Cal Lutheran put a scare into interim Coach Larry Lopez by squandering a 15-point second-half lead, but recovered in time to beat West Coast Christian, 104-94, Tuesday night at Cal Lutheran.
The Kingsmen, who made it a habit to fold when confronted with similar situations in the past, combined the clever back-court work of point guard Steve deLaveaga with some aggressive inside play to open its season with a victory.
DeLaveaga, a sophomore who led the Kingsmen in scoring last year with a 13.5 average, scored 22 of his game-high 33 points in the second half.
DeLaveaga wasn't without his share of help from teammates. Lionel Boyce, a 6-4 forward, came off the bench to score 15 of his 19 points in the second half.