Riverside, Calif. - The Golden Eagles men's basketball fell just short in tonight's Cal Pac match-up with William Jessup University, by a final of 76-71. La Sierra was looking to turn the tide and get back in the win column. Unfortunately, for the Golden Eagles, they just couldn't quite get over the hump and pick up the much needed win.
The first half showed promising signs as the two teams went back-and-forth. The half consisted of six ties and seven lead changes.
Neither team led by more than five points. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a four point lead five minutes into the game, their largest lead of the half. And the Warriors led by five points twice in the latter part of the half.
When it was all said and done, the Warriors enjoyed a slim 35-33 lead at the half.
It was a second half run that proved to be the difference in tonight's contest.
A basket by CJ Goldsmith in the first minute of the second half tied the score at 35-35. But that would be as close as the Golden Eagles would get for the rest of the night. The Warriors answered with an 11-0 run, which the Golden Eagles were never able to answer.
With the Warriors leading 61-55, neither team was able to capitalize on a three minute scoreless stretch midway through the half.
The Golden Eagles fought their way back to within five points midway through the half, and also got to within one possession twice in the final minute of the game, but just couldn't quite climb all the way back.
The Warriors held off the rally by converting 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute of the game.
Freshmen guard Wolfgang Wood led the team with 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Daveon Woods and CJ Goldsmith each added 12 points in the effort. Taylor Scharffenberg tallied eight point and seven rebounds on the evening.
The Warriors finished with five players scoring in double figures, led by Corey Clement with 19 points. Clement shot 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from the 3-point line, in addition to 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.
With the loss, the men's basketball team falls to 1-6 in the Cal Pac (3-20 overall). They will be out of the action this week, preparing for their next contest. The Golden Eagles will travel to UC Merced next Saturday.