Angwin, CA - After dropping their first two games of the most recent northern California trip, the men's basketball team was looking to get back in the win column and even the season series against Pacific Union College. La Sierra's strong second half propelled them to a 63-55 win over the Pioneers.
Back in mid-September, Pacific Union College was able to pull out an overtime victory over the Golden Eagles. And all evidence from the first half indicated that today's game might come down to the wire once again. But midway through the second half, La Sierra had erased the Pioneers five-point halftime lead and took a lead of their own, which they never relinquished.
Neither team will point to this game as one of their better shooting games. The Golden Eagles held the Pioneers to a mere 23-percent from the field, on 16-of-69 shooting. La Sierra was slightly better, connecting on 20-of-66, good for a 30-percent performance from the field. But it was enough for the victory.
Both teams did a good job taking care of the basketball with neither team reaching double-digits in turnovers. The Golden Eagles finished with nine turnovers to the Pioneers seven turnovers.
Bennett Shaw led the team with 17 points on the afternoon. Freshmen guard Marcos Hazelwood had 13 points and Josh Zonker pitched in with 11 points and five rebounds. Carleton Coleman led the team with eight rebounds in the game.
With the win the Golden Eagles improve to 4-20 on the season. They will have a week and a half off before their next game. La Sierra will travel to California State San Marcos next Thursday, January 31. Their next home game will take place on February 5, when they host Bethesda University.