IRVINE, CA -- The No. 6 Concordia Eagles returned home from their 2-0 finish at the Vanguard Thanksgiving Tournament to face the Bethesda Flames on December 3 inside the CU Arena. The Eagles cruised on to a 103-54 victory over the Flames, a member of the NCCAA from Anaheim, CA.
Senior guard Tim Harris led the Eagles with 23 points on eight-of-10 shooting, including four-of-six from three, as he also added three steals. Kiefer Douse equaled his career-high with 16 points off the bench and also tallied a block. Justin Davis and Lucas Simpson rounded out the Eagles in double-figures as they each put up 11 points. Simpson also pulled down four boards, dished out four assists and collected two steals.
Simpson started the scoring for the Eagles, putting a layup in from Donnell Phifer 20 seconds after the opening tip. A trey and two layups gave the Flames an early lead as they jumped ahead 7-4. The Flames played the Eagles tough for fifteen minutes in the first half until a Tim Harris trey put the Eagles up by six, 21-27.The Eagles never led by less than five from then on, as they took a nine-point advantage into the half with a Kiefer Douse dunk, up 31-40.
Phifer got the second half rolling with an early layup 30 seconds in and the Eagles never let off the gas pedal. A pair of jumpers from Montreal Harris and a trey from T. Harris gave Concordia an 18-point margin at 17:35, and the lead only continued to grow.
M. Harris threw down a dunk with 2:02 remaining to give the Eagles their largest lead of the night, 51-100, as the Eagles broke into the triple digits for the first time this season. Bethesda tried to answer with a three of their own, but freshman point guard Davis sank a three of his own to keep the lead at 49 and close out the game, 54-103.
The Flames got two more chances, but junior forward Josh Smith swatted one and the other was a brick from three as time wound down. All those that were healthy on the Eagles roster saw time in the 49-point victory.
The Eagles improve to 8-2 on the season and will travel to the Stags of Claremont-Mudd on Saturday, December 14, to kick off another long road stretch before coming home December 31 to face the University of Victoria (CN) at 7:00 pm in the CU Arena.