PALM DESERT, Calif. -- A pair of 3-point baskets in the final 3 minutes lifted Cal State San Bernardino to a 74-70 victory over Azusa Pacific Thursday night in game played on the campus of the College of Desert.
Reggie Brown’s 3-pointer with 3:19 left to play followed by Lawrence Tyson’s 3-ball with 31 seconds remaining, including 1 second on the shot clock, were the daggers in the Cougars’ collective back in a hotly contested game that featured 7 lead changes and 6 ties.
The Coyotes drained a whopping 13 treys in just 24 attempts on the night, including 3 crucial bombs in the final 5 minutes. With Azusa Pacific holding to a 66-61 advantage, Tyson and Brown connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Coyotes a 67-66 lead. Then with CSUSB still up by 1 at 69-68, Tyson buried his fourth trey of the second half, 5 feet beyond the arc and with a hand in his face, to essentially clinch the victory.
“It was great game,” said Cougar coach Justin Leslie. “Both teams played very well and with a lot of energy. They hit 2 big 3s toward the end and we just didn’t have enough time to dig out of that hole.”
Dominique Johnson scored all of his game-high 23 points in the second half to pace Azusa Pacific. Contrary, Kimarley Williams scored all 15 of his points in the first half, including 3 off a 3-pointer that gave Azusa Pacific a 30-27 lead at halftime.
Tyson tallied 20 points for the Coyotes while Tim Denson chipped in with 17.
With the loss Azusa Pacific falls to 1-2. The Cougars will play their home season-opener Tuesday (Nov. 18) against Grand Canyon University in the Felix Event Center at 7:30 p.m.