LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (7-11; 5-1 Cal Pac) are now tied atop the conference standings with Simpson University (11-6; 5-1 Cal Pac) after defeating the Red Hawks on Thursday night, 101-67 in intercollegiate California Pacific Conference men’s basketball action inside the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster.
A game with the top spot in the Cal Pac standings up for grabs, UAV outscored the Red Hawks 56-33 in the opening half, and would go on to outscore Simpson 45-34 in the second half en route to earning the 34-point win, 101-67. The 100-point outpour was UAV’s second of the season and first in conference play.
Senior guard Hayden Hall (Portland, OR) led all scorers in the contest and shot 5-of-6 on three-pointers, senior forward Christian Drayton (Lufkin, TX) secured a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and junior guard Kamal Holden (Los Angeles, CA) added 13 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Junior guard Ezekiel Armstrong (Lancaster, CA) netted 11 points and made 3-of-4 three-pointers, and junior forward Kane Keil (Auckland, New Zealand) and junior center Deividas Mockaitis (Kaunas, Lithuania) each scored nine points, with Mockaitis also blocking four shots.
UAV hit 42-of-63 field goals (.667), 13-of-25 three-pointers (.520), 4-of-12 free throws (.333), and outrebounded the Red Hawks, 40-31. UAV committed 17 turnovers and stole the ball 11 times. Simpson made 24-of-68 shots (.353), 8-of-22 three-pointers (.364) and 11-of-17 free throws (.647) and committed 15 turnovers and stole the ball from UAV seven times.
NEXT GAME: Coached by Darwin Cook, the Pioneers remained at home to host UC Merced for a California Pacific Conference contest on Saturday, Jan. 19, inside the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster.