Biola men’s basketball heading to GSAC opener undefeated

The Eagles have made a strong start to the season, winning their first five games.

Zachary Fu, Writer

Eagles continue perfect record with win against Whittier College

The Biola men’s basketball team extended their season record to 5-0 with a 78-35 victory against Whittier College Tuesday night. The Eagles played exceptionally well as a team with five players scoring in double figures. Dwight Gordon led the team with 14 points, followed by Nate Rakestraw with 12, Curtis Eatmon added 11, and David Cline and Josh Miller both contributed 10.

The Eagles shot an impressive 51.7% field goal percentage for the game. They also dominated the Poets with points in the paint, 34-16, and in rebounds 47-27. Defense has definitely been the key to the Eagle’s success this season. The team is currently ranked at No. 6 in the NAIA in scoring defense.

“Our energy level has just been up there compared to some of the seasons that I’ve been here before. I think this is how we’ve been able to get out early and get early leads,” said senior Nate Rakestraw on the Eagle’s improved defense this year.

The Eagles will return to the hardwood on Tuesday, Nov. 30 against Westmont College in their GSAC opener at 7:30 in Chase Gymnasium.

Eagles dominate Pomona-Pitzer at away game

The Biola men’s basketball team improved to a 4-0 record with their victory over Pomona-Pitzer College Saturday, Nov. 20. Senior Dwight Gordon contributed 17 points while senior Curtis Eatmon and junior David Cline both added 14 to power Biola to the 68-46 win. Gordon shot 8-for-12 from the field and led the team in scoring for the third time this season.

Pomona-Pitzer had an early 8-5 lead in the game on a fast break layup by Shawn Stephan. Biola then responded with a 12-0 run to silence the crowd and take a 17-9 lead. The Eagles eventually stretched their lead to 35-14 at halftime. Biola’s momentum continued in the second half to take the largest lead of the game at 54-22. At this point, Biola’s starters had the rest of the night off as the bench players played much of the period. The Sagehens closed the gap to as few as 19 before the final buzzer sounded with the scoreboard reading 68-46.

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