Warriors Set Three-Point Record in Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 13th, 2016

 

Cory Blau

Cory Blau
Photo by Brad Elliott

Led by Cory Blau with 24 points, five Warriors scored in double figures as #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (3-0) recorded a 106-84 victory over Embry-Riddle of Arizona (2-5) on Saturday at The Master’s Classic in Santa Clarita. Blau made eight of 11 field goal attempts including six of eight from three-point range.

In the process, Westmont set a new team record of 17 made three-pointers, going 17 of 34 from beyond the arc.

Sean McDonnell added 18 points to the Warriors’ point total and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds. Jerry Karczewski went four for seven from downtown on his way to 15 points and four assists. Sean Harman added 11 points while Max Hudgins tallied 10.

Embry-Riddle started off the game with a three-point bucket by Logan Skurdal and then jumped out to an early 10-5 lead on a jumper by Joseph Jewell. Westmont responded with a 10-0 run powered by five points by Blau (a three-pointer and a two-point jumper), a field goal by McDonnell and a trey by Karczewski.

The Eagles answered with eight-straight points on a jumper by Jewell and a pair of three-point buckets by Gilbert Ibarra to take an 18-15 lead with 14:01 remaining in the first half. Westmont struck back with a three-point shot by Hayden Anderson plus an “and-one” play by Karczewski to put Westmont up 21-18.

The Eagles closed to within one with a jumper by Trace Edmier, but it was the closest Embry-Riddle would get the rest of the game. A layup by McDonnell was the beginning of a 22-4 run that gave Westmont a 43-24 advantage with seven minutes remaining in the opening frame. At halftime, Westmont claimed a 55-39 advantage.

At the start of the second half, Embry-Riddle hit a couple of three-pointers by Jaran Hoover and Skurdal to draw within 11 points (56-45). However, Westmont swung momentum back in its favor with an 11-2 run that included a three-pointer by Karczewski and two more by Blau. Westmont led by no less than 15 points the rest of the way and by as much as 27.

Westmont’s next stop on the 2016-17 campaign is Thursday in Los Angeles where the Warriors will take on the Tigers of Occidental. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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