HILO, Hawaii --- Solid shooting and great team play helped California Baptist University run away with an 83-70 win over Hawaii-Hilo in the first of four games in eight days CBU will play against the Hawaiian teams of the PacWest.
Luke Evans led all scorers with 16 points and improved his team leading shooting percentage by hitting 5 of 6 shots from the floor and 6 of 9 from the free throw line. CBU shot 58.5 percent from the floor, its best mark of the season.
"Overall it was a good effort," said Head Coach Tim Collins. "Coming out on the road, in the first game you want to play well."
After being named PacWest player of the week Friday, Romero came out and notched his ninth double-digit scoring effort of the year.
Romero took charge of the game in the first half, putting up 13 of his 15 points. He shot a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor, including three from beyond the arc.
"I thought Luke (Evans) would come out and have a strong first half, but it ended up being Romero," said Collins. "Then they ended up tightening up on him a little in the second half."
The second half is when the man that ranks 13th in all-time scoring for CBU took over the floor. Evans put up 12 of his 16 points after halftime, helping the Lancers outscore the Vulcans 47-42 in the second half.
Although Romero and Evans stood out, everyone got in on the act. Seven different Lancers had multiple field goals made and six made at least one free throw.
CBU went on two different 9-0 runs during the game, one in the middle of the first half and one at the start of the second.
The team play was evident during the runs as five different Lancers accounted for those 18 points.
"I thought everyone we put in really helped us a lot," Collins said. "Now, hopefully, we can take it one at a time and see what happens."
CBU moves to 13-7 on the year, and will continue its road trip in Hawaii on Monday. They visit Hawaii Pacific at 7 p.m. (PST).