IRVINE, Calif. --- Biola earned a season-sweep of Concordia with a one-point win in Irvine, 74-73.
Dakari Archer led the way for the Eagles, picking up 22 points to lead both teams. He went a stunning 14-14 from the free-throw line. It was his 13th game this season without a miss from the stripe.
Biola moved itself into a four-way tie for third place as the team evens its conference record at 6-6. Concordia drops to 6-6 to fall back into that tie.
The Eagles struggled to get rebounds on the road, getting outboarded by seven. Most of Concordia's rebounds came in their strong second half, when they picked up 19 total boards, including 10 on the offensive end.
It was Biola's ballgame in the first half, as they scored the first 10 points of the game to get themselves a sizeable advantage early. They would need every one of those points as they continued down the stretch.
They held the advantage throughout all of the first half, and extended it to a game-high 14 points with just over 18 minutes to play.
Over the next six minutes Concordia went on a 15-5 run to lessen the gap to just four points. They were within striking distance for the first time in the game, thanks to their ability to bring in boards and throw up nearly double the amount of shots Biola had in the half.
Concordia outscored Biola 48-40 in the second period.
It was a little too close for comfort within the final minute, as Concordia's Stephen Grosey hit a deep three-pointer with :34 left to make it a two-point game. Mike Kurtz and Andre Murillo hit four straight free throws during the final seconds to seal the deal.
Tommy Stangl hit a last-second prayer, but it didn't make as difference as Murillo's final free throw made it a four-point advantage.
Biola shot 80 percent from the charity stripe in the game, making the difference as they had 10 more chances and and 11 more makes than Concordia. Concordia committed eight more fouls than Biola, giving them just enough chance to keep their slim lead.
Pierre Zook and Murillo joined Archer with double-digit point outputs, coming in at 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Biola improves to 16-12 (6-6 GSAC) and Concordia drops to 19-9 (6-6 GSAC). The Eagles play their final regular season home game on Tuesday night against the GSAC's second place team, Arizona Christian.