LANCASTER – After beginning the season 2-10, the University of Antelope Valley Pioneers (5-10; 3-0 Cal Pac) won their third-consecutive contest Saturday night, defeating the Pioneers of Pacific Union College (6-6; 2-1 Cal Pac), 84-64, in intercollegiate California Pacific Conference men’s basketball action inside the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster.
Both teams seemed evenly matched throughout the opening half, with the first half seeing 13 lead changes. UAV would pull ahead and took a two-point lead into the half, 35-33, and would pull away in the second half, outscoring PUC, 49-35 en route to winning by 20 points, 84-64.
Senior forward Christian Drayton (Lufkin, TX) led all Pioneers with 16 points and also pulled down a game-high 16 boards to complete his eighth double-double of the season and passing Sheldon Blackwell for the most in program history, and senior guard Miles Nolen-Webb (San Diego, CA) and junior guard Chris Johnson (Los Angeles, CA) each poured in 15 points and combined to dish out 10 assists.
UAV hit 30-of-59 field goals (.508), 6-of-21 three-pointers (.286), 18-of-30 free throws (.600), and outrebounded PUC, 36-27. UAV committed 16 turnovers and stole the ball 12 times. PUC made 19-of-51 shots (.358), 9-of-25 three-pointers (.360) and 17-of-26 free throws (.654) and committed 17 turnovers and stole the ball from UAV five times.
NEXT GAME: Coached by Darwin Cook, the Pioneers remain hit the road to face Embry-Riddle for a California Pacific Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. PST in Prescott, Ariz.