LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (2-8) earned their second victory in as many contests, defeating the Flames of Bethesda University of California (1-8), 110-65, Monday, in intercollegiate men’s basketball action at the Pioneer Event Center.
Senior guard Miles Nolen-Webb (San Diego, CA), UAV’s all-time scoring leader, entered the game 18 points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career as a Pioneer. He would score six points in the first half, and after exploding for 10 quick points in the second half, he would score his 17th and 18th points with a two-point make with 15:26 left in the game, hitting 1,000 in his four-year UAV career.
The Pioneer bench quickly called a timeout after the basket, and a winded Nolen-Webb was instantly mobbed by teammates and the UAV coaching staff joining in the celebration. During the timeout, UAV Head Coach Darwin Cook and Associate Head Coach Jordan Mast presented Nolen-Webb with a plaque at mid-court to commemorate the accomplishment, and after returning to action on the court, the Pioneers would roll to a 110-65 victory.
Senior guard Hayden Hall (Portland, OR) led all Pioneers with 23 points and was hot from three-point range, nailing 5-of-11 from downtown, also adding six rebounds, four assists and one steal, and Nolen-Webb added 20 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Senior forward Christian Drayton (Lufkin, TX) scored 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds to complete his sixth double-double this season, one shy of tying Sheldon Blackwell for the most in program history, also adding three assists, one block and one steal.
Junior center Deividas Mockaitis (Kaunas, Lithuania) chipped in with 11 points and six boards, junior forward Justin Snavely (San Bernardino, CA) added nine points, three rebounds and two steals, and junior guard Brandon Wade (Los Angeles, CA) contributed seven points, six assists and five rebounds.
UAV hit 44-of-75 field goals (.587), 10-of-28 three-pointers (.357), 12-of-18 free throws (.667), and outrebounded the Flames, 53-16. UAV committed 16 turnovers and stole the ball 10 times. Bethesda made 22-of-57 shots (.386), 8-of-25 three-pointers (.320) and 13-of-24 free throws (.542) and committed 11 turnovers and stole the ball from UAV seven times.
Coached by Cook, the Pioneers remain at home to host the University of Los Angeles for a non-conference exhibition game on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4:00 p.m. PST inside the Pioneer Event Center (PEC) in Lancaster, Calif.