Berneys big debut sparks Pacific men to season-opening win

Junior transfer David Berney scores 27 points to lead the Boxers to a victory over Evergreen State

David Berney was inadvertently left out of the game program in his Pacific basketball debut, but he certainly will not be forgotten again.

The junior transfer led Pacific with a game-high 27 points last Tuesday, leading the Boxers to a 70-54 victory over Evergreen State in the team's season opener at the Stoller Center.

Berney scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half, connecting on 10-of-15 shots from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range. He led a great shooting effort for the Boxers, who shot 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from three-point range.

'David has a chance to be a marquee player in the conference if he continues to improve,' Pacific head coach Tim Cleary said. 'All of his shots and all of his makes were right in the flow of the offense. He didn't force anything. He got open looks and he was able to knock them down.'

Charles Mosley was big on both ends of the floor, finishing with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Colin Wester connected for 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with five steals, while Andrew Beatty finished with a team-high six assists.

Cleary was happy with the effort of the entire team, especially in a first half where the Geoducks controlled the pace of play.

'Through the first half it was kind of a grind,' he said. 'Our guys stuck with the game plan and sure enough in the second half we were able to pull away. Through execution and teamwork we came out on the positive side.'

Patrick Lewis led three Evergreen State (0-3) players in double figures with 16 points, connecting on 6-of-8 from the field. Mike DeRosier added 11 points and Marice Tolliver scored 10.

Tolliver gave the Geoducks their largest lead of the game, 25-18, with 3:41 left in the first half, but Berney responded with back-to-back three-pointers to bring the Boxers back within one.

Wester opened the second half with his lone three of the game and the Boxers would not trail again. Wester scored six unanswered points to put Pacific on top 40-34, and the Boxers went on a 16-0 run later in the half to effectively close out the game.

Mosley had seven points to key the run, which ended on Wester's breakaway lay-in with 1:53 to go that opened up the 68-48 Pacific lead.

The Boxers are in the midst of a six-game homestand, with a game Saturday against Walla Walla before conference play begins next Tuesday.