at 69 and 71. At 71-71 Jahlil Tripp misses a layup and with and ACU rebound, the Wildcats had one last chance at the win. At the buzzer, Abilene Christian's Jaylen Franklin tossed up a long jumper beyond the key which went through the hoop as time expired to claim the two-point (73-71) victory over the Tigers.

Notable Performances

  • For the second-straight contest Roberto Gallinat has totaled at least 20 points, scoring 21 against the Wildcats thanks to his 14-for-15 effort at the free throw line and three made shots from the field. In addition, he snagged four rebounds.
  • Jahlil Tripp scored a season-high 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-7 shooting from the free throw line.
  • Lafayette Dorsey scored 13 points, while Anthony Townes tallied 10 points.
  • Defensively, Jeremiah Bailey led the Tigers for the first time this season, pulling down a team-high seven boards.

Things to Know

  • Gallinat was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game.
  • Tigers have out-rebounded their opponents in all but one contest this season, including against the Wildcats (33-31). 
  • For the first time this season, Pacific held the edge in blocks, totaling three against ACU. In addition, Pacific's defense out-played the Wildcats 6-4 in steals.

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