Perfect at home, Panthers now eyeing wins mark

Sean Vreeburg
Sean Vreeburg

ORANGE, Calif. - A big second half propelled the Chapman University men's basketball team to a 78-62 victory over visiting West Coast Baptist College on Tuesday night at the Hutton Sports Center. The Panthers opened the half with a 19-3 run and shot over 57 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes to pull away and finish the regular season a perfect 6-0 at home.

On ‘Senior Night' it was senior G Sean Vreeburg who seized the spotlight, scoring a career-high 18 points, including matching a career-best five three-pointers to lead Chapman (21-3). Sophomore F Justin Riley matched Vreeburg with 18 points of his own, including 8 of 9 shooting, and earned his seventh double-double of the year with 15 boards.

The Panthers led 22-6 after 10 minutes of play, but the Eagles chipped away at that lead and eventually erased it, tying the game 33-33 at halftime. Chapman pulled away in the second half, thanks in part to junior C Jared Kaiser, who scored all eight of his points in the half.

For West Coast Baptist, guard Tommy Thorogood scored a game-high 25 points and added five steals.

The win was Chapman's seventh consecutive and 18th in its past 19 games. On Thursday, the Panthers travel to Vanguard and will try to earn their 22nd victory of the year for the first time since the 1983-84 season. It would also set a school record since the program moved to Division III in 1994.