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Lancers make it a happy Homecoming by routing Biola

By in Press Enterprise on February 11, 2018

By Jim Alexander

RIVERSIDE — About the only flaw Cal Baptist’s men’s basketball Lancers had Saturday night was an inefficient timeout routine.

That pretty well tells you that things are going smoothly.

The Lancers bludgeoned Biola, 96-59, in front of an announced homecoming crowd of 4,680 at the Cal Baptist Events Center. They shot 58.8 percent in the first half to a 49-19 lead, and kept up the pace in the second half to win their fifth straight and remain a half game behind Dixie State in the PacWest standings.

That flaw? You see, the Fox Sports Prime Ticket cameras were on site, meaning the timeouts were a little longer than usual. And the Lancers and Eagles, unused to waiting out that extra commercial time, habitually returned to the floor from their huddles with about a half-minute of timeout left.

“We try not to waste words,” head coach Rick Croy said. “If we say something we want it to mean something. There’s times in timeouts we don’t say much at all . We’ve got such strong leadership on the team, guys kind of take over.

“Sometimes, you might as well get on the floor and get ready.”

The game was shown on Fox Sports San Diego as well, giving CBU basketball its largest potential audience ever. And Kalidou Diouf was ready for his closeup.

The Lancers’ senior center scored on 3-pointers, on hooks and on dipsy-do drives into the lane en route to a 26-point night, and his eight rebounds included five on the offensive glass. Diouf came into the game averaging 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.

Cory Lange added 13 points, Jordan Heading 12 and Matt Hubbard 10 for the Lancers (18-4 overall, 11-3 in the PacWest). Heading had seven points and freshman Ty Rowell 6.

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