Pacific Drops Contest at San Diego

Pacific Drops Contest at San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball dropped its second-straight contest Saturday night when it fell to San Diego, 73-64.

With the loss, the Tigers fall to 10-7 overall, 0-2 in WCC play, while the Toreros improve to 12-5, 1-1 in the WCC.

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First Half

  • Pacific jumped out to an early lead, opening with a 5-0 run thanks to a made layup by Brandon McGhee and a good three-pointer by Lafayette Dorsey, both of which off of feeds by Ajare Sanni
  • The Tigers extended their lead to six after finishing a 5-4 run that gave them a 10-4 lead at 14:40. 
  • San Diego answered with a 7-0 run that put the Toreros up for the first time in the half (11-10).
  • There were four more lead changes through the first half. Despite taking a three point lead (20-17) at 5:59, Pacific was unable to hold its edge and was outscored 14-5 in the final five minutes to finish the first half down 31-25.
  • Both squads matched up evenly from beyond the arc, shooting 33.3 percent. San Diego led from the field, 47.8% - 37.0%. 
  • Jahlil Tripp led all players with nine points and had three rebounds. 

Second Half

  • Pacific did not fair much better in the second half. After opening the half with a made jumper by Tripp, San Diego held the Tigers to 27 points for nearly seven minutes en route to securing its largest lead (20 pts.) of the game at 13:41.
  • San Diego possessed a double-digit lead until the 6:02 mark when Dorsey and Roberto Gallinat each made two free throws to put the Tigers back within eight points (53-45).
  • The Tigers would come back within single-digit three more times, but eventually fell by a convincing 73-64 score.
  • Gallinat and Tripp each scored 15 second-half points, while Dorsey contributed nine points in the half.

Notable Performances

  • Junior guard Jahlil Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after matching his career-high of 24 points. Tripp finished 10-for-15 from the field, 1-for-3 from three-point range, and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. In addition, he led the Tigers with five rebounds and three steals. 
  • Gallinat had another strong night offensively, scoring 19 points, thanks to nine made free throws, a 4-for-8 effort from the field and a 2-for-4 effort from beyond the arc.
  • Dorsey scored in double-figures for the 10th time this season. The sophomore went 6-for-16 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.
  • Despite finishing scoreless, Sanni contributed in other ways, dishing out three of the Tigers' five assists, while tallying four rebounds and two steals.
  • As a team, Pacific topped the Toreros in points off of turnovers (17-14), second-chance points (8-7), bench points (23-13), and steals (8-7).

Up Next
Pacific's tough start to West Coast Conference play will continue through next Thursday as the Tigers are scheduled to open next weekend at No. 5 Gonzaga. That contest will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

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