Fresno - Paul Guerrero's 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds to play lifted the visiting Biola University Eagles to a 64-61 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the host Sunbirds tonight in the Special Events Center.
Guerrero spoiled a big FPU comeback. The Sunbirds trailed by eight points (61-53) with 3:55 to play and clawed back into it. Lesego Molebatsi's basket, and one, tied the game at 61-61 with 52 seconds left.
Biola's Kevin Cook launched a 3-pointer with 11 ticks left. It was long but Spencer Foster tipped the rebound to Guerrero for the winning shot.
"I'm real happy to get the win," said Biola's Dave Holmquist. "I think Clark (Sheehy) is doing a great job as a first year coach. They made tough for us to score."
Sheehy offered a different view. "That was a killer. How many have we lost by three or four points? We didn't get stops in the second half. We let them get into a rhythm. We can't do that. We have more work to do."
Guerrero led the Eagles (16-9, 8-7) with 19 points, 16 coming in the second half, and 15 from long range. Brandon Warner added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Rudy Lopez led FPU with 14 points. Molebatsi and Josh Urbiztondo each scored 12 points and Jordan Beshore added 10.
The Sunbirds, who saw their record drop below .500 for the first time all season (11-12, 4-11) will be in Costa Mesa Thursday evening to face Vanguard.
The Sunbirds return to the Special Events Center on Saturday to host The Master's College Mustangs. Tip-off time is 4:30 p.m.
Biola: 16-9, 8-7
Sunbirds: 11-12, 4-11
Tonight's contest is the 75th in a series that dates back to December 12, 1964. The Eagles now hold a 55-20 advantage, including an 20-4 mark in GSAC play.
Thursday, February 16 (7:30) - The Sunbirds will travel to Costa Mesa to face the Lions of Vanguard University of Southern California.
Next Home Game
Saturday, February 18 (4:30) - The Sunbirds will host The Master's College Mustangs.
Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year more than 2,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 12,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. The only four-year Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top quarter among Western universities master's category by U.S. News & World Report.