Big and tall enough to dominate inside, Patrick Simon often does his best work on the perimeter as he did Friday night.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward scored a career-high-tying 30 points and drained four three-pointers to lead the No. 2 Seattle Pacific men’s basketball team to a 94-78 victory over Colorado Christian in the first round of the Sodexo Tip-Off Classic.
Simon, a unique package of size and deft shooting, was a difficult matchup for the Cougars, who tried defending him with a 6-3 wing.
“There was a mismatch at times depending on what we were running,” he said. “It was really my teammates being unselfish.
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“We found each other in the right places. When we move the ball and when we share the ball, it puts us in a great position to score.”
Simon connected on 4 of 6 three-pointers. When he wasn’t draining long shots from outside, he scored on putbacks, layups and a crowd-pleasing two-handed dunk with 3:45 remaining in the Falcons’ home opener in front of 1,250 at Brougham Pavilion.
“We drew it up on the sideline, and I knew it was coming,” Simon said. “The dunk felt pretty good.”
Simon converted 11 of 15 field-goal attempts and tallied four rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 35 minutes.
The Falcons received 49 points from their starting frontcourt, with Cory Hutsen adding 19.
Guard Riley Stockton finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Senior guard David Downs, SPU’s leading scorer who averaged 25 points entering Friday’s contest, finished with nine points on 2-of-7 shooting and nine assists.
SPU never trailed and dominated most areas of the game. The Falcons were outrebounded 33-31.
“We need to get better in all the toughness areas,” coach Ryan Looney said. “Normally we pride ourselves in offensive and defensive rebounding, but we didn’t do a very good job tonight. We need to get better.”
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