Pacific Wins at Portland, 65-57

Pacific Wins at Portland, 65-57

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Pacific men's basketball team earned its 11th victory and its first West Coast Conference win of the 2018-19 season after defeating the University of Portland on Saturday night at the Chiles Center. 

The Tigers improve to 11-8 overall and 1-3 in the WCC, while the Pilots fall to 7-11 and remain winless at 0-3 in conference play.

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First Half

  • The Tigers had a lead as large as 16 points, but Portland went 9-0 in the final 2:25 of the first half to diminish Pacific's lead to just seven points (34-27).
  • The Two squads battled back and forth with possession of the game with neither team holding larger than a four-point lead through the first 8 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • Pacific went on an 16-2 run during a seven minute span (10:29-3:11) to reach its largest lead of 16  points. But a made three-pointer by Portland's Marcus Shaver Jr. with just three seconds left in the half rounded out a scoring run that put the Pilots back within single-figures.

Second Half

  • Pacific and Portland matched point-for-point to open the second half, but at 18:05 the Pilots scored four-straight points to come back within two of the Tigers (36-34).
  • The Tigers held a lead, but it was not until a made jumper by Jahlil Tripp at 12:21 that they were able to gain a seven-point (47-40) lead once again.
  • Riding comfortably for most of the remainder of the second half, Pacific found themselves being challenged late as it was held scoreless from the 3:14 mark until just under a minute was left to play. 
  • Pacific was put on the line six times in the final 1:11 of play and despite only going 5-for-9 from the charity stripe, the Orange and Black were able to hold on for an eight-point, 65-57 victory.

Things You Should Know

  • The Tigers defense has been outstanding, holding their last two opponents below their average by at least ten points. 
  • Pacific held the edge in rebounding (35-31), assists (10-6), points in the paint (22-20), second chance points (7-6), and points off of turnovers (14-13). The two squads matched perfectly in steals (5-5).
  • Last season, Pacific did not reach 11 wins until February 1, 2018 when it defeated Santa Clara on the road.

Notable Performances

  • Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after recording his first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. In addition, Tripp totaled team-highs of three assists and two steals. 
  • Lafayette Dorsey scored over 20 points for just the second time this season, totaling 21 points on 70 percent (7-10) shooting from the field, 75 percent (3-4) shooting from beyond the arc, and 80 percent (4-5) from the free throw line. 
  • Zach Cameron put in a season-high 28 minutes of work, collecting six rebounds and one block. 
  • Roberto Gallinat returned to double-figure scoring, tallying 10 points.

What Coach Stoudamire Has to Say

"It feels good coming home, since I was a player at Arizona, it has always felt good and its warm. I think as you get a little older you start to cherish the moments a little bit more and you get the chance to be around your people and they get to share in some of these moments, so it felt good."

"One of the biggest keys to our win was Jahlil didn't pick up any fouls early and he was able to play in the game. I played him the distance and I thought he played well and set a tone for our team. Lafayette, he got off the slide and I thought he hit some big buckets."

"We played well, we did the things we needed to do. It was not always pretty at times, but I did think we did a good job defensively. We held two of their three guys down. I was proud of our performance and I always say that when your a team that is struggling and then you have two teams that both needed a win bad, it is going to be tough until guys find their rhythm and find their flow. I am just happy we were able to come out of her with a win and move forward."

"That was a big shot by Ajare. I had taken him out earlier because I was mad and disappointed that we were not moving the ball, we didn't have to take tough shots to get a good shot tonight. We just needed to move the ball and we didn't do that and that is why I took him out of the game. But he came back and and he responded. He not only hit the three, but he hit the jumper comin' off the curl, so he did a good job. I was proud of the way he was able to come back."

"My old high school came tonight, took a picture. It has been a long time. They actually brought my game-warn jersey and I couldn't believe I fit in that."

Up Next
Pacific returns to Stockton for a three-game homestand, which will begin with next Thursday's 6:00 p.m. contest against The University of San Francisco. The Tigers and Dons will be broadcasted via NBC Sports Bay Area. Also that night, the Pacific Men's Basketball team will honor Dell Demps by hosting a jersey retirement celebration at halftime.  Reserve your spot today: Buy Now

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