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Justin Haynes scored 11 of his 19 points in the first half, as Azusa Pacific raced to a 20-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 96-58 win over Calgary.

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Published
December 28, 2011
By
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Senior guard Justin Haynes scored 11 of his game- and season-high 19 points in the first half, as Azusa Pacific raced to a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to a 96-58 win over University of Calgary Wednesday night.

Haynes, who also tied for the game-high in assists with five and added six rebounds and a game-high four steals, hit nine-of-13 shots from the field to lead Azusa Pacific, which featured four double-digit scorers and three others with at least seven points. Junior forward Tyler Monroe recorded his third double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 18 minutes of action, and junior guard B.J. Porter hit four three-pointers off the bench in a 14-point effort.

Senior forward Anthony Johnson added 13 points and seven rebounds, while Marshall Johnson and Christian Katuala scored eight points each as Azusa Pacific’s bench scored 44 points, equaling the scoring total of Calgary’s starting five, which was led by Tyler Fidler’s 17 points on six-of-19 shooting from the field.

“We dictated the tempo of the game with our defense,” Cougar head coach Justin Leslie said. “We didn’t allow them to get a level of comfort outside of a stretch in the first half, and that’s something that needs to be a constant for us going forward.”

Haynes scored 11 points in the opening half, opening the game's scoring with a three-pointer from the top of the circle that kicked off a 26-4 game-opening run. Haynes scored seven points during the run, which spanned the first eight-plus minutes of the game.

The Cougars led by 27 points at one point in the first half (36-9) and a Haynes layup with six minutes left put Azusa Pacific in front, 40-14. Calgary went on a 13-2 run to pull within 15 points at 42-27 with 2:27 remaining, but the Cougars pushed the lead back over 20 points to take a 52-32 halftime lead.

“We started the game out defending really well, and we never let them get comfortable with their shots,” Leslie said. “I’ve said all along that we score out of our defense, so when our defense is playing well we score so much easier.”

The second half started out just like the first half, with Azusa Pacific again limiting Calgary to just four points for a six-minute stretch to start the period. The 14-4 run pushed the lead to 30 points, 66-36, and the Cougars’ depth kicked in midway through the second half with a 17-3 run that resulted in the largest lead of the game, a 91-47 advantage with 5:47 to play.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 10-2, while Calgary drops the first game of a three-game Southern California swing to fall to 7-9 overall. The Cougars host University of Victoria on Friday night, its fourth consecutive contest against a school from the Canada West Conference.