College Roundup: VU men step up with big win

February 18, 2014


Vanguard 75, Concordia 74 (OT)

The visiting Lions rallied to tie in regulation then pulled away and held on in overtime to claim at least a share of their first Golden State Athletic Conference title in 24 seasons Tuesday.

The No. 9-ranked Lions (22-4, 9-2 in conference) need just one win in their three remaining conference games to claim the program's first outright conference crown since 1989. They shared GSAC titles in 1990 and 1987.


Senior guard Preston Wynne had a game-high 28 points, including a three-pointer with 1:28 left in overtime that broke a 70-70 tie.

Concordia's Josh Smith made two free throws to pare the margin to one, but Vanguard junior DeAngelo Jones made two free throws with 1:39 left to put the visitors up 75-72.

Lucas Smith made a layup for Concordia and was fouled, but missed the free throw with 1:28 left. Neither team scored again.

Chris Gorman and Jones had 14 points each for Vanguard, for which Zach Allmon had a team-best 10 rebounds.

Concordia fell to 19-8, 6-5.


Vanguard 93, Concordia 72

Senior Nicole Ballestero had 30 points and junior Leigha Bednar added 25 to help the visiting Lions clinch at least a share of the Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship on Tuesday.

No. 1-ranked Vanguard (22-0, 11-0 in conference), is three games ahead of The Master's College with three conference games to play.

It's the first GSAC regular-season title since 2010 for the Lions, who have won eight conference regular-season titles in the last 13 seasons under Coach Russ Davis.

Senior Taylor Belmont had 12 points, 13 assists and a team-best six rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes for the Lions, who shot 52.3% from the field (34 for 65).

Bednar made 12 of 15 field-goal attempts for the winners.


UC Irvine 1, Fresno State 0

Senior pitcher Evan Brock blanked the visiting Bulldogs on three hits through seven innings and Sam Moore preserved the shutout with two innings of one-hit relief to help the Anteaters salvage the final game of the three-game nonconference series on Sunday.

Brock earned the win and Moore posted the save, as Kris Paulino drove in Justin Castro with a single in the sixth inning for the game-winning run batted in.

Castro went three for three to account for half of UCI's hits, as junior standouts Taylor Sparks (zero for 11 for the series) and Connor Spencer (zero for 13) are still looking for their first hit of the season.

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