Ajare Sanni Scores 32 in Pacific's Overtime Loss to Fresno State

Ajare Sanni Scores 32 in Pacific's Overtime Loss to Fresno State

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team fell to Fresno State, 81-78 in overtime on Wednesday night, but it was not without some excitement. 

With just 00:17 remaining on the clock, junior guard Brandon McGhee gave the Tigers their first lead of the game (60-59) with a rebound and put-back With Pacific down once more by two (62-60) McGhee throws up a shot from behind the backboard at the 00:03 mark to tie the game and force an overtime period.

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First Half

  • Pacific had a slow start to open the contest, falling to a quick 16-1 deficit. The Tigers chipped away at the Bulldogs lead, coming back within seven following an eight-point effort by Lafayette Dorsey and two made free throws by McGhee.
  • At 3:42 the Tigers found themselves back within five points (30-25) after a three-point play by McGhee.
  • The two teams nearly matched point for point through the final three minutes of play, with the Tigers shrinking the Bulldogs lead to four as a result of another McGhee basket. 
  • Fresno State's Lozaro Rojas, who came off the bench for the Bulldogs, answered with a made basket at 00:44 to put give his team a six point lead (36-30) at halftime.
  • FSU out-shot Pacific from the field, 48.3 - 37.0, despite the two squads matching up well from beyond the arc and from the free throw line.

Second Half

  • The Tigers used a different lineup in the second half, hoping to continue with a strong offensive effort. Ajare Sanni went 4-for-8 from the floor, which included four shots made from three-point range to lead Pacific. 
  • Following the 11-minute media timeout Fresno State took a 10 point lead for the final time in the contest. Pacific went on a 6-0 scoring run thanks to layups made by Dorsey, Jahlil Tripp, and Roberto Gallinat
  • A made three-pointer by Sanni at 5:37 put the Tigers closer to the Bulldogs than they had been since 18:07 in the first half. The Tigers went on a 10-8 run to return within one point of the Bulldogs (59-58). 
  • McGhee went on to give the Tigers their first lead before Fresno State's Deshon Taylor scored two on a layup and knocked down the additional shot on the foul to give the Bulldogs a 62-60 edge. 
  • With the ball coming out of Dorsey's hand on a drive to the basket, McGhee recovered the ball and tossed up a soft shot from behind the right of the backboard to knot the game up at 62 and to force a five minute overtime period. 

Overtime

  • Pacific was out-scored in overtime, 19-16. 
  • FSU opened the period with a 7-0 scoring run, but Sanni was determined to keep the Tigers close, scoring four of Pacific's five baskets from the floor. 
  • Dorsey was 4-for-4 from the free throw line, while Anthony Townes also scored a basket.
  • With just six seconds left the Bulldogs were on their way to a five-point victory, but with a foul on Dorsey at 00:01, Pacific finished just three points shy of Fresno State (81-78).

Notable Performances

  • Sanni was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after scoring a career-high 32 points, which is also a season-high for any player on the Tigers' team. The true freshman was 12-for-22 from the field with seven three-pointers on the night. In addition, he totaled two assists and two steals.
  • Dorsey recorded his fourth-consecutive double-digit scoring night, totaling 16 on the night. With another perfect performance from the free throw line, the Los Angeles product is now 29-for-31 (93.5) overall this season.
  • McGhee finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
  • Jahlil Tripp pulled down a team-high eight rebounds to go along with his seven points, four assists, and two steals.
  • Townes had a career-high four blocks.



Team Numbers

  • The Tigers scored 64 points off of the bench. 
  • Held the edge in points off turnovers (18-15) and second chance points (17-11).
  • Recorded a season-high five blocks.


Up Next
Pacific returns to the Alex G. Spanos Center Saturday night to take on another Mountain West Conference-foe Air Force. That night will also serve as the program's military appreciation night. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.


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