Men’s Basketball


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Season 2006–07
July 26, 2007
California's winningest basketball program over the past 15 years, Azusa Pacific will visit famed Pauley Pavilion to take on UCLA in an exhibition contest Nov. 2. The Cougars' first-ever meeting with UCLA highlights a 32-game schedule.
June 21, 2007
Head Coach Justin Leslie has completed his first recruiting class as Cougar mentor, signing 8 players who have committed to play basketball at Azusa Pacific for the 2007-8 season.
April 12, 2007
The time has come for Justin Leslie to be a head coach. The former Cougar player and then assistant coach has been named the new men's basketball head coach for Azusa Pacific, taking over a program that he has played a large part in establishing as one of the finest in the nation.
April 10, 2007
After 39 seasons as a head coach, including the final 16 at Azusa Pacific, Bill Odell has called it a career as a basketball coach. Odell has announced that he is resigning as the Azusa Pacific men's basketball coach but will continue to serve as the university's director of athletics.
March 21, 2007
Senior guard Demario Butler has been named to the 2007 NAIA All-American team, earning third-team recognition after guiding the Cougars back to the NAIA Elite Eight for the third straight year.
March 17, 2007
Though down by 16 with 16 minutes to play, the NAIA's No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City was not about to bow out of the NAIA Tournament. Instead, the Stars out-scored Azusa Pacific by 32 points and advance to the national semis with an 84-68 victory.
March 16, 2007
With the season on the line, Khalif Ford scored Azusa Pacific's final 5 points to lead the Cougars to a 91-88 upset of No. 7-seed Park in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament in Kansas City.
March 14, 2007
Like Steve McQueen, Azusa Pacific engineeed a great escape, rallying from 13 down to beat LSU-Shreveport in the final minute for a 61-56 victory in the first-round of the NAIA Championship Tournament.
March 7, 2007
Azusa Pacific and head coach Bill Odell are making a 12th straight trip to the NAIA Men's Basketball Championship Tournament in search of the national championship trophy in Kansas City.
March 6, 2007
Azusa Pacific vindicated itself for a season of frustration by sweeping 3 NAIA Tourney-bound teams to win the GSAC Postseason Tournament crown, highlighted by tonight's 80-72 victory over the NAIA's No. 5-ranked Concordia.
March 3, 2007
Demario Butler is playing great basketball, and when Scott Zea is shooting like he did tonight, Azusa Pacific is hard to beat. Butler and Zea combined for 49 points to lead Azusa Pacific to a 101-90 victory over San Diego Christian in the semifinal of the GSAC Tournament.
March 1, 2007
Senior wings Tristan King and Demario Butler combined for 43 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the NAIA's No. 15-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 102-90 victory over Westmont in the opening round of the GSAC Postseason Tournament.
February 27, 2007
Seniors Demario Butler, Scott Zea and Tristan King were named to the 2007 All-Golden State Athletic Conference team for their play. The trio led Azusa Pacific to a 24-6 regular-season record.
February 27, 2007
The Azusa Pacific-Biola game is never an easy affair, and even when it seems like it might be -- like tonight when Azusa Pacific led by 25 -- it wasn't. Todd Martin made 2 free throws with 5.6 seconds left to lift Azusa Pacific to a 71-69 victory.
February 23, 2007
Mark Roussin's 3-pointer and 2 free throws sandwiched around a key steal all in the final 72 seconds of the game lifted the NAIA's No. 22-ranked Cal Baptist to a 73-70 upset of No. 13 Azusa Pacific.
February 20, 2007
Demario Butler got mad. Then he got even, taking out his frustation on The Master's by scoring 9 points in the final 5 minutes to lead the NAIA's No. 13-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 79-71 victory over The Master's.
February 17, 2007
When they concentrate, the Azusa Pacific Cougars are as good as anyone in the nation. When they don’t, nearly anyone in the nation can beat them. Tonight, they were focused for 31 minutes and it paid off in an 84-68 victory over Vanguard
February 14, 2007
Scott Zea drained a 3-point with 11 seconds left in overtime to give Azusa Pacific a 1-point lead and the NAIA's No. 9-ranked Cougars held on for a 77-74 victory at Fresno Pacific.
February 8, 2007
The NAIA's No. 14-ranked San Diego Christian used a 15-3 run down the stretch to overtake No. 9 Azusa Pacific and post a critical 95-85 Golden State Athletic Conference win.
February 6, 2007
Freshman Mike Danielian has scored 58 points in the past 2 games, including a career-high 31 tonight to lead the NAIA's No. 12-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 104-75 victory over Hope International.
February 3, 2007
The NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Concordia battled back from 20 down and then fought off a sure defeat in the closing seconds of regulation to rally for a 111-105 double overtime victory over No. 12 Azusa Pacific.
