STOCKTON, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team shot a stellar 66.7 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the three-point line in the first half against Saint Mary's, but was held to just 27 second-half points en route to a 78-66 loss at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. on Thursday night.
With the loss the Tigers fall to 13-12 overall and 3-7 against their West Coast Conference foes. Saint Mary's improves to 15-9, 6-3 in WCC play.
In case you missed it
- It was a battle with the Tigers and Gaels tying the score 10 times and the lead changing 16 times within the first 20 minutes of play.
- Saint Mary's took the first lead on a layup by WCC scoring leader Jordan Ford. The Tigers answered back with a put-back layup by Roberto Gallinat, which followed a steal by Kendall Small.
- The two squads matched nearly point-for-point through the first 17 minutes of play. Following a made Saint Mary's three-pointer at 2:39, Gallinat was fouled on his shot and made two free throws to tie the game up (33-33) for the ninth time in the half.
- Pacific was outscored 6-1 from 1:56 - 00:59 and fell to its largest deficit of four points (39-35).
- With a made jumper and two made free throws by Gallinat in the final 45 seconds, it looked as though the score would stay knotted up (39-39), but a made three-pointer at the buzzer by Saint Mary's put the Tigers down 42-39 at the end of the first half.
- Jeremiah Bailey led the Tigers at halftime with 14 points.
- Pacific shot just 36 percent from the field and was only 7-for-11 from the free throw line.
- The Tigers were unable to tie the score or take the lead, despite coming back within one point of the Gaels at 19:50 and 19:10.
- Jahlil Tripp scored on a layup at 19:10 (44-43), but Saint Mary's countered with a 6-0 run that gave the Gaels their largest lead (7 pts.) to that point in the night.
- Tripp totaled five points on his own at 14:21 to inch the Tigers close once again, but Pacific could not hold off a hot shooting Saint Mary's squad. At 13:59, Saint Mary's began an 8-0 run to give it a double-digit lead over the Tigers. The closest Pacific would come to the Gaels was seven points and eventually the Tigers dropped the contest by 12 points (78-66).
- Tripp led all players in second half scoring with 13 points.
As A Team
- The Tigers matched-up well on offense with the Tigers shooting 50 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from the three-point line, and 70 percent from the free throw line.
- Pacific was out-rebounded by the Gaels, 31-19.
- Both teams dished out seven assists on the night and scored 28 points in the paint.
- Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after leading three double-figure scorers with 23 points. The junior guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. made 10 baskets from the field and went 2-for-3 at the free throw line. In addition, he totaled a game-high six assists and three rebounds.
- Gallinat went a perfect 7-for-7 at the free throw line and was 6-for-11 from the field for his seventh 20-plus point performance this season. In addition, he also totaled three rebounds and had one steal.
- Bailey had a career night, scoring 16 points thanks to a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arch.
- Lafayette Dorsey led all Pacific players with four rebounds.
Pacific will travel to BYU next, loading the bus for its travel to Provo, Utah on Friday morning. Saturday will mark the second meeting the two squads with the Tigers dropping its WCC season opener against the Cougars, 90-87.
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