RIVERSIDE, Calif.—brian taylor finished with a run and game-high 20 points and Jesse Zarzuela scored 16 points, but it wasn’t enough, as California Baptist shot 65 percent in the second half and outscored Central Michigan 23-11 in the final 10 minutes of the game to record a 77-61 men’s basketball victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Chippewas on Saturday night at CBU Events Center.
The contest concluded a seven-day, three-game road trip to California for central Michigan as the Chippewas went 1-2 on the trip, including a 68-67 loss to High Point, an 82-66 win over Cal State Northridge and tonight’s loss 77-61.
In the second half, California Baptist converted 65.2 percent (15-23) of their field goal attempts and 66.7 percent (6-9) of their 3-point attempts. Meanwhile, Central Michigan was held to just three field goals in the final 10 minutes of the game and scored on four of their last 16 field goal attempts. CBU also outrebounded Central Michigan 48-27 and made 11 3-pointers.
Taylor set career highs for field goals (nine) and field goal attempts (19) and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds en route to a career-high 20 points. Sixteen of his 20 points were scored in the first half. For his part, Zarzuela scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half. He scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games.
California Baptist (4-3) had three players reach double-digit points. Tre Armstrong and Hunter Goodrick each scored 14 points, while Riley Battin finished with 12 points. Reed Nottage and Taran Armstrong each added nine points.
Two Jesse Zarzuela Free throws cut California Baptist’s lead to three points (53-50) with 11:12 to play. But it was all CBU after that point, as the Lancers outscored the Chippe 23-11 the rest of the way.
An 8-0 run fueled by Tre Armstrong gave CBU a 13-point lead (70-57) with 4:27 to play. Armstrong, who scored all eight points in the rally, hit a 3-pointer, followed with a layup and then hit a corner 3-pointer for a 70-57 lead. After CMU Miroslav Staff He made two free throws, Armstrong made two free throws and Timothy Igohefe’s layup gave the Lancers a 15-point lead (74-69) with 1:57 to play.
California Baptist held a slim two-point lead at halftime (33-31). The Lancers scored the first seven points of the game, then took a 14-6 lead through the first six minutes. But Central Michigan fought back with a 10-0 run to build a 16-14 lead with 9:22 left in the first half. Taylor scored six straight points on a layup and two jumpers, then Max Ajerle scored on a steal and layup and emil skytta he scored on a layup for a 16-14 lead.
CMU took a 28-25 lead when McCaskill hit a 3-pointer and Majerle scored on a layup, but Cal Baptist outscored CMU 8-4 to close out the half with a 33-31 halftime lead.
Central Michigan leading scorer and point guard kevin miller did not play. It was the second contest he had missed in the last three games.
Central Michigan (2-4) returns home for three straight games as the Chippewas hosts Purdue Northwest on Tuesday at 7 pm, Alma on Saturday, December 3, and Robert Morris on Wednesday, December 7.