Riverside, Calif. – The Golden Eagles men's basketball team closed out their season with a convincing 82-71 victory over the University of California-Merced. It was also the final game for three of the Golden Eagles (Taylor Scharffenberg, Xavier Spells, and Daveon Woods) who played the final game of their collegiate career.
The first half was a relatively back-and-forth affair, with each team holding their share of the lead. Neither team led by more than three points until midway through the half, when the Bobcats used an 8-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. By the 7:29 mark, Merced increased their lead to seven points on a few occasions. But a 16-5 run by the Golden Eagles to finish the first half, sent La Sierra to the locker room with a 39-35 lead at the half.
La Sierra would never relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game, as they increased their lead to 68-52 at 6:59 of the second half. In the closing minutes, the Bobcats were able to cut the lead under double digits, but the Golden Eagles were never in danger of giving up their lead, as they cruised to victory behind a game-high 35 points by Daveon Woods.
Taylor Scharffenberg tallied a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Wolfgang Wood scored 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
The men's basketball team finish the season with an overall record of 6-23, including a 4-8 record in Cal Pac Conference play.