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Eagles foul out in loss

 

Biola struggled with foul troubles that eventually cost them.  |  Chak Hee Lo / THE CHIMES

 

Biola men’s basketball traveled to San Francisco, Calif. to face the Academy of Art Knights on Jan. 29. The Eagles looked to build off of their two previous PacWest victories and close out their road trip with a perfect 3-0. However, 10 first half fouls contributed to the visitors trailing by five at halftime, and continued foul trouble in the second half left the Eagles shorthanded to finish the game and lose 77-73.

FOUL TROUBLE EARLY

The Eagles held the lead for the first five minutes of the game before the Knights came back and pulled away near the 10-minute mark. Biola came close to tying the Knights before halftime, but the hosts made three free throws to finish the half ahead 40-35. The 10 fouls from the Eagles in the first half almost matched their 12 total from their victory over Notre Dame de Namur on Jan. 27. Despite the fouls, Biola still only trailed by five at the break.

After the sloppy first half, the Eagles played with even less discipline in the second half, fouling the Knights 14 times. A strong surge midway through the half saw Biola take the lead with 11:32 to go, and they stretched their lead to as many as five on multiple occasions. However, the Knights fought back to take the lead with 4:17 remaining and never let go from that point on.

STARTERS FOUL OUT

Freshman forward Isaiah Jones and junior forward Alex Talma fouled out with more than four minutes left, leaving the Eagles undersized for the remainder of the game. Freshman forward Michael Bagatourian shortly followed as he fouled out with 2:07 remaining, leaving Biola with three starters on the bench to finish the game.

In continuing to showcase his consistent scoring talent, junior guard Trevor Treinen scored 20 points, including going 4-8 from behind the arc. Bagatourian put in his best performance of his young Biola career, scoring a career high 19 points on 6-7 shooting and 7-7 from the free throw line, while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Blake Shannon Jr. added 14 more points onto the Eagles total.

Biola’s shooting kept them in the game, as they shot 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc. They also made the most of their free throw opportunities, converting 89.5 percent of their free throw attempts. The Eagles’ 24 fouls helped the Knights go 19-27 on free throw attempts.

The Eagles fall to 8-13 overall (2-11 in the PacWest). They look to rebound against rival Azusa Pacific University in the final Cornerstone Cup basketball matchup of the season at home on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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