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Saturday, February 18, 2006 - GSAC Game #17
Final -
Sunbirds 86, The Master's 72

Box score

Fresno - Josh Urbiztondo and Lesego Molebatsi combined for 51 points to lead the Sunbirds to an 86-72 Golden State Athletic Conference win over The Master's College Mustangs in the Special Events Center today.

Molebatsi's 27 points and 12 rebounds led the way, but Urbiztondo wasn't far behind with 24 points.

The Sunbirds built a 10-point lead (39-29) late in the first half, but the Mustangs finished with an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to make it a two-point game at the break (39-37).

FPU broke it open in the first 10 minutes of the second half with a 26-11 run. They got 12 of those points from Molebatsi, 10 form Urbiztondo and four more from Rudy Lopez. That pushed the score to 64-48 and the Sunbirds were on cruise control.

FPU led by as many as 24 points (74-50 with 7:39 to play) and were not seriously threatened.

"We needed that ," said FPU head coach Clark Sheehy. "Our guys worked hard at both ends of the court. We attacked the basket and played some good team defense. I am real pleased."

Moustafa El Zanaty added 13 points for the Sunbirds who improve to 13-12 overall and 6-11 in GSAC. Perez finished with nine points.

Giovanni St. Amant and Isaiah Kottke led the Mustangs (11-15, 6-11) with 19 points each.

FPU is now tied with The Mustangs and California Baptist, a 69-66 loser to Concordia tonight, for the eighth and final playoff berth.

The Sunbirds will be in Azusa on Tuesday to face third-ranked and GSAC-leading Azusa Pacific (23-5, 14-4).

The Sunbirds will host San Diego Christian (19-7, 13-5) next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in their final home game of the season. They wrap up the regular season in Fullerton against Hope International (0-22, 0-16) on Monday, February 27.

Updated Records
The Master's: 11-15, 6-11
Fresno Pacific: 13-12, 6-11

Series
Today's contest was the 72nd meeting of the two teams. The Sunbirds now hold a 42-30 advantage. FPU pulled out an 87-85 win over the Mustangs in Santa Clarita on January 17, 2006.

Next Game
Tuesday, February 21 (7:30) - The Sunbirds will be in Azusa to face the Azusa Pacific University Cougars.

Final Regular Season Home Game
Saturday, February 25 (4:30) - The Sunbirds will host San Diego Christian in the final home game of the regular season.

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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.

Opponent - Score - Record
Westminster T
Westminster T
Idaho State
Fresno State
DOMINICAN
GOLDEN STATE BAP
Dominican
NORTRE DAME
California Baptist *
CONCORDIA *
LIFE PACIFIC
CSU Monterey Bay
Holy Names
Westmont *
PT LOMA NAZ *
Biola *
VANGUARD *
The Master's *
AZUSA PACIFIC *
San Diego Chr *
HOPE INTER *
Concordia *
CAL BAPTIST *
WESTMONT *
Pt Loma Naz *
BIOLA *
Vanguard *
THE MASTER'S *
Azusa Pacific *
SAN DIEGO CHR *
Hope International *
* GSAC contest

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