Calif. --- Justus Von Wright took California Baptist University to the brink with a career night, and with the game on the line, Ivan Patterson took over.
Von Wright scored a career-high 20 points, 18 in the second half, and Patterson, just a freshman, played a season-high 29 minutes and scored the final five points of the game to lift the Lancers to a 59-56 road GSAC win at San Diego Christian Tuesday night, snapping the Lancers' three-game losing streak.
With the win, the Lancers improve to 8-8, 2-5. The Hawks fall to 7-10, 1-6.
Von Wright was 9-for-16 from the floor, including 8-for-11 in the second half, and also grabbed seven rebounds and had four blocks. It is the first 20-point game of his CBU career, and he played all 40 minutes.
The Lancers out-rebounded the Hawks by a hefty 41-27 margin and no two rebounds were bigger than a pair of offensive rebounds that led to Patterson buckets with the game on the line. The first one was Evans' 12th board of the game, giving the Lancers an extra possession with which Patterson tied the game at 56-56 with a lay-up at the 2:49 mark. After getting a defensive stop on the Hawks' ensuing possession, Patterson did the dirty work himself the next time down, tipping in a Von Wright miss to give the Lancers a 58-56 lead with 1:57 to play.
Neither team scored again until Patterson made a free throw with six seconds left. He missed the second attempt, but Von Wright came up with another monster offensive rebound, and the Hawks never had the ball again.
The Lancers shot 48.9 percent (23-for-47) from the floor and held the Hawks to just 38.6 percent (22-for-57).
Bringing a 22-19 lead into the second half after shooting just 33.3 percent (7-for-21) in the first 20 minutes, the Lancers scored seven straight to open an eight-point margin, leading 44-36 with 11:41 to play. The Hawks used a 12-4 flurry to tie the game at 48-48, for the first of five ties in the final 8:28.
After the Hawks took a 52-50 lead with 5:21 left on a jumper by Benji Arvizu, the teams traded points until Patterson's lay-up with 2:49 left tied the game at 56-56 for the last time.
Aaron Felix led the Hawks with 15 points. Jason Starr came off the bench to chip in with 13 points.