Tigers Face No. 5/6 Gonzaga Thursday in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Thursday night the Pacific men's basketball will face No. 5/6 Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.

Game Details:

at No. 5/6 Gonzaga
Thursday, January 10, 2019
8:00 p.m. • McCarthey Athletic Center

Live Stats

ESPN Broadcast
Thursday's contest between the Tigers and Bulldogs will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

Last Time Out

  • Tigers start the WCC season at 0-2 after dropping its second contest of the weekend at San Diego, 73-64.
  • Jahlil Tripp matched his career-high of 24 points after making 10-of-15 attempts from the field, 1-of-3 from the three-point line, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. In addition, Tripp led the Tigers with five rebounds and three steals.
  • Also scoring in double-figures was Roberto Gallinat (19) and Lafayette Dorsey (15). Dorsey also contributed two assists and two steals on the night.

About the Tigers

  • Pacific is 10-7 overall this season, after going 10-5 in non-conference play.
  • Three players average double-figures in scoring. Gallinat averages 15.3 points per game, followed by Dorsey (12.4 p/gm) and Tripp (11.4 p/gm).
  • Tripp also leads the Tigers in rebounds (6.4 p/gm), assists (2.6 p/gm), and steals (1.6 p/gm).

About No. 5/6 Gonzaga

  • The Bulldogs are 14-2 overall, 1-0 in WCC play with its only losses against then-ranked No. 7 Tennessee and North Carolina. 
  • Key wins this season include an upset victory over No. 1 Duke at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, as well as wins over Illinois, and Arizona at the same event. 
  • Rui Hachimura, a Oscar Robertson Trophy candidate, is averaging a team-high 21.4 points per game. 
  • Brandon Clarke, a transfer out of San Jose State, has been stellar in his first 16 games for the Zags, averaging 17 points per game, 8.1 rebounds, and totaling 52 blocks (3.25 p/gm).
  • Josh Perkins is having a great start at point for the Bulldogs, dishing out 111 assists, which currently ranks seventh nationally. He averages 10.4 points per game. 

The History

  • Pacific and the Zags meet for the 16th time in program history.
  • Gonzaga has won the last 12 matchups and lead the all-time series, 14-1 with the Tigers lone victory coming during the 1976 season in Stockton, Calif.

NCAA Stats

  • As a team, Pacific is second in the nation in free throws made (335) and is fourth in free throw attempts (437).
  • Gallinat is secon among all Division I players in free throws made (110) and third in free throw attempts (137).

Among the Best in the WCC

  • Dorsey leads the West Coast Conference with a 92.3 free throw percentage.
  • Tripp is fifth in field goal percentage (61.0), eighth in steals (1.6 p/gm) and ninth in rebounding (6.5 p/gm).
  • Gallinat is third in free throw percentage (87.3), 13th in scoring (15.3 p/gm)
  • Ajare Sanni ranks sixth in three-point percentage (40.9)

WCC Player of the Week
The Tigers have had two WCC Player of the Week selections this season:

Ajare 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.

Anthony Townes snagged conference weekly honors on December 17, 2018 following 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.


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