LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Pacific men's basketball team's 2018-19 campaign came to a close on Thursday when it dropped a 61-53 decision against Pepperdine in the first round of the University Credit Union West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Championship, which is being held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Pacific finishes with a 14-18 overall record, an identical record to last season's squad. Pepperdine (14-17) will advance to the second round to take on Loyola Marymount, who earned a bye in the first round of tournament play.
In case you missed it
- Despite Pepperdine tying the game twice in the first 20 minutes, Pacific never relinquished the lead to the Waves.
- Following a 10-10 tie at 13:07, Lafayette Dorsey, Jeremiah Bailey, and Kendall Small combined for a 7-0 run.
- Pepperdine answered with a three-pointer before Dorsey scored five more to give the Tigers their largest lead of the half (22-13).
- Over the next 7:31 Pacific was outscored 11-2, which allowed the Waves to knot the game up at 24-24.
- With just 00:36 left on the clock, Khy Kabellis goes up for a shot, which misses to the right of the basket. Bailey comes down with the rebound and scores on the put-back to give the Tigers the edge once again.
- Bailey would extend Pacific's lead right before half, making two free throws with just 00:06 remaining in the half.
- Leading all players at half was Bailey with 12 points.
- The Tigers defense was stellar in the first half, allowing Pepperdine just 10 made field goals, four three-pointers, and it held them from scoring from the free throw line.
- Pacific struggled offensively, shooting just 23.8 percent from the field and 20 percent from beyond the arc.
- Roberto Gallinat knocked down his first three-pointer of the game to open the second half for the Tigers, increasing their lead to 31-24.
- The Tigers out-scored Pepperdine 9-2 in the first 4:25 to take a lead of 11 points. After allowing the Waves' Colbey Ross to a layup at 16:23, Pacific was able to prevent Pepperdine from scoring in the field until the 12:41. During that span, Pacific earned a 12 point lead (41-29), its highest of the game.
- The Pepperdine layup at 12:41 led to a 12-4 scoring run for the Waves that nearly erased the Tigers lead entirely (45-43).
- There were ties at 4:08 and 3:49 before the Waves were able to take the winning lead. Gallinat bought the Tigers back within two points (53-51) after scoring three points from the free throw line with just over 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.
- Pepperdine found themselves in double-bonus and scored six points from the line in the final 1:42 to claim the 61-53 victory.
- Pacific did not score a field goal in the final 5:33.
- Bailey had an outstanding night, setting new career marks of 22 points and 11 rebounds. The sophomore forward went 6-for-10 from the field, 3-for-5 from the three point line and 7-for-7 from the free throw line. His performance included matching his career high in assists (3).
- Gallinat scored 13 points, thanks to a perfect 8-for-8 effort from the charity stripe.
- Dorsey rounded out the double-figure scoring for the Tigers, tallying 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field.
What You Should Know
- Gallinat finishes his career just 45 points shy of the Tigers' 1000-point club. He finishes this year with 487 points, which includes 179 free throws, 125 field goals, and 58 three-pointers.
- Gallinat has broken the single-season record for free throws (179), surpassing former Tiger Bill Stricker's 178 that were made during the 1969-70 season. Gallinat's 109 made three-pointers ranks second in the Tigers' career record book.
- Anthony Townes, the longest tenured Tiger, finishes his career with 853 points, 561 rebounds, and 62 blocks.
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