LAS VEGAS — The Pacific Tigers found a way to get the game to overtime, but couldn’t quite finish the job.
Frankie Ferrari hit big shots down the stretch and finished with 17 points and eight assists to help No. 5 seed San Francisco hold off sixth-seeded Pacific 71-70 in overtime in a quarterfinal of the West Coast Conference Tournament on Saturday. The Tigers end their season at 14-18 after winning just four games last season.
Miles Reynolds topped Pacific with 20 points, while Jahlil Tripp scored 16 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jack Williams finished with 15 points and seven boards. The Dons beat Pacific both times they played previously.
“We played well and we played the best defense on them that we've played all year," Tripp said. "They just hit some tough shots at end. We couldn’t find a way to win.”
The score was close throughout the contest. Ferrari buried a 3-pointer and Matt McCarthy followed with a dunk and a layup in 7-0 run that gave the Dons (18-14) a 59-56 lead with 2:02 left to play in regulation. Reynolds made two free throws to pull the Tigers (14-18) within a point, but Ferrari answered with a 3 to make it a two-possession game.
Pacific's Anthony Townes and Reynolds both hit two free throws to knot the score at 62 with 32 seconds remaining. But Ferrari came through again, sinking a jumper with six seconds left. Tripp missed a layup but Townes tipped it in before the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
“I saw Tripp going to the basket, perfect time to go for tip in,” Townes said. “We just couldn’t follow it up in overtime.”
Ratinho sank a 3 and Ferrari and McCarthy had back-to-back layups to give the Dons a 71-66 lead with 2:58 left in the extra period. Although the Dons wouldn't score again, Pacific only managed to score four points on two free throws and a layup by Tripp. San Francisco advances to play either top-seeded Gonzaga or No. 8 seed Loyola Marymount in a semifinal on Monday.
Jordan Ratinho hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 to lead the Dons. Matt McCarthy added 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds.