Tigers Battle Back for 74-68 Win over 49ers

Tigers Battle Back for 74-68 Win over 49ers

STOCKTON, Calif. – Sophomore guard Lafayette Dorsey scored nearly half of the Tigers total score to lead the Pacific men's basketball team to a 74-68 win against visiting Long Beach State on Monday night.

The Tigers improve to 8-4 overall, 6-1 at the Alex G. Spanos Center, while Long Beach State remains winless (0-7) on the road and falls to 3-9 overall. The win marks the Tigers first three-game win streak on the season, while their 8-4 record is the best start for the program since the 2014-15 season.

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First Half

  • The score was tied three times and the lead changed six times throughout the first 20 minutes. After the final tie at 10-10, Pacific went on a 6-2 run to take a slight 16-12 lead over the 49ers. 
  • Following a three-pointer by Jeremiah Bailey at 11:30, Long Beach State held Pacific to just two points over the next 4:42. 
  • Kendall Small put the Tigers back in the game after sinking a soft jumper from the top right of the key to put Pacific back within six points (23-29) at 5:20. Lafayette Dorsey immediately added three more for the Tigers with his third shot made from beyond the arc. 
  • Long Beach State went on a 9-4 run to wrap up the first half with a 38-30 lead. 
  • Dorsey topped all players with 15 points after shooting 80 percent (4-5) from the field, 75 percent (3-4) from three point range and 100 percent (4-4) from the free throw line.
  • The 49ers were very difficult for the Tigers to stop in the first half, shooting a stellar 60.9 percent from the field as a team. Pacific also trailed in rebounding at half, 17-14.

Second Half

  • The Tigers improved their shooting by over 20 percent in the second half, going 15-for-26 in the field for 57.7 percentage. 
  • Long Beach State took its momentum into the second half, opening the second 20 minutes with an 11-4 run en route to the 49ers largest lead of the contest (15 points).
  • Pacific answered back with a 13-0 run to come back within two points (47-49). Roberto Gallinat  and Jahlil Tripp made up for nine of the 13 points during the run. 
  • The 49ers held a lead no larger than four throughout the remainder of the game and it was not until under the 10 minute mark that the Tigers were able to tie the game for the fourth time. Dorsey made a layup and sank his foul shot to tie the game up at 56-56. 
  • Down by one, once more, Dorsey made another layup at 8:45 to give the Tigers their first lead of the half. 
  • The score was tied at points 59 and 61 before Pacific took a four-point lead on consecutive made jumpers by Gallinat. 
  • Long Beach State remained close the remainder of the game and despite coming within one point on two more occasions, the Tigers were able to hold on for the 74-68 victory. 

Notable Performances

  • Dorsey was without a doubt the top selection for tonight's City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after hitting 9-of-14 shots taken from the field, including three baskets made from beyond the arc. The WCC free throw percentage leader was flawless from the charity stripe, knocking down all 10 attempts on the night.
  • For the second-straight contest, Gallinat totaled 16 points. Gallinat shot 6-for-14 from the floor, which included two very exciting dunks. Also having a strong season thus far at the free throw line, Gallinat made 3-of-4 attempts.
  • Anthony Townes rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Tigers, scoring 14 on 4-for-5 shooting in the paint and a flawless 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line. In addition, Townes led all Tigers with eight rebounds and recorded his seventh block on the season.
  • Defensively, Tripp and Jeremiah Bailey each tallied three steals, while Small had two steals. With four other Tigers with at least one steal, Pacific finished with the edge in the category, 12-7.
  • Pacific's free throw performance was key for the win as they shot 95 percent (19-for-20) on the night.

Up Next
Pacific will play two more games before taking a quick break for the Christmas holiday. The Tigers will travel to Cal State Northridge this weekend to face the Matadors on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Then on Dec. 22, 2018 the Tigers will face Boise State at 1:00 p.m. MT.

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