COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard (RV) (7-2) men's basketball bested La Sierra (2-7) 94-76 in the final contest of the Vanguard Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday night in The Pit. The Lions got 19 points from junior guard Chris Gorman (Oceanside, Calif.) and 16 points from junior forward Keith Mason (Carson, Calif.) in the win.
Gorman paced the Lions from the start, scoring 14 first-half points on 4-for-5 shooting.
The Pride took a commanding 51-28 lead into the locker room at the break. The only time that Vanguard trailed in the opening period was during a 37-second span between 17:54 and 17:17.
Junior Jordan Diandy (Dakar, Senegal) scored a pair of exciting, high percentage buckets in his five minutes of play, throwing down two fast-break dunks for Vanguard, while adding six points to his team's total.
Senior Preston Wynne (Wellpinit, Wash.), Mason and junior DeAngelo Jones (Cheney, Wash.) also contributed to the Lions' well-balanced scoring effort with eight, seven and six points, respectively, in the half.
La Sierra outscored the Blue and Gold 18-10 to open the second and managed 11 unanswered points before Vanguard's Mason converted a three-point play to break the Golden Eagles' run at 11:04.
Mason then rattled off five of the Lions next seven points to stretch the Lions' advantage to 21 (71-50) with just under nine minutes left on the clock.
The Golden Eagles brought the game within 20 points on the final play of the game.
La Sierra's Wolfgang Wood matched Gorman as the competition's scoring leader with 19 points.
Wynne and Jones scored 11 apiece in the win, just two more than Diandy's total (9 points), while Mason and Allmon aided the Vanguard rebounding effort, grabbing 7 and 6 off of the glass for the Lions.
Jones added four steals, four rebounds and three assists to his versatile stat-line.
Wynne's five assists were a game-high. He also posted two steals and a block on the night.
The Lions travel to Grand Canyon University (4-3) on Tuesday for a 7:00 pm game against the NCAA Division II Lopes. Grand Canyon is riding a three-contest winning streak.