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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - GSAC Game #18
Final -
#3 Azusa Pacific 90, FPU 65

Box score

Azusa - The 3rd-ranked Azusa Pacific University Cougars, smarting from consecutive loses, took their frustrations out on the visiting Sunbirds in the first 20 minutes tonight.

The Cougars, who lost to Point Loma Nazarene at home on Thursday (76-55) and to San Diego Christian in El Cajon on Saturday (69-68), roared out to a 24-0 start and led by 38 (54-16) at the break.

The Sunbirds got untracked in the second half and out-scored the hosts 49-36, but it wasn't enough as APU posted a 90-65 win.

"We really ran into it tonight," said FPU head coach Clark Sheehy. "We laid and egg in the first 10 minutes- we didn't respond to that opening run. But I'm real proud of the way we came back in the second half. Our guys worked their tails off and got back into it."

Demario Butler led the Cougars (24-5, 15-4) with 16 points. Josh Reisman scored 13 points while Scott Zea and Brice Prather each added 12 points.

Rudy Lopez led the Sunbirds (13-13, 6-12) with 16 points. Lesego Molebatsi notched another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Urbiztondo chipped in with 10 points.

The Sunbirds have two games remaining. Both are crucial for a team that finds itself in ninth spot after tonight's action.

FPU returns to the Special Events Center on Saturday to host San Diego Christian in their final regular season home game. Tip-off time is 4:30 p.m. FPU wraps up the regular season on Monday, February 27, in Fullerton against Hope International.

The GSAC's top eight teams advance to the postseason tournament. The regular season and postseason tournament champions both receive an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship, March 15-21 in Kansas City.

Updated Records
Sunbirds: 13-13, 6-12
#3 Azusa Pacific: 24-5, 15-4

Updated Series
Tonight's contest was the 77th in a series that dates back to February 11, 1966. The Cougars now hold a 62-15 advantage, including a 32-7 edge in GSAC games. The Cougars have won the last 30th consecutive contests. FPU's last win was in the old Cougar Dome on February 11, 1992.

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

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.


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
California Baptist *
CSU Monterey Bay
Holy Names
Westmont *
Biola *
The Master's *
San Diego Chr *
Concordia *
Pt Loma Naz *
Vanguard *
Azusa Pacific *
Hope International *
* GSAC contest

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