RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Justus Von Wright scored a career-high 32 points, hitting eight three pointers to move himself into fifth place on the school's all-time three point list, but was one of only five Lancers to score in California Baptist University's 82-76 loss to BYU-Hawaii in a PacificWest Conference game Saturday night.
CBU, with an overall record of 16-7 and a conference record of 10-6, now stands one game behind Grand Canyon University, who moves into sole possession of third place in the PacWest with their win tonight. CBU travels to Phoenix on Thursday, to face the 'Lopes.
BYU-Hawaii improves to 15-9, 12-3, and salvages its trip through the Southwest after losses to Grand Canyon and Dixie State earlier in the week.
In comparison, four of BYU-Hawaii's eight scorers tapped into double digits.
Von Wright shot 11-for-18 from the field, including 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. His eight 3-pointers was just two shy of the single-game program record. He headed into Saturday's game four back of fifth place on CBU's career made 3-pointers list, and now stands just 10 away from taking the fourth place spot.
Despite outscoring BYU-Hawaii in points in the paint, points off of turnovers, and second chance points in both halves, CBU could not combat the Seasiders' efficient offense. BYU-Hawaii shot 60.4 percent from the field (29-48) and 60.9 percent from beyond the arc (14-23), compared to the Lancers' 46.8 field goal percentage (29-62) and 45.8 percent (11-24) night from the outside.
Even considering the two teams' disparity in efficiency, the ebb and flow of tonight's game included a constant game of cat and mouse. BYU-Hawaii used runs, including a 10-0 stint to start the game, to extend their lead margin to as big at 15 in first half and 13 points in the second. But the Lancers battled back each time, going so far as to tie the game at 46 with14:51 remaining after one of Von Wright's successful treys.
The Seasiders answered with another 10-0 run, but CBU brought it back to within three at 10:40, after a made 3-pointer from Kevin Deeb, one of two for him from deep in his eight points off the bench.
Another three from Von Wright cut BYU-Hawaii's lead to four with 22 seconds left, after the Seasiders lead extended to 13 again, but CBU was forced to foul down the stretch.
With their high-scoring night, Von Wright and Evans are now that much closer to being only the fourth pair in program history to surpass 1,000 career points in the same season. Von Wright (963 career points) nearly cut his points needed in half tonight, and now stands just 37 points away from the 1,000 point barrier. Evans (953 career points), who also led all rebounding with seven, is closing in at 47 points needed.