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Boxers snap four-game skid with win over La Sierra

BASKETBALL: Pacific's southern California road trip ends on a high note with a 68-56 victory

Pacific snapped a four-game losing streak last Tuesday, beating La Sierra 68-56 in men's basketball action at the Alumni Pavilion in Riverside, Calif.

La Sierra (1-8) appeared to be in control in the first half, leading by as much as 11 points before watching the Boxers come back to tie the game at halftime, 37-37. Pacific (2-7) then outscored La Sierra 31-19 in the second half, thanks in part to a 15-for-16 performance at the free throw line.

Junior Maurice Ross led all scorers with 20 points, connecting on 7 of 19 from the field to go along with three assists. Garold Howe added 15 points and nine rebounds, which included a 6-for-6 performance from the charity stripe. Joe Van Domelen scored 12 for Pacific.

Ryan White led La Sierra with 14 points and seven rebounds as the Golden Eagles outshot Pacific 44 percent (22 for 50) to 39 percent (23 for 59) and out-rebounded the guests 31-25. Roshawn Knight added 11 points and Joshua Crouch finished with 10.

La Sierra took charge early by scoring the game's first 10 points and building their largest lead of the night, 13-2, on a White three-pointer. Pacific answered back by dropping the lead to four points on Van Domelen's jumper at the 12:54 mark.

It took nine minutes for the Boxers to tie the game, doing so at 29-29 on a Ross three-pointer with 3:45 to go. The two teams traded buckets the rest of the way and went into halftime tied at 37-37.

Van Domelen gave the Boxers their first lead of the game early in the second half, but the Golden Eagles kept it close and took a brief one-point lead, 44-43, on two Knight free throws. That's the last lead La Sierra would have as Ross' 15-footer sparked a 23-7 run over the next 10 minutes. Howe ended the run with a pair of free throws that gave Pacific the biggest lead of the night, 66-51, with 3:46 remaining.

The Boxers will take a week off before returning to the Pacific Athletic Center on Jan. 2 to open Northwest Conference play against defending conference co-champion Lewis and Clark.