Cougars’ bench was too much to handle in 87-38 victory

Azusa Pacific never looked troubled on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Notre Dame de Namur as they took the lead early in the first half and never looked back. An offensive onslaught combined with suffocating defense propelled the Cougars to a 87-38 victory over the Argonauts.

After giving up two free throws, Senior guard Will Ferris’s three pointer gave Azusa Pacific the only lead the team needed on Saturday. The Argonauts kept the game close until about midway through the first half, but Azusa Pacific was firing on all cylinders. The Cougars forced missed shots on the defensive end while converting their chances on offense. They blew the game open with about seven minutes left in the first half, taking a commanding 20 point lead into the break.

Although the Cougars led 47-27 at half time, complacency never set in, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Azusa Pacific allowed only 11 points in the second half and held the Argonauts to just 27.3 percent shooting. On offense, the scoring came in bunches off the bench for the Cougars. Ben Taufahema, Terrence Becvar, Jake Spurgeon and Tyson Kanseyo all contributed double-digit points as the Cougars’ bench piled on 55 points.

The Cougars were led by Becvar on offense, as he was a perfect 5-5 from three point range and finished with 15 points. Taufahema and Gerritt Beetstra each had 12 points while Will Ferris and Jake Spurgeon finished with 11 points. Tyson Kanseyo posted a double-double, ending the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cougars will begin a five-game road trip on Wednesday, Dec. 5 when they travel to Concordia. They will then make the trip to Point Loma on Saturday, Dec. 8 before their first Cornerstone Cup matchup with Biola on Saturday, Dec. 15.