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Release: 12/01/2012
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- California Baptist University opened its conference season by welcoming PacWest newcomer Fresno Pacific with an 87-63 victory Saturday night.

The Lancers had a big second half in the game to move to 5-1 overall, 1-0 PacWest. FPU drops to 0-7, 0-1.

"I could just say we're really trying to be a second half team, but I think that's just kind of how it's worked out to be honest," said CBU Head Coach Jarrod Olson. "I was just glad the way we responded in the second half. We did a little better job defensively I felt and that led to some offense for us and got us going."

CBU jumped ahead early, getting out to a fast 18-3 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game.

FPU would claw its way back, however, pulling within three on free throws by Charde Stevens with two minutes remaining in the half. The Lancers held a 34-28 lead at the break.

The Sunbird offense was the Keairra White show in the first half as she scored 21 of the team's 28 points. Jasmine Beverly already had her double-double in hand at the break with 13 points and 11 boards.

Out of the half CBU found another gear and left FPU in its wake, jumping ahead 53-35 with a 17-5 run early.

Brittney Lewis got the run going with six points out of the break and then Lesley Vodicska capped it with a three.

The Lancers would lead by double digits the rest of the way, capping a wire-to-wire victory.

Beverly ended up leading CBU with a monster 23 point, 18 rebound performance and Lewis, who came on strong with 15 points in the second half, added 21. The Lancers had five players in double figures.

"Jasmine just has a nose for the ball," said Olson. "She's around every loose ball it seems like and is always very active. Overall I was very happy with the job we did on the boards tonight."

CBU owned a 50-33 rebounding advantage in the game, grabbing 23 on the offensive end.

White was the focal point of the FPU offense all night, scoring 32 points on 7 of 20 shooting. She got 16 of her points from the free throw line, going 16 of 18. Charde Stevens was the only other Sunbird in double figures with 14 points.

CBU goes back on the road after playing its home opener, facing Cal State Dominguez Hills on Wednesday.

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