PROVO, Utah – The Pacific men's basketball team dropped another hard fought battle on the road, falling to BYU by a score of 69-59 at the Marriott Center on Saturday night.
The Tigers remain .500 on the season with a 13-13 record and fall to 3-8 in West Coast Conference play, while the Cougars improve to 16-10, 8-3 in the WCC.
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- BYU opened the game with the lead, but it was shorted lived as the Tigers went on a 10-2 run in the first five minutes.
- Pacific's lead bounced between three, four, five, and six points from 14:57 - 10:11. The Cougars came back within one point (15-14) with a made two pointer at 10:12.
- Made free throws by Roberto Gallinat at 9:12 put the Tigers back up by three, but the lead was immediately erased following a made three-pointer by Connor Harding.
- Pacific would fall to a deficit of six at the 3:49 mark. The Tigers then rode an 8-2 run to knot the game up at 30-30 with just over a minute and half left to play.
- BYU made an unanswered three-pointer in the final minute to wrap up the first 20 minutes with a 33-30 lead.
- Anthony Townes led the Tigers efforts with seven points and seven rebounds.
- The second half was as tight as the first with neither team leading by more than four points until under five minutes remained in regulation.
- A made three-pointer by Jeremiah Bailey led off the scoring and tied the game for the first of six times in the half.
- At 11:02 Lafayette Dorsey made a three to tie the game at 48-48. Less than two minutes later a floater in the paint by Kendall Small gave the Tigers their first lead (52-51) of the half.
- Small would put the Tigers up once more with a made jumper at 7:06.
- The Tigers did not make another field goal the remainder of the contest and were just allowed two points on free throws in the final seven minutes en route to a 10 point loss.
As A Team
- Pacific held the edge in rebounding (38-35), steals (6-5), and second-chance points (13-12).
- The Tigers shot a stellar 82.4 percent effort from the free throw line, going 14-for-17 from the stripe.
- Anthony Townes was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after nearing his first double-double of the season with a career-high 13 rebounds and nine points.
- Tripp also barely missed out on a double-double after puling down 10 rebounds and scoring nine points.
- Gallinat led the Tigers offensively with 15 points. He finished just 3-for-9 from the field, but was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
- Two others — Dorsey and Bailey — scored nine points.
Pacific will play one more game on the road before returning home for three straight. Next Thursday the Tigers sit for its final bye on the season, before traveling to Santa Clara on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Tipoff between the Tigers and Broncos is at 6:00 p.m.
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