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Right On Time
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 11/27/2012
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- For the second time in three games it wasn't pretty for the first 30 minutes of the night, but the California Baptist University found 10 minutes of good basketball when it counted to pull out a 78-67 win Tuesday night.

The Lancers trailed as late as the 10:15 mark in the second half to La Sierra, but pulled ahead and held on for the hard fought victory.

"We had to make some adjustments and really come out with a different energy in the second half," said CBU Head Coach Tim Collins. "We had to clamp down on Bennett Shaw, their best player, in the second half and were able to hold him to just five points after a big start. I didn't think we passed the ball all that well in the first half either, but we got some guys out there who like to share the ball a little more and that got things going."

The Lancers trailed 55-53 mid-way through the second half, but a put back layup by Micah Sherman evened the contest. One of two free throws by Anthony Cosentino, followed by a layup from Kevin Crabb then gave CBU its first lead since 3:53 left in the first half.

Sherman would complete a 10-0 run with yet another offensive rebound and put back, giving the Lancers a 60-55 advantage with 8:07 to play.

"Micah was huge tonight on the glass and sharing the ball for us," said Collins. "He's such a good team player and he was a key for us tonight with some great hustle plays."

Sherman also drew the defensive assignment of handling Shaw down the stretch as the Eagle's leading scorer posted just five points on 2 of 3 shooting in the second half.

La Sierra closed to within one at the 6:35 mark, but a 9-1 run spurred by a pair of Eagle turnovers gave the Lancers the lead the rest of the way.

CBU shot 45.8 percent for the game, 48.4 percent in the second half, while La Sierra shot just 33.3 percent in the second period.

Cosentino and Kyle Wong led CBU in scoring with 15 points apiece, and Luke Evans chipped in 12. Sherman posted six points and three boards, all on the offensive end. Kevin Crabb also reached double figures with 10 points.

Shaw scored a game high 18 points for the Eagles.

CBU out-rebounded La Sierra 43-31.

"This was a tough game against a good team," said Collins. "They are really starting to build a good program over there. A few years ago these were blowout wins against these guys, but we really had to work to get this one tonight."

The Lancers move to 4-0 on the season, while La Sierra falls to 1-7.


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