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Westminster Edges Out Westmont for Byron Crown

December 30th, 2012

The Griffins of Westminster (Utah) put together a late comeback to edge out the Warriors of Westmont 78-71 in the championship game of the 37th Annual Tom Byron Classic.

Westmont (10-3) led the entire first half and the first 15 minutes of the second half, but could not hold off a 15-0 run that gave Westminster (12-1) a 65-63 lead with 3:53 left in regulation.

“Westminster is a very good team and we played like a very good team for the majority of the game,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “But we lost (track of) shooters and turned the ball over late in the game. The last five minutes we played a little bit out of sorts.

“Offensively and defensively, we looked deflated when they started coming back. To become a great team, we have to find a way to see through those moments and have the identical consistency throughout the game. We were stuck on 63 (points) for a while with a bit of a glazed look in our eyes.”

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Griffins, Stars Victorious in GSAC Challenge

December 30th, 2012

The fifth-ranked Griffins of Westminster (Utah) shutdown Westmont’s offense in the final women’s basketball game of the GSAC Challenge to claim a 62-29 win. The Warriors scored just eight points in the first half.

After layup by junior forward Kelsie Sampson (10 points, 6 rebounds) tied the game at two, the Warriors missed their next 16 field goal attempts. Westminster used the Warrior drought to produce a 16-0 run.

Up by 16 at halftime (24-8), Westminster opened the second half with a 10-0 run and never looked back. Westmont shot just 11.5 percent from the floor (3 of 26), while Westminster connected on one-half of their attempts (25 of 50).

Westminster was led in scoring by junior forward Kelsi Wells with 22 points and six rebounds. Senior forward Cydney Tibbitts added 15 points and eight rebounds.

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Westmont, Westminster Advance to Tom Byron Final

December 29th, 2012

The first day of the 37th Annual Tom Byron Classic saw #5 Westmont (10-2) and #7 Westminster (Utah) capture wins to advance to tomorrow’s championships game. Westminster (11-1) posted a 73-70 win over Saint Xavier (Ill.) in the early game. Westmont earned a berth in the Byron championship game for the thirty-third time with an 87-56 win over William Jessup (1-12).

Tomorrow, Westminster will be looking to avenge an 88-81 loss to the Warriors on November 10 in Salt Lake City. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Saint Xavier (11-4) and William Jessup will meet up in the consolation game beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Westminster’s Tallon Robertson recorded 24 points and seven rebounds to help the Griffins edge out the Cougars of Saint Xavier. Saint Xavier’s Brad Karp matched Robterson’s point total and had eight rebounds.

The Cougars led for the majority of the game, though neither team enjoyed more than an eight point advantage at any point. With the scored tied a 63 and 2:45 remaining in regulation, Robertson scored on a jumper to give the Griffins a two-point advantage.

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Stars Shine in GSAC Challenge

December 28th, 2012

The Oklahoma City Stars (7-2), the reigning NAIA Women’s Basketball national champion, showed off their talent on Friday night in the GSAC Challenge hosted by Westmont (8-2). The eighth-ranked Stars defeated the fourth-ranked Warriors 80-48.

Senior center Katie Hall led the Stars with 15 points, making seven of 13 from the field. NAIA All-American Lauren Gober notched 14 points and pulled down six rebounds. Desiree Jeffries added another 12 points and five rebounds.

Westmont was led by WBCA NAIA Player of the Year Tugce Canitez who scored 10 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Due to foul trouble, Canitez saw just 23 minutes of play, including only six minutes in the second half.

Three and one-half minutes into the game, the Warriors held a 7-2 lead thanks to a three pointer by Esther Lee (8 points) and two field goals by Canitez. However, the Stars scored the next 12 points as part of a 30-4 run that put the game out of reach.

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Cougars Defeat Warriors

December 19th, 2012

Fifth-ranked Westmont Men’s Basketball suffered its second loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to the Cougars of #15 Cal State San Marcos (10-4) by a score of 66-52. The Warriors struggled from three-point range, making just one of sixteen attempts.

Up 19-18 with 6:25 to play in the first half, San Marcos went on a 13-4 run over the next five minutes to achieve its first double-digit lead (32-22). A traditional three-point play by junior forward C.J. Miller cut the halftime score to 32-25.

The Cougars stretched their advantage to 12 points (44-32) with 13:51 remaining in the second half, but the Warriors battled back to pull within four points (51-47) when Jordan Sachs scored on a layup with 7:42 to play. However, San Marcos closed out the game on a 15-5 run.

Westmont was led in scoring by Miller and sophomore center Daniel Carlin who each scored 11 points and collected four rebounds. Jason Ritchie tallied seven points while Preston Branson contributed six points, five steals and three rebounds.

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Warriors Down Brown

December 19th, 2012

Westmont Men’s Basketball (9-1) shot 73.9 percent from the field in the second half (17 of 23) to defeat John Brown of Arkansas (11-2) on Tuesday night at the Cal State San Marcos Holiday Classic by a score of 77-68.

“It felt like a good NAIA Tournament type game,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “Both teams executed well. It was a nice win for the Warriors.”

Senior guard Preston Branson was scoreless until the final two and one-half minutes of the first half, then produced eight points in the rest of the opening frame. He added 18 in the second half to lead the #5 Warriors in scoring with 26 points. He made 11 of 18 from the floor, including three of four from three-point range.

Senior forward Cooper Damron made nine for eleven field goal attempts, scoring 20 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Junior forward C.J. Miller added 15 points and six rebounds.

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Canitez Rewrites Record Book

December 15th, 2012

Senior forward Tugce Canitez added two more Westmont records to her resume as the fourth-ranked Warriors (8-1) posted a 71-60 win over William Jessup (5-7). Canitez established a new single game scoring record of 43 points and a new mark for free throws made in a single game at 16. With 13 rebounds, Canitez notched her fourth double-double of the season.

The Warriors fell behind 15-7 early in the first half before an 11-0 run gave Westmont an 18-15 advantage. The final eight points of the run were scored by Canitez and marked the beginning of her 14-straight Warrior points.

With 6:10 remaining in the first half, Westmont was up 24-10 with Canitez having scored 18 of the Warriors points. At halftime, Canitez had put up 20 points and the Warriors possessed a 32-25 lead.

With 14:26 to play, the Warriors took their first double-digit lead (43-33) on a layup by Canitez. Westmont kept its double-digit margin until William Jessup’s Ashley Rose laid the ball in the net with 7:59 remaining to make the score 53-45.

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Warriors Post Fifth Straight Win

December 15th, 2012

Twenty-two points from senior guard Preston Branson helped #5 Westmont Men’s Basketball (8-1) overcome a feisty Bethesda (1-12) team and earn a 69-59 victory on Friday night at Murchison Gymnasium. Branson also added four points and four assists.

The Warriors struggled early in the first half. After a layup by Branson opened the scoring, the Warriors misfired on their next six attempts.

“We pressed well early and got lots of steals,” noted Westmont head coach John Moore, “but we missed layups out of those steals and so we got a little tentative even on our press. Since they only had six guys, our game plan was to press them. In the second half, our press and fast break is what made the difference.”

Moore was clearly disappointed in his team’s level of play.

“It was a game that looked like we were still in finals week,” quipped Moore, referring to the final examinations which concluded early in the day. “As I told our guys, I thought we had the best final weeks practice in the 20 years of my having been head coach here at Westmont. Usually, the way you play in practice is how you play in the game. But this week was not an indicator.

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