Pacific's Offensive Struggles Lead to 67-36 Loss at Gonzaga

Pacific's Offensive Struggles Lead to 67-36 Loss at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. – Thursday's men's basketball game between the University of the Pacific and No. 5/6 Gonzaga is one in which both teams will want to forget about as quickly as possible. 

The Tigers (8-7, 0-3 WCC) fell to the nationally-ranked Bulldogs (15-2, 2-0 WCC) by a convincing 67-36 decision at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. 

In case you missed it

  • The Tigers did a fantastic job of slowing the pace of the game through the first half and it was not until the 6:09 mark that the Bulldogs were able to gain a double-figure lead (20-10). 
  • Despite Gonzaga opening the first half with a 5-0 run, Roberto Gallinat and Kendall Small combined for five points to tie the game at 16:16.
  • GU would go up by five again before another made three-pointer by Gallinat and a made layup by Lafayette Dorsey knotted the game up at 10-10 with 11:48 remaining in the half.
  • Pacific was left scoreless for the next six minutes. 
  • Dorsey scored his final two points at 5:28 to put the Tigers back within 12 points of the Bulldogs.
  • In the final five minutes of play, Pacific was outscored 12-3, en route to a first half score of 34-15.
  • The second half was all Bulldogs, as they held Pacific to no more than 12 points until 5:04 when a made free throw shot by Anthony Townes diminished Gonzaga's lead to 33 points (61-28).
  • The Tigers went on an 8-6 run to wrap up the final five minutes of play.

Things You Should Know

  • The Tigers forced the Bulldogs to 11 turnovers for the sixth time this season and held them to a season low of 67 points. 
  • Pacific finished 12-for-45 from the field, 4-for-15 from the three-point line, 8-for-13 from the free throw line.
  • Turnovers played a huge part in the Tigers loss Thursday night as the Bulldogs scored 27 points on the Tigers 22 turnovers.
  • 36 points is the first time the Tigers less than 40 points since the 2011-12 season. The last time the Pacific program scored as low as 36 was during the 1983-84 season.

Notable Performances

  • Townes was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading the Tigers with seven rebounds. Townes collected six points and had one steal on the night. 
  • Gallinat knocked down three three-pointers for a team-leading nine points. In addition, Gallinat had a team-high two assists. 
  • As a team, Pacific and Gonzaga matched evenly on the boards, each snagging 34 rebounds.

Up Next
Pacific will wrap up its road trip to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday night, when they face the Portland Pilots at 7:00 p.m. The contest will be available to be watched on ROOT Sports Northwest. 

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.