Warriors Score 98 in “Finals” Game

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 18th, 2015

 

Britton Williams(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Britton Williams
(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Despite a half dozen Warriors finishing off a week of final examinations just 30 minutes before tip-off, #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball posted a 98-87 win over Pacific Union 4-3 on Friday afternoon in Murchison Gymnasium.

All 14 available players took the floor and five scored in double figures. Sean McDonnell led the way in both scoring (16 points) and rebounding (7 points). Sean Harman tallied 14 points while Kyle Gordon contributed 13. Samuel Bentz notched 12 point and four boards and Hayden Anderson added 10 points and six boards.

Westmont shot 68 percent from the floor in the first half (17 of 25) but did not take the lead until Jerry Karczewski (5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) fed a pass to McDonnell in the paint, who put the Warriors up 21-20 with 10:41 to play. The lead seesawed back and forth over the next three minutes. Down 28-27 with 7:38 to play, McDonnell tipped in a missed shot that sparked a 15-0 Warrior run. At halftime, Westmont enjoyed a 50-39 advantage.

“Sean McDonnell didn’t get to start because he was just getting back from finals before the game started,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “He did a really nice job scoring for us in the first half. Brit Williams (8 points, 8 assists) led us well throughout the game.

“Sean Harman was an unsung hero defensively and in terms of his selection of shots. He played a fantastic game. Kyle has always played well against these guys, scoring his career high 19 against them last year. He had almost a perfect day, four for four from the floor, three for three from three, two for two from the free throw line. Before he got hurt, Hayden Anderson did a really nice job.”

Anderson suffered a laceration to his chin seven minutes into the second half and did not return.

Over the first 10 minutes of the second half, Westmont turned that 11 point margin into a 31 point lead (84-53). The Pioneers, however, recouped every one of those 20 points to return the gap to 11 at the final horn.

“I thought the first 10 minutes of the second half, we played exceptionally well,” said Moore. “Then, we subbed a little bit and there was a little bit of a letdown. Defensively, I thought we got lackadaisical. I thought we gambled on defense and did some things that were uncharacteristic of whom we want to be.

“I don’t recall a team that I have had giving up 21 offensive rebounds. The great majority of those were in the second half. We get to come back tomorrow and play with a little more discipline, contain the ball and block out and take a few more charges.

“With that said, here is a coach complaining when his team shoots 68 percent in the first half and 60 percent for the game. I thought we did a nice job sharing the ball, which shows in our 23 assists.”

Tomorrow, Westmont will host the Eagles of Northwest Indian (Wash.) at 7:30 p.m. before taking off for Christmas break. Following some family time, the Warriors will host the 40th Annual Tom Byron Classic on December 29 and 30.

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