STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team edged Elon, 65-57, to close out play at the Tiger Thanksgiving Classic, which ran from Nov. 22-24 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Pacific improves to 5-3 and finished 3-1 in tournament play, including the program's convincing win over Stanislaus State on Nov. 13. Elon returns home with a 2-4 record after dropping three-straight contests in Stockton.
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- The Tigers made 5-of-10 attempts from the free throw line, while holding the Phoenix to just four made three-pointers and just nine total made shots from the floor.
- With consecutive made three pointers to open the contest, Elon took a quick 6-0 lead against the Tigers. Jahbril Price-Noel made three-of-four free throws to put the Tigers within three (6-3).
- The Tigers took their first lead at 7-6 following another strong effort from the free throw line.
- In a very low scoring half, the two squads remained within less than five points until the 6:44 mark, when Lafayette Dorsey snagged a defensive rebound and converted to a made layup (23-16).
- The Two teams battle back and forth without either team really having a very large leadt through the half. Pacific earned its largest lead of the first 20 minutes in the final minute of play when the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take its 33-26 lead.
- Pacific and Elon nearly matched point-for-point (32-31).
- Almost three minutes went by before either team was able to score a basket. Scoring first was Jeremiah Bailey with a three point play, scoring on a layup and making his free throw, to extend the Tigers lead to 34-29.
- Only five points separated the Tigers and Phoenix until 13:26 when Pacific went on a 9-0 run from 13:51-9:10.
- In the final 8 minutes and 30 seconds Elon and Pacific each scored 13 points, en route to the Tigers holding on for the win. Elon did not waive the white flag until the final buzzer as they were able to come back within as close as five points following consecutive made three pointers by Tyler Seibring at 1:35 and Sheldon Eberhardt at 00:44.
- In the final 30 seconds of play, Pacific was put on the free throw line three times. Gallinat and Dorsey combined for a 6-for-6 effort.
- Dorsey scored a team-high 19 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the floor, including three shots from three-point range, and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. In addition he pulled down four rebounds en route to being named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game.
- Gallinat was stellar on offense for the third-straight contest and has recorded double-digits in seven of eight games played this season. Against the Phoenix, Gallinat totaled 16 points thanks to nine points made from beyond the arc.
- Ajari Sanni came of the bench to score eight points.
- Jahlil Tripp snagged a team-high rebounds to go along with his six points, three steals, and two assists.
Two Pacific players earned a spot on the six person all-tournament team. Gallinat and Dorsey both earned the honor after helping the Tigers to a 2-1 record no the weekend with their double-digit scoring averages. Gallinat had consecutive 20-plus performances on Thursday and Friday to bring his weekend average to 19 points. He shot .591 from the field, .500 from three-point range and was 26-for-29 from the free throw line. Dorsey averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds and one assist per game, while shooting a near-perfect .933 (14-15) from the charity stripe.
The Tigers will travel to Fresno Wednesday afternoon to take on the Fresno State Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m.
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