Tigers Fall At No. 21 Gonzaga
University of the Pacific men's basketball team dropped a road game at No. 21 Gonzaga with an 86-64 loss on Saturday, Jan. 4. The Tigers dropped to 9-5 and 0-3 in West Coast Conference play. Gonzaga improved to 14-2 and 4-0 in WCC play.
The Tigers fell behind early, as Gonzaga hit its first six shots from the field to take a 14-3 lead just three minutes into the contest. Pacific trailed by as many as 24 on a couple of occasions in the first half and trailed 46-25 at halftime. Pacific shot just 25.0% from the field in the first half (7-28), while the Bulldogs were at 63.6% (14-22) from the field and hit five of seven from three-point range.
With Gonzaga leading 57-35 with 16:00 left, the Tigers went on a 15-1 run to cut it to 58-50 with 12:30 to play. Senior Tony Gill had seven points in the run, while freshman David Taylor added five points. The Bulldogs answered with nine straight points to push the lead back to 67-50 just two and half minutes later. The Tigers cut it back to to 69-55 with 8:54 left after a three-pointer by senior Trevin Harris, but the Tigers would not get closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Taylor scored a career-high 10 points for the Tigers, while senior Andrew Bock added 10 points as well. Pacific shot just 31.7% from the field (19-60), while Gonzaga was 69.2% (27-39), including 13-17 in the second half. The Tigers shot 80.0% from the free throw line (16-20), while the Bulldogs were just 22-39 from the line.
The Tigers are next in action with a home game against San Francisco at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, and game is being televised by Root Sports.