Men’s basketball falls to Pacific Tigers

The Sonoma State University men’s basketball team faced a challenge Saturday night as they took on the NCAA Division I Pacific Tigers at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton in an exhibition game. Though they put up a strong fight, and lead by six points in the second half, but the Seawolves would ultimately end up falling to the Tigers 83-62.

Sonoma State was lead by junior guard James Davis, who contributed 13 points, including a memorable three pointer with six minutes left in the game. Davis was three for five in his three-point attempts. Sonoma State was also lead by J.J. Mina, a senior transfer student who provided 10 points, five rebounds, and made a nice three-pointer with only eight seconds left in the game.

The Tigers were lead by guard T.J. Wallace who gave a very strong performance, collecting 23 points (16 in the second half), 14 rebounds (four offensive and 10 defensive), and two assists, while going 12 for 16 at the free throw line (10 for 12 in the second half). Dulani Robinson also had a great game for Pacific, as he put forth 17 points of his own, going six for eight in his shot attempts, and going three for four from beyond the arc. He also had two rebounds and two assists. Eric Thompson was equally impressive as he contributed 14 points and eight rebounds. 

Rebounds were the killer for the Tigers, as they were able to out-board the Seawolves 45-26. Wallace lead the Tigers with 14, Thompson had eight, Sami Eleraky had four, Gabriel Aguirre and David Taylor each had three, and Thomas Peters, D.J. Ursery, Dulani Robinson, and Ray Bowles all provided two rebounds. James Slade led SSU in rebounds with six, J.J. Mina had five and Jabri Jenkins had four.

The Seawolves will open the 2014-2015 regular season this Friday night in the Wolves’ Den when they will face-off against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic. They hope to turn around the overall momentum of the team, as they only have one winning season since the 2006-2007 season, and finished last season 7-19 (their worst record since their 1993-1994 season), and finished in ninth place in the conference standings.