There are no easy games, and California Baptist University found itself in a dogfight Saturday against a Point Loma team looking for its first-ever Pacific West Conference win.
Behind a balanced scoring effort, though, the Lancers overcame a sluggish start, limited the Sea Lions to just two free throws in the first 10 minutes of the second half and then held off the Sea Lions down the stretch to snap its two-game skid with a 59-53 win.
"We started out slow and didn't have much in the beginning," said CBU Head Coach Tim Collins. "Then, we started to guard better and move the ball. We went to our matchup zone and that gave them problems. I thought they had a hard time dealing with it."
The win moves the Lancers to 8-4 overall, 2-2 PacWest.
The Sea Lions fall to 3-10, 0-6.
Andrew Fisk finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, and after having his double-figure scoring streak snapped in last Saturday's loss to Dixie State, Anthony Cosentino rebounded with 11 points to go along with six rebounds.
The Lancers sputtered out of the gate, falling behind 9-0 and then trailed 17-9 before rallying. They led 29-28 at halftime and then held Point Loma without a field goal for the first 9:50 of the second half building up a nine-point lead in the process. The Sea Lions cut it to three twice in the final two minutes, but both the times the Lancers answered to keep them at bay.
"The first 10 minutes of the second half are always important, and we went right inside right off the bat," said Collins. "We were able to extend our lead and they didn't recover."
CBU held Point Loma to 34.4 percent from the floor, including 30.3 percent (10 for 33) in the second half.
Point Loma, the lowest scoring team in the conference, led 17-9 with 10:47 to play before the Lancers awoke, closing the half with a 20-9 spurt. The Lancers had missed 11 of their first 15 shots, but rallied to make six of their next nine.
They scored 11 straight to take a 20-17 lead and after the Sea Lions responded with five straight to take a 22-20 lead, Jury hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Lancers a 26-22 lead with 3:59, completing a 17-5 spurt.
Fisk's layup gave the Lancers a 29-28 halftime lead, and the Lancers never trailed again. The Sea Lions made just two free throws and that was it for the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Lancers built a 39-30 lead. Back-to-back layups from Crabb made it 43-33 with 9:21 left, the largest lead for either team.
Point Loma got within 50-47, but Romero answered with a big 3-pointer with 2:18 to answer. Again, the Sea Lions got within 56-53, but this time Cosentino made a free throw to push the lead to four and the Sea Lions couldn't score again.
The Lancers shot 39.6 percent (19 for 48) from the field and were 16 for 19 (84.2 percent) from the free throw line.