The No. 4-ranked Carroll College men's basketball team started off its California road trip red hot as four Saints scored in double figures during an 85-55 rout of Bethesda University on Tuesday at the Bill Reynolds Holiday Classic, keeping Carroll unbeaten on the season.
“The fellas grappled and whipped around the apple, making some nice sauce,” coach Carson Cunningham said.
A game after finishing a rebound short of a triple-double, Ryan Imhoff filled up the stat sheet again. He led the Saints (10-0) with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
“The Chemist’s passing game was kinetic,” Cunningham said.
Joining him in double figures were Matt Wyman with 16, Dane Warp with 14 and Match Burnham with 11.
Carroll built a 15-point lead at halftime and doubled it by the end of the game. The Saints outscored Bethesda (4-10) 52-28 in the paint, and translated 22 turnovers into 28 points. Carroll finished with 20 assists as a team. Lorel Johnson, Burnham and Alex Santos all dropped three dimes.
“Lorel played another fantastic game at the point,” Cunningham said. “Santos was feeding folks. Really, it was great to see everyone moving the ball. It’s fun to coach guys who share like that.”
The Saints shot 53 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. Bethesda finished the game with a 45-percent mark from the field and 27 percent from the 3-point line.
“Bethesda was knocking down tough shots early but the Fighting Saints stuck with it. Opening the second half strong helped matters, too. Big one ahead.”
The Saints played Bethesda on a neutral site at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. On Wednesday, the Saints get the hosts.
Carroll faces Vanguard (9-3) in a true road game at 7 p.m. Wednesday.