PORTLAND, Ore. – The Pacific men's basketball team will wrap up its road trip to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday night when it takes on the Portland Pilots at the Chiles Center.
at Portland (7-10, 0-2 WCC)
Saturday, January 12, 2019
7:00 p.m. • Chiles Center
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Saturday will mark the Tigers first 7:00 p.m. game of the season. The contest will be broadcasted via ROOTS Sports Northwest.
Last Time Out
- Pacific has been unsuccessful thus far in West Coast Conference play, dropping its first three contests to BYU, San Diego, and No. 5/6 Gonzaga.
- Most recently at Gonzaga, the Tigers fell by considerable margin, dropping the game in Spokane, Wash. by a score of 67-36.
- Anthony Townes was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading the Tigers with seven rebounds and totaling six points.
- Roberto Gallinat led Pacific in its offensive efforts, knocking three shots from beyond the arc for a team-leading nine points.
About the Tigers
- Pacific is 10-8 overall this season, after going 10-5 in non-conference play.
- Three players average double-figures in scoring. Gallinat averages 14.9 points per game, followed by Dorsey (11.9 p/gm) and Tripp (11.0 p/gm). Ajare Sanni and Townes are approaching double-digit averages, tallying 9.5 points per game and 9.4 points per game, respectively.
- Tripp leads the Tigers in rebounds (6.2 p/gm), assists (2.6 p/gm), and steals (1.6 p/gm).
- The Pilots are 7-10 thus far this season, which includes an 0-2 record to open WCC competition.
- Portland has dropped three straight contests, most recently a 56-79 decision at BYU.
- Marcus Shaver Jr. leads three double-figure scorers with 14.2 points per game. JoJo Walker averages 13.4 points per game, while Josh McSwiggan scores 12.6 points per game.
- Leading on the boards is Theo Akwuba averages a team-best 5.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 27 blocks on the season.
- Pacific is 25-12 all-time and has won its last three meetings with the Pilots.
- Head coach Damon Stoudamire returns to Portland with a 3-1 record.
- The Tigers won its last meeting at the Chiles Center, 66-54 on Jan. 13, 2018.
Among the Best
Although, the Tigers only shot 13 times from the free throw line against Gonzaga, they continue to rank among the top two in free throw attempts (450) and in free throws made (343). Also as a team, Pacific ranks among the top 20-nationally with a 76.2 free throw percentage.
Lafayette Dorsey crawled up two spots since Thursday's game, ranking 11th among all Division I players with a 90.9 free throw percentage. Gallinat leads the West Coast Conference and is third in the NCAA with 110 made free throws.
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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