BOISE, Idaho – In its final game before the holiday break, the Pacific men's basketball fell to Boise State by a score of 83-71 on Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.
The Tigers remain four games above .500, holding an overall record of 9-5, while the Broncos improve to 5-7 on the season.
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- The Tigers found themselves at a very quick disadvantage as Boise State opened the contest with an 8-1 run. At 17:52 Ajare Sanni was able to cut the Broncos lead to just four with his first made three pointer of the game.
- At 16:23 the Tigers' defense struggled to get a stop as they allowed the Broncos to outscore them, 17-2, which put Boise State up by 16 points with just over 10 minutes to play in the half.
- Boise State would take a lead as large as 18 points, but following a made jumper by the Broncos at 8:28, Pacific was able to record its own run of 12-1.
- Pacific would continue to battle it out for the remainder of the half, and with help of a five-point effort from Sanni in the final three minutes, the Tigers were able to conclude the first 20 minutes within four points of the Broncos (39-35).
- The two squads were relatively balanced through the first half, both teams recording 14 rebounds and two steals. Pacific held the edge in assists (8-4) and second change points (6-4).
- Pacific opened the second half scoring with Jahlil Tripp making a jumper in the paint, just 32 seconds in. It marked the first time the Tigers had been within two points of the Broncos since the 16:23 mark in the first half.
- The Broncos then went on a 12-2 run to pull back ahead by double-digits, going up by 14 points (51-37).
- Four minutes separated the Tigers first two points of the half and their next made basket. At 15:11 Price-Noel was fouled on his shot and made one-of-two free throws to bring the score to 51-38.
- Boise State held a double-digit lead until the 12:10 mark. Following two made free throws by Broncos' Justinian Jessup, Pacific went on a five-point run to come back within eight points (56-48).
- The Tigers battled back within three points once more, following a five point effort by Price-Noel and Jeremiah Bailey, but the Broncos quickly pulled away and remained at a comfortable distance the remainder of the game.
- Gallinat finished with 12 points in the second half.
- Four players scored in double figures — Gallinat and Sanni each scored 15 points. Tripp and Price-Noel each totaled 13 points on the afternoon.
- Price-Noel was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Player of the Game after coming off of the bench to play point for over 25 minutes. He finished 3-for-7 from the floor, including two three pointers, and was 4-for-5 from the free throw line. In addition, he dished out a team-high four assists.
- Gallinat scored in double figures for the fifth-straight contest. In those five games he has averaged 16.4 points per game. Against the Broncos he scored seven of his points from the free throw line, bringing his consecutive made free throw total to 16-straight.
- After shooting 1-for-12 in his last two games, Sanni came out strong in the first half, scoring 14 points on 5-for-13 shooting from the field, which included four made shots from beyond the arc.
- Anthony Townes led all Pacific players on the boards, pulling down a team-high seven rebounds.
The Tigers will take the floor again in a week, when they return home to the Alex G. Spanos Center for their final non-conference contest of the season. Pacific will host UC Irvine on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7:00 p.m.
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