Riverside, Calif. - The Golden Eagles men's basketball team picked up their first Cal Pac Conference win of the season, with a 79-61 win over Pacific Union College. After the two teams played a relatively even first half, the Golden Eagles came out of the locker room, taking control of the game and dominating the Pioneers in the second half.
La Sierra started quickly by taking a 7-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, but the Pioneers answered back to tie the score at 8-8, at the 12:27 mark.
After both teams played back and forth for the next few minutes, and with the score tied at 12-12, the Pioneers used an 11-6 run to jump out to their largest lead of the game, at 23-18.
La Sierra quickly erased that lead on their next two subsequent possessions, on a lay-up by Daveon Woods and a made 3-point field goal by Anthony Williams, tying the score at 23-23, with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.
Counting those two field goals, the Golden Eagles finished the half on an 18-6 run, to push out to a 36-29 halftime lead.
The Golden Eagles carried the momentum out of the halftime break to take full control of the game, dominating the Pioneers for the majority of the second half.
La Sierra held the Pioneers scoreless for the first four and half minutes of the second half, and limited them to just seven points through the first ten minutes of the half.
It was a 28-7 run that propelled La Sierra to a 26-point lead (64-38), their largest of the evening.
The large cushion not only secured the victory for La Sierra, but also allowed the Golden Eagles coaching staff to steal some rest for a team that will play Hope International University tomorrow evening in a back-to-back.
In the latter part of the second half, the Pioneers were able to shave some points off the lead, but it wasn't without a few highlights by the Golden Eagles.
It was Anthony Williams who put an exclamation mark on the victory with back-to-back alley-oop dunks in the final minutes of the half.
As a team, the Golden Eagles outshot Pacific Union 49-percent to 35-percent, including 15-for-25 in the second half (60%) and 7-for-17 from beyond the arc (41%)
Daveon Woods, the reigning Cal Pac Player of the Week, paced the team with a game-high 28 points. Wolfgang Wood added 10 points and Taylor Scharffenberg pitched in with a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
The win give the Golden Eagles their first-ever Cal Pac Conference win, and evens their conference record at 1-1 (3-10 overall). The men's basketball team will be back in action tomorrow night when they host Hope International in a non-conference match-up, at 7:30pm.