MALIBU, Calif. – The Pacific men's basketball team closed out its 2018-19 regular-season campaign with a hard-fought, 73-72 victory at Pepperdine on Saturday night. The win secured the Tigers second-straight season sweep of the Waves.
Pacific improves to 14-17 on the year, 4-12 in West Coast Conference play. Pepperdine is now 13-17, 6-10 against its Conference foes.
In case you missed it
- Pacific held the lead the entire first half, with its largest lead of nine points coming at 13:03.
- The Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead thanks to scores by Anthony Townes, Jahlil Tripp, and Jeremiah Bailey. Following the 16-minute media timeout, Bailey stole the ball from Pepperdine point guard Colbey Ross and scored on a fast-break dunk.
- After the Waves came back within six point, Bailey knocked down his first three-pointer of the game to give the Tigers their largest lead (11-2).
- Pepperdine went on a 12-5 run, including an 8-5 run after the 12-minute media timeout to come back within two points of the Tigers (16-14).
- Just under the eight minute mark, Bailey scored on a free throw and three-consecutive three-pointers to keep the Tigers ahead by two scores (26-20).
- Pacific wrapped up the first half with a 32-28 lead over the Waves.
- Bailey led the Tigers with 15 points at halftime.
- Pepperdine opened second half play with a 7-3 run that knotted the game up at 35-35.
- The Tigers then scored five unanswered points that gave them their largest lead of the half (5 points).
- The Waves took their first lead of the game at 13:07, following a made long ball by Kessler Edwards.
- Pacific was able to tie the score on two more occasions before regaining the lead for the final time on a made three-pointer by Roberto Gallinat at 1:16.
- Despite being out-scored 9-7 in the final minute of play, Pacific was able to claim the narrow victory (73-72). The Tigers went 7-3 from the line during the span to contribute to the win.
As A Team
- For the second-straight contest the Tigers have shot 12-for-24 from the three-point line. Pacific held Pepperdine to a 34.5 percent effort from beyond the arc.
- Pacific held the edge in rebounds (33-28) and assists (17-5).
- Rebounding played a large role in the Tigers win as they outscored Pepperdine, 14-2 on second-chance points.
- The Tigers 14 wins matches last year's overall total. A tournament win on Thursday would mark the most wins by the Tigers since the 2013-14 season.
- Tripp was named the City of Stockton Human Resources Hardworking Player of the Game after recording his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 assists. His assist total marks a season-best for the junior guard.
- Gallinat nearly had a double-double after recording team-highs of 17 points and nine rebounds. Gallinat finished 4-for-9 from the field, 4-for-8 from the three-point line, and 5-for-8 from the free throw line.
- Jeremiah Bailey scored 15 points, all in the first half, thanks to four made baskets from three-point range. Bailey also had five rebounds and a steal on the night.
- Townes also scored in double-figures, tallying 11 points.
What Coach Stoudamire Has to Say
"It was a good team win. I feel that the guys played well enough to win from start to finish."
"We played Colbey Ross the same this game as we did last game, he just didn't shoot the ball as well last time we faced him. I feel like we make him work. I think they are not as good of a team if he scores 36 points. We did our job, it was the game plan and I thought we did a great job on everybody else."
"Quite frankly, it doesn't matter how we play them in the next matchup. I have played teams three times in one year and it is going to be the hardest game of the year. We played San Francisco last year in the tournament for the third time and we went overtime. They know our plays, we know their strengths, and they know our weaknesses. I think they will be ready for anything that we throw at them, just like we will be. It is going to be an interesting game and I would be surprised with anything other than a close game."
"When you have 17 assists it is easy and makes for better offense. You don't have as much one-on-one when guys are hitting shots. We still left five or six assists out there tonight too."
"Interesting enough about JB, if you think about the games where he has success, he has had some big shots at home, but on the road he shot the ball better. I think he does a good job of finding the spots and that is what we tell him and when he knocks down those shots it opens up even more lanes for the drivers. He did a great job in the first half. I thought he played well defensively."
"Tonight Jahlil was really getting into the lane. I think they have problems guarding him and we took advantage of that. I felt he made a lot of good plays because he was patient. I just wish I could get him and the other guards to invest in the two-foot jump stop because if they did they would be even better at getting to the lane."
"Key to beating a team three times in a row is you have to do the little things, regardless of what happens in the game or if we know each others plays. We have done a great job of rebounding the ball and for the most part we have done a great job of taming Ross and those two things are key."
The Tigers will head to Las Vegas on Wednesday for the 2019 West Coast Conference Championships. Pacific is set to open tournament play on Thursday night, when it faces Pepperdine for the third time this season.
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