Point Loma showed Fresno Pacific why it is the leading defensive team in the Pacific West Conference.
The Sea Lions held the Sunbirds to 40% shooting in a 73-62 men’s basketball victory Friday night in San Diego.
Madison Higgins and Roger Paul scored 14 points each for the Sunbirds (7-13, 3-10).
Trevon Clayton recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Hayden Lescault led Point Loma (16-5, 9-5) with 22 points.
Fresno Pacific trimmed the Sea Lions’ lead to nine on five occasions in the second half, the final time coming with 2:03 remaining, but wouldn’t get any closer.
• Point Loma hit 50% of its shots, enjoyed a 37-28 edge on the boards and won for the ninth time in its past 10 games by defeating Fresno Pacific 77-65 in a PacWest women’s game. Riley Abraham was 9 for 17 while scoring 20 points for the Sea Lions (13-9, 11-4), who had a 44-22 edge in the paint. Dakota McLarnan had 12 points and Jasmine Shedrick six blocks for the Sunbirds (3-16, 3-11), who surprised Point Loma 73-59 on Dec. 20 in Fresno.
Sunbirds hope to play two on diamond
Fresno Pacific looks to maintain a perfect start to its baseball season and beat the threat of rain when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus in a doubleheader Saturday.
Game times are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Sunbirds are off to a 3-0 start, including a Thursday sweep at Stanislaus that saw left-hander Wilson Ashford tie the school record with his 21st career victory. Ashford was thought to be tied with Kelyn Schellenberg heading into this season, but a recheck of records after Thursday’s game found Schellenberg had been shorted one win in the university’s official statistics.
Michael Hostetler (8 for 14, three RBIs) and Baron Bower (4 for 9) are among the Sunbirds hitters off to hot starts.
• Fresno Pacific had three runners place in the top 10 of the 5,000 meters to open the two-day Sunshine Open, hosted by Westmont in Santa Barbara. Ricardo Jazo was fifth in 16:00.99, Cody Kinsman seventh at 16:14.52 and Gabriel Rios eighth at 16:18.87.
JC softball: Porterville sweeps past Hartnell
Sophomore Tiffany Dennison struck out 10 and threw a four-hit shutout in the first game and Sydnee Walker was 2 for 2 with three RBIs in game 2 as Porterville College took a pair from Hartnell 3-0 and 10-2 in a nonconference doubleheader.
Jordynn Jimenez was 3 for 4 with an RBI and three runs as Porterville (4-2) won the nightcap via mercy rule in six innings. Hartnell, coming off a Feb. 3 split with West Hills, is 2-5.