By Tim Peterson
(Glendora) – Azusa Pacific started fast and finished even faster in a 95-68 rout of Holy Names Saturday night at Felix Event Center.
The Cougars led by 17 at the half after holding Holy Names to just 19 points in the first half and then exploded for 59 points in the second half to pull away.
McKelary Robertson and Ken West both came up huge from three-point land as they each hit five from beyond the arc. Robertson knocked down three consecutive threes in the first half to help to establish the big lead while West hit four his five in the second half.
Azusa Pacific jumped out to a 14-4 lead as George Reidy and Justin Hemsley each knocked down threes.
Reidy had seven early points and West also had a bucket. Robertson then heated up and hit the three straight threes. He led the Cougs in the first half with 12 points and Reidy had nine.
Holy Names cut the lead to 19-11 with 7:43 left in the half but Robertson and West then shredded the nets from downtown to open up a 17-point lead.
Roman Behrens led Holy Names with five points as the Hawks tried to stay alive.
Holy Names opened the second half with a 5-0 run to slice the lead to 12 and later went on another 5-0 run to get within 43-34 as Edward Gray hit a corner three.
Robertson hit another trey for the Cougars and Rico Hopping buried one from downtown as the Cougars responded.
Hemsley threw down a put back jam that had the crowd rocking and West then hit back to back threes to put Azusa Pacific up 71-54 with 5:39 left.
APU went on an 8-0 run to go up 82-59 with 2:18 left as Nate Kleppe and Reidy knocked down threes to ice it and the Cougars cruised the rest of the way. Azusa Pacific never trailed in the game.
The Law Firm of Reidy, West and Robertson combined for 58 points. Reidy had 20 as he went 9 of 13 from the field with Roberston and West each tossing in 19. Hopping had nine off the bench and Kleppe added seven.
For Holy Names Behrens led the way with 20 and Damiri Lindo had 11.
Azusa Pacific improved to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the PacWest Conference.
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