STOCKTON, Calif. – Down three points with just 00:44 left in regulation, the Pacific men's basketball team was able to overcome its deficit and secure a narrow 79-77 victory over Cal State Northridge on Sunday afternoon at the Matadome.
The Tigers improve to 9-4, matching the program's best start since the 2013-14 season, while the Matadors fall to 3-7 after dropping two-straight to West Coast Conference squads.
In case you missed it
- In every category the Tigers and Matadors matched up closely, but CSUN out-shot the Tigers from the field, 50 percent (13-26) to 45.2 percent (14-31).
- Despite the Tigers taking a slight lead against the Matadors to open the contest, the score was tied four times through the first eight minutes of play. At 8-8, Pacific went on a 10-3 run to gain its largest lead of the half (18-11).
- CSUN came back within one point of the Tigers five times before tying the game up for a fifth time at 35-35 and taking the eventual lead on free throws with just 1:54 left in the half.
- Consecutive layups by Lafayette Dorsey put the Tigers ahead by three (40-37) once more, but the Matadors would go to the free throw line three more times to even the score at 40-40 as time expired.
- In a very physical first half, both teams combined for 22 fouls. Pacific made 9-of–9 in the half, while the Matadors went 11-for-15 from the free throw line.
- Pacific and CSUN continued to battle it out to open the second half. CSUN took a lead first on a three by sophomore Terrell Gomez, but five-straight points by Anthony Townes put the Tigers up by two (45-43).
- From 16:16 to 5:59, the Matadors were able to hold the Tigers from regaining the lead.
- Just under the six minute mark Pacific opened an 8-7 run that put them up by one point (72-71) with just 2:35 left to play.
- After CSUN took control again, Townes went to the line with 1:40 on the clock to hold the Tigers' point deficit to just one.
- Following a travel call by the Matadors, Pacific had a chance at taking a lead, but also committed a turnover that eventually converted to a made layup by CSUN, extending the home team's lead to three points (77-74).
- Coming out of a Pacific timeout, Roberto Gallinat attempted another three at the 00:32 mark and was fouled on the play. Gallinat then went to the free throw line and sank his seventh, eighth, and ninth free throw shots of the night to tie the game at 77-77.
- With Northridge freshman, Darius Brown II trying to draw out the clock, Brandon McGhee approached and added some pressure, which forced a CSUN turnover. McGhee then floated the stolen ball to a sprinting Gallinat, who laid the ball softly into the basket to give the Tigers a 79-77 lead with just 3.1 seconds left in regulation.
- The Matadors had one last glimmer of hope on a half court shot taken by Brown II, but the ball fell short of the rim and the Tigers claimed the win.
- Pacific scored 20 of its 39 second half points in the paint, while CSUN was held to just 10 points in the pain.
- Defensively, the Tigers made some key adjustments on defense in the second half, out-rebounding the Matadors, 19-14. Townes led the charge, pulling down five of his seven during the final 20 minutes. Pacific also held the edge in forced turnovers (8-5) and in steals (5-3).
- Townes look the best he has all season, scoring a career-high 24 points, while also pulling down seven rebounds. The senior from Modesto, Calif. was 8-for-12 from the paint and 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
- Gallinat's 22 point effort and his winning shot earned him the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game. He finished the night at 5-for-11 from the floor, which included a 3-for-8 effort from beyond the arc, and went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
- Los Angeles product, Lafayette Dorsey scored in double figures for the ninth time this season, totaling 11 points.
As a Team
- The Tigers out-rebounded their opponent, 37-30. In addition to Townes' seven rebounds, Jahlil Tripp, Brandon McGhee, and Zach Cameron each snagged six rebounds on the night.
- Pacific shot a stellar 89.2 (25-28) percent from the free throw line. Gallinat (9-9), Tripp (2-2), Dorsey (1-1), Ajare Sanni (2-2), and Khy Kabellis (2-2) were all flawless from the charity stripe. In addition, Dorsey has extended his consecutive made free throw streak to 22.
The Tigers just have two more non-conference games before opening their 2019 West Coast Conference campaign. Next up for Pacific will be a trip to Boise State on Dec. 22. Tipoff is set for 12:00 p.m. PT.
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.