STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team will open 2019 West Coast Conference play on Thursday night, when it hosts BYU at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
8:00 p.m. • Alex G. Spanos Center
The first 500 fans at Thursday's game will receive a Pacific Tigers coffee mug, presented by 209 furniture.
Thursday's contest will be broadcasted live on ESPNU at 8:05 p.m. Fans can find the game at ESPN.com/watch.
Last Time Out
- Pacific defeated UC Irvine in overtime, 84-75 en route to earning its 10th win on the season this past Saturday.
- The win marked the first time the Tigers earned 10 non-conference victories and marked the program's best start since rejoining the WCC in 2013-14.
- Two players — Ajare Sanni and Roberto Gallinat had 20-point performances, with Sanni leading the way for the Tigers with 23 points.
- After finishing regulation in a 63-63 tie, the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to open overtime and outscored the Anteaters, 21-12 in the final five minutes of play.
- Defensively, Anthony Townes pulled down 10 rebounds and Kendall Small snagged four steals.
- Is 8-7 through non-conference play, which includes an 0-5 record on the road.
- The Cougars and Tigers have two common opponents this season — Nevada and UNLV.
- BYU has lost its last three contests.
- Junior forward Yoeli Childs is ranks second in the WCC with 22.3 points per game and is the conference's leading rebounder with 10.1 per game.
- TJ Haws contributes 17.3 points per game and has dished out 75 assists on the season.
- BYU leads the all-time series 10-6.
- Last season Pacific defeated the Cougars, 67-66, at home on Jan. 6, 2018. Jahlil Tripp went on to win WCC Player of the Week after leading the Tigers with 22 points.
- Pacific is 3-4 at home against BYU.
WCC Player of the Week
Sanni was named WCC Player of the Week on December 31, 2018 after shooting 50 percent (8-16) from the field, including a 60 percent (3-5) effort from beyond the arc, and 80 percent (4-5) from the free throw line for a team-leading 23 points in the Tigers win over UC Irvine on Saturday. His game totals included two steals, one assist, and one rebound.
Townes snagged weekly honors on December 17, 2018 following two stellar performances that helped the Tigers to a 2-0 finish, with wins over Long Beach State (74-68) and Cal State Northridge (79-77). Townes averaged 19 points with 70.6 percent shooting from the field and 93.3 percent shooting from the free throw line. In addition, he averaged 7.5 rebounds.
Four Pacific players average double-figures on the season. Gallinat averages 14.6 points per game, followed by Lafayette Dorsey (12.5 p/gm), Townes (10.8 p/gm), and Tripp (10.5 p/gm).
From the Stripe
Sophomore Dorsey is third nationally in free throw percentage (94.3). He has gone 50-for-53 from the charity stripe. Gallinat is shooting 87.4 percent after making a team-high 90 free throws thus far this season.
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