STOCKTON, Calif. – There was more than one reason the Alex G. Spanos Center was roaring on Thursday night and despite dropping a close 53-52 decision to a very strong San Francisco team, the Pacific men's basketball team still had something to celebrate as it honored former Tiger Dell Demps by retiring his No. 5 jersey.
With a loss Thursday night the Tigers fall to 11-9, 1-4 in West Coast Conference play. San Francisco improves to 15-3, 3-1 against its Conference foes.
In case you missed it
- Despite a very tight first half there was only one tie through the first 20 minutes of play. USF was first on the board, but Pacific went on a 6-3 run to take a three-point lead (15:49).
- The Dons erased the Tigers lead with consecutive layups at 15:18 and 13:48.
- Following the first media timeout, the Dons went on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of eight points (16-8), which also forced the Pacific to take its first timeout.
- Jeremiah Bailey knocked down his first three-pointer in as many games to put the Tigers back within five (16-11) at 10:22 and then kept Pacific within the five points with a made jumper at 8:32.
- Pacific came within one point of USF on four more occasions in the half. At 3:48 the Tigers shot their first two free throws of the night. Bailey went one-for-two at the line to inch Pacific closer (21-20).
- Down 25-22, Roberto Gallinat was fouled on his shot and made two free throws to put the Tigers back within one point of the Dons (25-24) with just 2:10 left to play.
- In the final one minute, 10 seconds the Dons scored five unanswered points to wrap up the first half with a 30-24 lead.
- Jahlil Tripp opened the scoring in the first half (6 pts). Then following a missed layup by the Dons, Ajare Sanni made a jumper to put the Tigers back within two points.
- The score was tied six times and there were six lead changes throughout the second half. Pacific regained the lead following an exciting dunk by Gallinat off of the hands of Tripp at 15:22 (34-32).
- At the 12:00 minute mark Lafayette Dorsey knocked down his first three-pointer of the game, putting the Tigers up by three (39-36). It was not until a made three-pointer by Gallinat and a made jumper by Zach Cameron that Pacific was able to take its largest lead of the game (5 pts.)
- USF would take the lead just twice more in the game, once at 5:18 on a shot made from beyond the arc by Jordan Ratinho and then following a game winning free throw by Charles Minlend with just under three seconds left to play.
- Dorsey lifted the Tigers to a 50-49 edge with just 4:41 left to play and neither team was able to score until under one minute remained in regulation.
- With 42 seconds left Kendall Small was fouled on the floor and went to the line for a 1-and-1. Small made both shots to extend the Tigers lead to three points (52-49).
- Following a late foul on a driving Don, USF tied the game for the final time (52-52) at 00:36.
- Pacific would commit a turnover with 19 seconds left on the clock and at that point the Tigers were playing at least overtime Pacific committed a final shooting foul and the made free throw was the eventual game winner.
Things You Should Know
- For the third-straight contest, Pacific has held its opponent below its points per game average, which included holding San Francisco 26 points below its average. Heading into Thursday's contest the Dons averaged 78.1 points per game.
- The Tigers held a statistical edge against San Francisco in rebounding (27-25), assists (11-8), and blocks (4-2). Both teams snagged seven steals.
- As a team, Pacific out-scored the Dons from the field (45.7% - 41.2%) and the free throw line (87.5% - 66.7%).
- Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game for the second straight-night after totaling eight points, a season-high eight assists, four rebounds, and two steals.
- Dorsey and Gallinat each totaled a team-high nine points, while Bailey added eight points in just 13 minutes of work.
- Cameron and Anthony Townes each totaled two blocks, for the team's highest game total to date. Cameron also pulled down five rebounds and had four points.
Pacific's next opponent will be Santa Clara. The two squads will face one-another on Saturday in the Alex G. Spanos Center at 7:00 p.m. The Broncos are coming off of consecutive road losses at Saint Mary's tonight and at BYU last Saturday. Last season the Tigers split its series with the Broncos, falling at home 72-68.
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