California Lutheran University had a 74-60 lead with 5:11 minutes left when The Golden Eagles used full court pressure defense to spark a 22-5 scoring run to close out the game and earn an 82-79 victory.
On the ensuing two LSU possessions Miles Robbins contributed five points including one of his four three pointers cutting the margin to nine. Golden Eagles head coach Derek Robbins called a pair of well-timed timeouts with the first coming after the triple urging his squad to pick up the pressure defense.
The Golden Eagles climbed back into contention using a stifling defense that forced six turnovers and allowed only five points following the stoppage. Trailing by a single point and under a minute remaining LSU missed a pair of go-ahead attempts, but grabbed its own misses and Robbins called timeout with 43 seconds left.
Out of the stoppage the comeback was complete only seconds later following a Joe Paea jumper that gave LSU a 78-77 lead with 36 seconds remaining.
Cal Lutheran's point guard Kwaminique Brandon reciprocated with a put back layup that took back the lead with 29 seconds left. The Golden Eagles again responded as Daveon Woods made an off balance jumper with 15 seconds remaining giving LSU an 80-79 advantage.
CLU had two more possessions late in the game; the first a missed layup with nine seconds left to take back the lead. The second was a game-tying three point attempt that fell well short as time expired.
As a team, statistically Cal Lutheran held advantages over La Sierra in rebounds (44-31) and free throw attempts (31-21). The Golden Eagles took 17 more shots, forced 13 more turnovers and knocked down 8-of-14 attempts from downtown.
The duo of Miles Robbins and Isaac Waters combined for 53 points, including all eight triples on only 10 tries. In the previous meeting this pair totaled only 17 points and knocked down just 1-of-8 from three.