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Release: 11/17/2012
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RIVERSIDE --- Welcome back Andrew Fisk.

Fisk, who missed the final nine games last year with an injury, made up for lost time with a monster night, and California Baptist University had four in double figures Saturday in an overwhelming 83-47 season-opening victory over NAIA UC Merced.

Fisk finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Lancers to their seventh straight season-opening win and 17th straight home-opening win. He easily doubled his previous career high, which was previously 14 points in a win over Notre Dame de Namur last year.

"Andrew is a great athlete and rebounds so well that he creates so many problems," said CBU Head Coach Tim Collins, who improved to 10-1 in season openers at CBU. "He has such a good presence out there and has come a long way since last year. He understands what we're trying to do and how we play, and I think he's going to have a big year."

The Lancers improve to 1-0, while the Bobcats, who just played their third game in four days, fall to 0-7.

Ivan Patterson tallied 18 points and five rebounds. Anthony Romero had 17 points, 14 in the second half, and Kevin Crabb had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lancers.

The Lancers shot 55.9 percent from the floor and had 24 assists on 33 field goals. They held UC Merced to 30.3 percent shooting, including 1 for 14 from beyond the arc.

Fisk and Patterson combined for 28 of the Lancers' 40 first-half points as the Lancers shot 56.7 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Lancers scored 10 of the first 13 points to open a seven-point lead in the first four minutes and then pushed it to 22-9 with 11:09 left, keyed by six straight points by Fisk.

The Lancers never led by less than nine the rest of the night and Patterson's lone 3-pointer gave them a 38-19 lead, their largest of the half, with 55 seconds left in the half.

"It was good to get the bugs out early," said Collins. "I was pleased with the way we played on both ends. I think they (UC Merced) just ran out of gas with their third game in four days, and that obviously helped us, especially in the second half."

The Lancers largest lead came on a Romero conventional 3-point play with 56 seconds left to give the Lancers an 83-46 advantage.

Though he only scored one point, Jalen Jury came off the bench to add a game-high six assists and six rebounds. Kyle Wong also had five assists. Romero finished with four helpers.

Fisk, Patterson, Crabb and Romero combined to shoot an impressive 31 for 42 from the floor.

 


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