January 30, 2007
Azusa Pacific made it a point to get Westmont's Santiago Aguirre in quick foul trouble and out of the game. The plan worked and the result was much more satisfying this time as the Cougars' avenged their first loss of the season with a 78-67 victory over Westmont.
January 26, 2007
Azusa Pacific had a point to prove -- that it really was a very a good team -- and the Cougars drove it home with an emphatic 103-66 victory over Point Loma Nazarene.
January 23, 2007
That stink surrounding Azusa Pacific basketball last week? It's gone. Washed away in an amazing comeback capped by 2 Demario Butler free throws with 5.1 seconds left to give No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific an improbable 71-70 victory over arch-rival Biola.
January 20, 2007
There's a stink in the air, and it's a funk surrounding Azusa Pacific basketball. The Cougars dropped their second straight to an unranked team, falling hard at home to Cal Baptist, 96-85.
January 16, 2007
Azusa Pacific relied on a dramatic script one time too many, falling into a deep hole on the same night that it experienced its worst shooting of the season. As a result, the Cougars fell at The Master's 79-70.
January 13, 2007
Azusa Pacific took advantage of a depleted Vanguard frontline, scoring 40 points in just 12 minutes to rally from 13 down and beat the Lions, 93-77, for the Cougars' 12th straight victory.
January 11, 2007
Scott Zea scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and all 5 Cougar starters scored in double-figures as the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific rallied for 100-90 GSAC victory at Point Loma Nazarene.
January 9, 2007
Senior forward Tristan King made it a point to be more assertive on offense tonight, and as a result he tallied more points, 18 to be exact to lead the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 90-58 GSAC victory over Fresno Pacific.
January 4, 2007
Freshman guard Mike Danielian scored a season-high 24 points on the strength of 6 3-point baskets to lead the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a convincing 87-67 victory over No. 15 San Diego Christian.
January 2, 2007
Azusa Pacific maded 8 of its first 11 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, to race out to a 23-7 lead less than 7 minutes into the game and cruised in for a 90-60 GSAC victory at Hope International.
December 29, 2006
For the second straight night, Demario Butler and Tristin King combined for over 40 points to lead the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific to a 94-79 victory over Saint Francis of Indiana.
December 28, 2006
In a game that was more difficult than expected, the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific couldn't put away a pesky Houghton team until the final 10 minutes of the game, posting a 99-80 victory.
December 18, 2006
Scott Zea capped a 15-5 second-half opening run with a 3-pointer and the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific ran away from Montana State-Northern for an 85-65 victory in Miami Shores, Fla.
December 16, 2006
The NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific used a stifling defensive effort as its knockout punch, limiting NCAA Div. III Adrian (Mich.) to a combined 19 points in the first 12 minutes of both halves in an 82-66 victory Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the 7th Annual Cruzin Classic in Miami Shores, Fla.
December 8, 2006
In 3 previous trips to California, perennial NAIA power Mountain State of West Virginia had never lost in 6 games at Azusa Pacific’s Felix Event Center. Until tonight. The NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific dumped No. 4 Mountain State, 97-79 in a clash of national powers.
December 7, 2006
Chidi Ajufo led an inspired set of Cougar reserves with 4 thunderous dunks, including 2 rafter-rattlers, to lead Azusa Pacific to a 111-52 victory over Life Pacific.
December 2, 2006
A most unsuspecting player came up with a most improbable perfomance when junior guard Matt Oliver came off the bench to score a career-high 22 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 67 seconds left to proprel Azusa Pacific to a 94-85 GSAC victory over Concordia.
November 28, 2006
Azusa Pacific rallied from 10 down in the final 6 minutes to tie the game with 1:53 to play, but Luke Allen made 6 straight points to lead unranked Westmont to a 79-72 upset of the Cougars in Santa Barbara.
November 13, 2006
After 2 high-scoring, large-margin victories, the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Azusa Pacific had to downshift its speed against a disciplined Westminster, but it was no problem for the Cougars who posted a 69-55 victory.
November 11, 2006
For the second time in as many nights, Azusa Pacific blasted from the gate and opened a 20-point lead in less than 6 minutes of play to post a 90-78 victory over Rocky Mountain Colllege.
November 10, 2006
Azusa Pacific's lightning-like quickness wreaked havoc and produced thunderous dunks as the NAIA's No. 3-ranked Cougars jumped to a 29-5 lead and cruised to a season-opening 89-59 win over South Dakota Mines.
November 2, 2006
Azusa Pacific is loaded with an electrifying set of players this year, and as a result there is a renewed electricity surrounding the program. Athleticism, skill and depth are all in abundant proportions for a team that expects to improve on last year's 30-6 season.
August 23, 2006
NAIA power Azusa Pacific added a ford to its fleet, signing NCAA Division I transfer Khalif Ford, a standout point guard from Diamond Bar High via Illinois State.