The Pacific Union College Men's Pioneer basketball team lost 83-92 to the Dominican College Penguins on Sunday night, Jan. 12, at PUC's Pacific Auditorium.
The Pioneers got off to a slow 0-5 start, and never took the lead during the game. Pioneer head coach Mike Hellie called a timeout with PUC trailing 10-16.
The Pioneers tied the Penguins at 26-26, but PUC could not gain control and called another timeout at 29-35.
Pioneer junior forward Rob Adams came back with a slam dunk just before half time, with Dominican leading 50-45.
The Pioneers kept the game close in the second half, starting with a three point play by freshman forward Bryan Patterson. Adams came back again with another dunk, and junior guard Brett Graves' three-pointer tied the score again at 58-58.
The Penguins came back with a nine-point streak, forcing PUC to take a timeout at 60-69.
The Penguins held on to the lead at 85-80 with 1:35 minutes remaining in the game. Although Pioneers held the crowd's attention throughout the game, the seconds ticked away and the final score was in favor of Dominican College 92-83.
The Pioneers were led by Brett Graves with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Junior center Bryan Banfield followed with 20 points.