Tigers stumbles vs. Santa Clara
After ending a seven-game losing streak against San Diego on Thursday, the Pacific men’s basketball team could not keep the momentum going against Santa Clara on Saturday night. The Tigers fell to the Broncos by a score of 47-64.
The first half was a highly competitive and entertaining one for both sides. The Tigers moved the ball well and got plenty of their teammates in on the action; seven different Tigers scored in the first half and five different Tigers had an assist. The Broncos, for their part, kept in stride with Pacific by dominating in the paint. Santa Clara outscored the Tigers 16-4 around the basket, which is not typical for the sharpshooting Broncos.
There were seven lead changes in the first half, and the Broncos would have gone into the break with the lead if not for a desperation, half-court three by Keshon Montague ‘20 as time expired. The shot tied the game at 27 and threw the Tiger faithful into a frenzy.
The jubilation would not last, unfortunately, as the Broncos came out and dominated the second half. Santa Clara scored ten straight points before the Tigers stopped the bleeding with a bucket from Anthony Townes ‘19. Townes, Ray Bowles ‘18, and Jack Williams ‘19 then helped cut the deficit to three, but the Broncos again pulled away.
The Tigers could not keep up with the red-hot Bronco offense, which shot just over 60% from the field in the second half. The Tigers continued to struggle to score inside the paint, which led to a dearth of free throw attempts; Pacific shot just one of six from the line.
One of the bright spots for the Tigers came in the form of Montague, who posted the highest scoring total of his young career with nine points. Townes led the team in scoring and rebounds, with 12 and eight, respectively. Bowles recorded nine points, three rebounds and three assists, while Williams, T.J. Wallace ‘17 and K.J. Smith ‘20 each chipped in five points.
The Tigers fell to 9-18 on the season with the loss. The men will look to bounce back tonight in Portland, when they take on the 9-17 Pilots.
PC: Ray Wong