The Irvine Valley men's basketball team started the Monterey bay Classic on Thursday with a 78-70 victory over Santa Rosa.
The Lasers actually trailed, 40-37, at the end of the first half, but played a strong final 20 minutes to earn the win.
Sophomore forward Joe Eberhard led the way with 26 points. He scored 15 of those points in the first half. Freshman guard Kalob Hatcher added 14 points - all in the second half. Sophomore guard Marcus Walters and sophomore forward Travis Fulton each finished with 10 points for the Lasers, who improved their record to 5-2 overall.
IVC, which improved its record to 5-2 overall, moved on to play Hartnell on Friday night in the second round of the tournament.