Dec. 11, 2019
Senior Danny Campbell scored a career-high 32 points, pushing him over the 1,000-point plateau for his career at Biola and propelling the Eagles to a dominating 90-77 victory over arch-rival Azusa Pacific University before a capacity crowd of 2,400 at Chase Gymnasium on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The Eagles improve to 22-2 on the season and remain tied atop the GSAC standings with a 12-2 conference mark. The Cougars drop to 16-8 overall and to 9-5 in conference play.
While the capacity crowd representing both schools might disagree with recent talk that the Biola/Azusa Pacific rivalry may be over, one might not blame the Cougars for looking elsewhere for a rival on the court. The victory completes a sweep of the season-series by the Eagles for the first time since the 2001-02 season and just the third time since the 1991-92 season. It was also Biola's fourth win in the last five games between the two.
Campbell had a banner night to lead the Eagles, connecting on 10-of-15 from the field including all four of Biola's three-pointers in the game. He also had 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Senior forward Rocky Hampton, also had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, adding five blocked shots and two steals.
The Eagles dominated the Cougars in nearly every facet of the game, outshooting them 56.9 percent to 37 percent and oustscoring them in the paint 42-18. Azusa Pacific was able to hang in the game thanks to 15 three-pointers, but the Cougars hit just 15 of 47 in the game (31.9 percent).
Biola wasted little time getting the home crowd into the game, outscoring Azusa Pacific 13-3 over the first six minutes of the game. The Cougars' Dominique Johnson got the visitors back into the game with back-to-back three pointers only to see the Eagles stretch it back to the 10 just a few minutes later. The seesaw battle continued through the rest of the half with Biola leading by as many as 12 on three-straight treys by Campbell. A late free throw would give the Eagles a 13-points halftime lead.
In the second half, Biola continued to dominate the Cougars, stretching the lead to as many as 21 points. The real dagger came near the midway point of the half as sophomore David Cline's monster dunk over APU freshman Christian Katuala nearly brought down the house. Cline converted the ensuing free throw to give Biola a 55-35 lead with 9:05 to play.
Even Azusa Pacific's tactic of sending a steady stream of Biola players to the free throw line over the course of the final 10 minutes of the game didn't work in the end. Biola went to the free throw line a total off 44 times and made 28 (63.6 percent) with Campbell going a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.
While the strategy did help the Cougars eventually cut the lead to nine, it came with just 36 seconds left and was followed by a fastbreak dunk by Hampton and a jumper by Marlon King to make it a 13-point final spread.
Johnson scored 32 points for the Cougars thanks to eight three-pointers. Caleb Burgess added 20 points on four three-pointers and 6-of-11 shots overall.
King scored 13 points in the game--seven of which came from the free throw line--adding four assists and a steal.
The only thing that seemed to go wrong for the Eagles came in the first half as senior guard Elliot Tan entered the game only to suffer a injury to his arm after falling to the ground just a few seconds after coming in. He appeared to suffer a dislocated elbow and was taken to a local hospital for observation.
Biola returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 13) for what could prove to be a tough road contest at San Diego Christian College at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks have knocked off a number of the conference's top teams when playing at home including handing Concordia its first loss of the season.
Written by Jeff Hoffman, Sports Information Director. Jenna Bartlo, Media Relations Coordinator, can be reached at (562) 777-4061 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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