LA MIRADA, Calif. --- Once a freight train picks up speed, it becomes extremely difficult to stop, Andre Murillo and the Eagles kept hurdling down the tracks as they extended their win streak to four games with a nine-point win over La Sierra Tuesday night.
Murillo was a force to be reckoned with inside Chase Gymnasium as he racked up 21 points, his second straight game with 20-plus, and 16 rebounds, just nine fewer than the entire La Sierra team.
What Murillo did for Biola's offensive attack, Mike Kurtz did on defense. The big man swatted seven blocks on the night and kept La Sierra's inside attack in check. His defense forced La Sierra to continue throwing up three-point shots throughout the night, they attempted 17 shots from deep.
Biola was in control throughout the entire first half, and most of the second until the Golden Eagles managed to stage the workings of a comeback in the middle of the second frame.
Strong free throw shooting down the stretch helped Biola hold onto what turned into a slim lead and pick up their fifth win of the season.
The Eagles shot well from everywhere on the court on Tuesday, shooting 54 percent overall and 86 percent from the free throw line.
Murillo and Kurtz combined to go eight of ten from the line, while four other Eagles managed to stay perfect from the charity stripe. Dakari Archer was one of those, shooting 2-2 from the stripe and accumulating 13 points and three assists in 30 minutes of work.
Archer was running the Eagles offense throughout the night and helped distribute the ball with ease throughout the first half, helping Biola build its 45-34 halftime lead.
Pierre Zook was the fourth Eagle to reach double-digit in the points column, falling just behind Murillo with 19 points. He was a wizard from deep, getting nine points off three-point shots. He too was a perfect 2-2 from the line and made 7-9 shots overall.
Biola found a way to take advantage of La Sierra's tendency to foul, scoring 18 from the line in 21 shots and getting two Golden Eagles benched for foul trouble. They also outmuscled La Sierra, bringing down 39 rebounds and holding La Sierra to 25.
Biola improves to 5-3 on the year and drops La Sierra to 2-9. The Eagles look to continue their winning streak this Friday against William Jessup at 8 p.m. It is the second game of Biola's 10-game home stretch.