By Eirik Bjorno
Thursday, Feb. 6, the men’s basketball team took on the Firebirds of the University of District of Columbia for an ECC match up. The Pioneers dominated the game right from the get-go, and won comfortably 91-52.
Coming from an astonishing 84-49 win last week against Roberts Wesleyan, the Pioneers were full of confidence heading into their first home game in February after playing three away games. Led by senior Forward Vaughn Allen, the Pioneers wasted no time in the start of the game, and they earned a 22-9 lead after playing only 11 minutes. Allen accounted for six out of the first eight points for the green and gold, as the team steered into halftime with a 46-28 lead.
Opening the second half, the Pioneers sealed the victory with a 14-0 burst, widening the margin to 66-36. Junior guard P.J. Torres and junior forward Tyuan Williams combined for all the points in the run. Williams tipped in 10 points, while Torres added the remaining four.
Torres had a game high 22-point showing, as he hit 10-of-17 shots from field-goal range. He also added three assists, three steals, and six rebounds to his standout performance. Williams came close with his 21 points and nine boards. Junior guard Isiah Stokley accumulated 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Allen added
11 points, eight boards, four steals, and two assists to his senior season statistics.
Head Coach Erik Smiles and the Pioneers return to the court Wednesday, Feb. 12, when they start another three-game road trip in Bridgeport, Conn. at ECC rival Bridgeport. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.