CMS Men's Basketball came out ready to play in a game that ultimately determined whether or not the Stags would remain as the sole leader of the SCIAC conference. With a great team effort, CMS beat the University of La Verne 68-55 at La Verne on Wednesday night to remain undefeated (6-0) in league play.
CMS took an early lead, scoring the first ten points of the game and keeping La Verne scoreless for the first four minutes. The Leopards were able to get themselves in the game and bring the score within two. Although the Stags were only able to convert 32.1% of their shots, the half ended with the Stags ahead 20-18.
The second half proved to be much better offensively for the Stags, who shot 62.5%. La Verne never quiet found its rhythm, scoring 36.2% in the second half and converting only four points in the first 6:30.
With just 10 minutes left in the game, CMS went on a 7-0 run to take a sizeable 43-28 advantage. CMS maintained a 17-point lead until the final 2:27, at which point La Verne went on a 15-6 run. Fortunately, the Stags had built up a substantial lead and held on to win by 13.
The Stags outrebounded the Leopards 38-26 and shot 43.2% from the field. Trevor Woodland of La Verne was the game's leading scorer with 16 points. Not far behind, was Stag Patrick Lacey (GR, Orangevale) [pictured], who led the team with 14 points. Remy Pinson (FR, Rye, NY) provided 13 points for the Stags, while Cody Mivshek (SO, Fort Collins, CO) had ten.
Next, the Stags will take on the University of Redlands at home on Saturday at 7:00 PM. Redlands is currently second in SCIAC with a league record of 5-1. This is the final game of the first round of conference play and will determine if CMS starts round two with a two game lead over second place or tied for the lead with the Bulldogs.