Tigers Down Falcons, 82-69

Tigers Down Falcons, 82-69

STOCKTON, Calif. – On a night filled with honors, the Pacific men's basketball team snagged a solid 82-69 win against Air Force on Saturday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center. 

Pacific improves to 6-4 on the season, while Air Force falls to 3-5.

The night served as the program's Military Appreciation game, which included a national anthem performance by military members from Travis Air Force base and a halftime musical performance by the Air Force Band of the Golden West.

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First Half

  • Pacific jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead after forcing the Falcons to commit three turnovers and just two rebounds through the first four and half minutes of play. 
  • The Tigers gained their largest lead of the half at 4:29, following a made three-pointer by Lafayette Dorsey
  • Air Force immediately answered back with a 8-0 run to take its first lead of the game (30-29). 
  • With 37 seconds remaining Roberto Gallinat and a three pointer to put the Tigers up 32-30, but with an equalizer by the Falcons at the 00:09 mark, freshman Ajare Sanni came up big for the second-straight contest. Sanni made a three from the top of the arc and then was fouled to make it a four-point play and give the Tigers a 36-32 edge at halftime.

Second Half

  • Air Force out-scored Pacific 6-2 through the first three minutes of the second half to tie the game for one final time at 38-38.
  • The two squads remained within at least three points of one another until a consecutive scores by Anthony Townes and Khy Kabellis gave the Tigers a seven point lead (51-44).
  • Another huge three-pointer by Gallinat gave the Tigers its first 10-point lead of the contest. Gallinat went on to get a steal and make a layup to extend the lead to 12. 
  • With the Falcons and Tigers matching nearly point-for-point through the final seven minutes of play, the Tigers were able to secure a convincing 82-69 victory.

Key Numbers

5 – Five Pacific men's basketball players scored in double figures. The last time the Tigers have had five or more players score in double figures was last season, in an 88-82 overtime win against Loyola Marymount.

8 – Three Tigers snagged eight rebounds to lead both teams. 

Notable Performances

  • Jahlil Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after nearly earning his first double-double of the season. Tripp finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and one steal. 
  • Dorsey was the Tigers top scorer, totaling 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the floor and 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line. He also had multiple assists and one steal.
  • Sanni had his second-consecutive double-digit scoring performance with 15 points on five field goals, including two from three-point range, and a 3-for-3 effort from the charity stripe.
  • Also nearing a double-double was Townes with 14 points and eight rebounds. 
  • Brandon McGhee seems to be one of the Tigers strongest defensive threats as he pulled down eight rebounds, while also tallying three steals and a block.

More Honors
The Pacific women's field hockey team was also honored on the night for its third and fourth consecutive America East Division Titles. During the presentation their 2017 and 2018 championship banners were unveiled.

Up Next
The Tigers will remain home for their next two contests as they are scheduled to host University of Texas-Permian Basin on Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Long Beach State on Monday, Dec. 10. Both contests are scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

Follow the Tigers
For more information about the Pacific men's basketball team, be sure to follow them on twitter (@PacificMensBB) and on Instagram (pacificmensbb). Fans can also have access to score updates, statistics, game recaps, and more by downloading the Pacific Tigers Front Row app, which is available for free in the App Story or through Google Play.