COSTA MESA, Calif. – Senior Preston Wynne (Wellpinit, Wash.) and the No. 20 Lions put on a show in front of a pulsating crowd in The Pit Saturday evening as the Pride defeated Biola 80–60 to move to 15-2 on the year and 2-0 in conference games. Wynne finished with highs in points (23), assists (4) and blocks (2) for the Blue and Gold.
Biola falls to 11-7 overall and 1-1 in GSAC play with the loss.
Shooting 75 percent from 3-point range is a solid tactic when a team seeks to win basketball contests. It only made sense then, that the 2014 Vanguard squad, with its proven affinity for victory, would implement the strategy during Saturday's GSAC home opener against Biola.
Behind a 5-for-7 effort from deep by Wynne and a 3-for-3 three-point performance by junior DeAngelo Jones (Cheney, Wash.), the Pride shot 75 percent (9-for-12) from behind the arc over the course of 20 minutes to take 48-26 lead over its long-time league rival.
The Lions began the game on a 40-10 run and shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first half.
Junior Chris Gorman (Oceanside, Calif.), Wynne and Jones were unstoppable with 16, 16 and 14, respectively, before the break.
Junior Keith Mason (Carson, Calif.) and freshman Zach Allmon (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) led the Lions with 5 rebounds apiece as Vanguard out-boarded Biola 20-16 in the period.
Mason emerged hot in the second, scoring eight of Vanguard's first 10 points out of the locker room as the Lions built a 58-32 lead.
Biola brought the contest to 67-45 at the 9:41 mark following a Mike Kurtz' lay-up, and the easy bucket quickly prompted a timeout from Vanguard head coach Rhett Soliday.
Gorman responded with a pair of makes at the charity stripe, but two minutes later the Eagles came within 20 points at 69-51 for the first time since the 13:55 mark (21-3).
With 5:39 on the clock senior Tino Zaragoza (Orange, Calif.) extended the margin to 72-51 with a shot from behind the arc, and a minute later Gorman picked up his 20th point of the night from the free throw line to put the Pride up by 23 (74-51).
Despite shooting 40.6 percent in the second, Vanguard pulled out the big 80-60 win.
Mason was one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and 9 boards. He dished 3 assists in the victory.
Gorman and Jones posted 22 and 16, respectively, for Vanguard.
Biola's Kurtz managed a double-double (12 pts, 10 rebs) in the loss.
Westmont is next on the slate for the Lions. Vanguard travels to Santa Barbara on Tuesday for a 7:30pm contest with the Warriors.