STOCKTON, Calif. – With less than a minute left to play two made free throws by Roberto Gallinat brought the Pacific Men's Basketball team within five points of visiting Loyola Marymount, but the Tigers were held scoreless until a basket at the final buzzer to fall to the Lions, 63-56 on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers fall to 13-16, 3-11 in West Coast Conference action, while Loyola Marymount improves to 18-10, 6-8 in Conference play.
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- Similar to the last meeting between the Tigers and Lions, both squads struggled to score many points in the first 10 minutes.
- The Tigers found themselves down early (6-0), following a made three-pointer and three made free throws by LMU's Jason Batemon.
- Gallinat answered back with the Tigers first five points. The first three points were scored on a long ball at 16:37. He then went to the foul line at 14:58 to put the Tigers back within one point (6-5).
- Jeremiah Bailey tied the game up (7-7) for the first of three times on a made layup at 13:20.
- The two teams would remain within four points of one another until the 6:04 mark, when LMU went on a 5-0 run to take its largest lead of the half (8 pts.).
- Pacific answered with a 10-5 run in the final three minutes to finish within three points (26-23) at the buzzer.
- The Tigers defense was stellar, holding LMU to just 36.4 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from long range, while also out-rebounding the Lions, 20-12.
- The Lions came out with some hot shots to open the second half, out-scoring the Tigers 25-12 in the first 12 minutes to take a 16 point lead (51-35).
- Pacific held LMU scoreless from 8:09 - 4:58 to come back within eight points.
- Gallinat scored nine and Jahlil Tripp scored two of the Tigers final 13 points to bring Pacific within five points in the final minute of play.
- Neither team made a field goal in the final 00:56 and despite a last second layup by Zach Cameron, Pacific had to settle for a narrow 63-56 loss.
As A Team
- Pacific edged the Lions in rebounding (31-25), steals (11-7), and second-chance points (14-4).
- The Tigers forced Loyola Marymount to committing a game-high 14 turnovers.
- Gallinat registered his best performance of the season en route to being named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game. The senior from Atlanta, Ga. scored a season-high 31 points on 55.5 percent shooting from the field and 88.8 percent shooting from the free throw line. In addition, he totaled four rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal.
- Tripp had a solid day, tallying eight rebounds, seven points, six steals, and five assists
- Brandon McGhee came off the bench to contribute greatly to the Tigers' efforts. McGhee had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Pacific will host No. 2 Gonzaga for its final home game of the 2018-19 season on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tipoff between the Tigers and Bulldogs will be at 8:00 p.m. The night will also feature senior recognition of Roberto Gallinat and Anthony Townes. Halftime will include a special performance by Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Productions as well as a chance for Pacific students to win a free meal plan for a semester.
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