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November 30, 2002
Gary Pine
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AZUSA, Calif. – Junior sharp-shooter Ryan Dillon scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to lead the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific to an easy 93-70 victory over Dominican College of Orangeburg, N.Y. in the final game of the 16th Annual Cougar Classic.

Dillon rained threes from all over the Cougars’ half of the court, draining all 5 of his attempts with his fifth giving Azusa Pacific a 39-14 lead with 6:24 left in the first half and in essence sealing Dominican’s fate. While Dillon took care of the Cougars’ perimeter effort, senior forward Ladrick Simon tended to the inside game, nailing his first 9 shots of the game on his way to a 20-point evening. Combined with last night’s 24-point effort, Simon registered his first-ever back-to-back 20-point games.

Azusa Pacific’s offense clicked all night, with 23 of the Cougars’ 30 field goals coming off assists. Jeff Staniland, who dropped in 17 points, led the way with 4 assists. Freshman Lance Soderberg, who had 8 points and 6 rebounds, also had 4 assists, all coming off Dillon treys.

The Cougars shot an impressive 52% from the floor, led by Simon’s 9-for-10 clip and Dillon’s 7-for-8 pace. Azusa Pacific led 52-26 at halftime and maintained at least a 22-point cushion throughout the second half, leading by 28 (81-53) with 8:32 remaining in the game.

Dominican was paced by Andrew Marsh’s 16 points.

With the victory, Azusa Pacific improves to 5-1 on the season while Dominican falls to 1-3.