Evans dominated the paint, bettering his previous career best of 25 points.
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Release: 12/04/2012
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RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University couldn't do much wrong Tuesday night.

The Lancers made a season-high eight 3-pointers, put four in double figures, got a career-high 30 points from Luke Evans and put together one of its better defensive efforts of the young season.

Put it all together and the Lancers opened their 2012-13 PacWest schedule with a resounding 93-75 win over Fresno Pacific.

"They did everything we asked of them tonight," said CBU Head Coach Tim Collins. "I told them afterwards that if they do that going forward, we're going to be a very good team and be tough to beat."

The win keeps the Lancers unbeaten at 6-0 overall, 1-0 PacWest.

The Sunbirds fall to 4-4, 0-1.

In a sign of things to come, the Lancers made their first four and five of their first seven shots. They used a 17-4 first half run to put a stranglehold on the game, held off a charge midway through the second half and then coasted in for the impressive win over the conference newcomers.

Evans was 13 for 18 from the floor and also finished with eight rebounds. He had 19 of his 30 in the second half as the Lancers outscored the Sunbirds 30-17 in the final nine minutes of the game.

"This is the first game this year we stuck to the game plan and played two complete halves," said Evans, who now has 1,095 career points. "This is one of the best teams I've been a part of, and we know if we play together, it's going to be tough to beat us."

The Lancers had 25 assists on 37 field goals, while the Sunbirds had 13 assists on 30 field goals.

John Taylor, who leads the PacWest in scoring at 24.9 points, finished with 17 points but needed 17 shots to get it and had just six points in the first half as the Lancers took the lead for good. Matt Samuels led FPU with 19 points, but also needed 17 shots.

The Sunbirds misfired on 15 of 18 of their 3-point attempts.

Meanwhile, the Lancers were 8 for 13 from the 3-point line and finished the game shooting a season-best 57.8 percent from the floor and 11 for 15 from the free throw line. The 93 points are also a season high and the most since scoring 95 against La Sierra on Nov. 19, 2009.

"I didn't want that pace, because I felt like they might be a little better at that," said Collins, "but we started getting some stuff out of it. We ran our stuff well, executed and got good, open looks. The heart and the effort were there and they stuck to the game plan."

Anthony Cosentino finished with 19 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Wong had 15 points, hit four 3-pointers, and passed out six assists.

Ivan Patterson had 12 points and six assists but his most important contribution came on the defensive end, forcing Taylor into tough shots all night long.

"Ivan did a fantastic job defensively tonight," said Collins. "That was key for us."

Cosentino had eight of the Lancers' 17 points in a 17-4 run that gave them their largest lead of the first half (43-30) that was capped by a Wong 3-pointer with 2:06 to play. Patterson started the run with a short jumper that ignited a string of nine straight and gave the Lancers the lead for good.

They led 43-32 at halftime.

The Sunbirds used a 10-2 run to get within 63-58 with 9:25 left, but Wong and Cosentino drilled back-to-back treys to push the lead back up to 11.

Evans' 3-point play with 6:46 left pushed the lead up to 74-60 and Anthony Romero's two free throws with 2:10 left gave them their largest lead of the game at 89-67.

Evans became the Lancers' first 30-point scorer since Justus Von Wright had 32 last Feb. 25 against BYU-Hawaii.

"Luke used his body so well tonight," said Collins. "We were able to find him a lot. They switched ball screens and Luke found himself with a smaller guard on him a lot and was able to take advantage. He was fantastic."

 


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