ORANGE — Chapman opened its men's basketball season with an 85-36 rout of Pacific Christian Friday in the first round of the Chapman Doubletree Classic.
The Panthers took leads of 9-0, 17-1 and 27-3 and were never threatened by Pacific Christian, which didn't score its first field goal until almost seven minutes into the game.
Although Pacific Christian, which lost to Chapman, 102-40, last season, was less than a test for the Panthers, Coach Bob Boyd said he was satisfied that his team maintained its concentration and defensive intensity.
Chapman will play Southern California College, an 81-69 winner over UC Davis, in the championship at 8 tonight.
From the outset--a dunk by Rog Middleton after the opening tip--it was apparent that Pacific Christian (2-3) was badly overmatched.
Middleton, the Panthers' leading scorer the past two seasons, played less than half the game and scored 17 points.
With Middleton out, the rest of the Panthers got a chance to fire it up. Alan Schlines scored 11 points, Mike Vaughn had seven and each of the 10 Panthers who played scored.