FULLERTON, Calif. – Junior Preston Wynne (Wellpinit, Wash.) fancies Hope International's Darling Pavilion. In the Lions' two Hope Classic games this week, Wynne managed a whopping eleven 3-point baskets, 54 points, 17 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks and 2 assists. Promising news for the Pride, who will face the Royals (5-0) in Golden State Athletic Conference play on January 26th.
As for Wednesday's contest, Vanguard handled business, defeating Central Methodist University (Mo.) 77-62 to post its fifth win of the year. The Blue and Gold sit at 5-2 overall, while Central Methodist drops to 5-4.
Seven of Wynne's shots from behind the arc came against the Central Methodist Eagles. He recorded his second 30-plus point game of the year, boasting 32 points on 50-percent shooting (12-24) to go along with 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks in 38 minutes on the floor.
Averaging 21.4ppg, Wynne is the current leader among GSAC players in scoring.
Sophomore Chris Gorman (Oceanside, Calif.), another crucial addition to the 2012-2013 Lions' squad, posted 18 points, 6 assists, 3 steals and a rebound against Central Methodist. Gorman, a transfer from Palomar College, averages nearly 15ppg (14.7) through seven games for Vanguard.
Senior Taylor Kelly (Bakersfield, Calif.) and junior Noel Larkins (Placentia, Calif.) tallied 10 and 7 points, respectively. Kelly and Larkins combined for 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the win and Larkins also dished 4 assists for Vanguard.
Vanguard returns to the court at home on Fri. for the Vanguard Thanksgiving Tourney. The Lions take on Warner Pacific (5:30pm) on Friday and Univ. of Redlands on Saturday. Concordia is also participating in the tournament.