Hot Shooting Gives Tigers Win over Pepperdine

Hot Shooting Gives Tigers Win over Pepperdine

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team knocked down six three-pointers and outscored Pepperdine, 19-7 in the final seven minutes and 20 seconds of regulation to defeat the Waves, 66-59 on Saturday night at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

The Tigers pick up their 13th victory of the season and improve to 3-6 in West Coast Conference play. Pepperdine fallsl to 11-12 overall, 4-5 in WCC play.


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First Half

  • Pacific and Pepperdine matched up pretty evenly in the first half with both squads scoring 16 points in the paint and both scoring five points off of turnovers. 
  • There were eight lead changes and the score was tied three times in the first 20 minutes.
  • The game had a nice flow to the start with the Tigers scoring the first two points on free throws and then after giving up the lead, Pacific snagged a 6-5 edge after a made jumper by Roberto Gallinat at 16:51.
  • Neither team held a larger lead than three until the 15:13 mark.  Pepperdine took a four-point lead after a made three by the team's leading scorer Colbey Ross.
  • At 12:08 Pacific went on a 5-0 run to take the lead once again (14-13).
  • Pacific extended it lead to as large as six points following consecutive made three-pointers by Jahlil Tripp (6:51) and Lafayette Dorsey (5:39).
  • The Tigers were held to just six points over the next three minutes, en route to Pepperdine tying the game (30-30) and taking the lead with the help of two made free throws.
  • Pacific would only score on one field goal in the final 1:57 and trailed at half by a score of 36-32.

Second Half

  • Pacific's defense held Pepperdine to just 23 second half points, while also out-rebounding the Waves 18-17
  • Gallinat scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. 
  • Pepperdine came out of its halftime meeting with the momentum, outscoring the Tigers, 13-9, in the first 10 minutes to gain an eight point lead. The Waves continued to bounce from leads of six, seven, and eight before extending to a game-high lead of nine points at 8:15.
  • Less than a minute later Jeremiah Bailey and Gallinat tied the game up for the fourth time in the contest on a combined three-consecutive baskets from beyond the arc (53-53).
  • Between the sixth and third minutes, both squads were only able to score on free throws. Pacific was 4-2 during the span.
  • The Tigers out-scored Pepperdine 9-4 in the final three minutes, including a three-pointer by Dorsey and two more three's from Gallinat.

As A Team

  • The Tigers shot a season-best 52.9 percent from beyond the arc, going 9-for-17. Dorsey and Gallinat each had three three-pointers, while Bailey had two, and Tripp had one.
  • Saturday was the first time the Tigers had shot above 47 percent since hosting Air Force on Dec. 1, 2018. 
  • Of the nine WCC games played the Tigers have only allowed three of their conference foes to score more than 69 points.

Notable Performances

  • For the second-consecutive contest Dorsey has come off the bench to lead the Tiger offense, scoring a team-high 20 points, while also totaling team-highs of seven rebounds and four assists. 
  • Gallinat was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after sinking consecutive three-pointers that led to the Tigers 66-59 victory. He finished 5-for-8 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line for a total of 16 points on the night.
  • Despite sitting out the final eight minutes of the game, Tripp also maintained his double-figure averages after totaling 13 points. He also had four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
  • In just 22 minutes of work, Anthony Townes matched Dorsey's team-high of seven rebounds, while also contributing five points from the free throw line.

Up Next
Pacific will hit the road for three-straight games. Next week the Tigers will open weekend play at Saint Mary's (Feb. 7) and will face BYU on Saturday (Feb. 9). 

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