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Sean Harman scored 19 points making six of seven field goals including a perfect four for four from beyond the arc to lead #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (6-1) to an 87-69 win over the Bobcats of UC Merced (1-7).
The Warriors fell behind by nine points (33-21) with under six minutes to play in the first half, but closed out the opening frame on an 18-5 run to take a one-point lead (39-38) into the locker room at halftime. Harman scored seven of the Warriors’ points during the run on a pair of free throws, a layup and a three-pointer.
The Warriors took the lead (37-36) on a layup by Sam Bentz (11 points) with 25 seconds remaining before intermission. However, with five second to go, Cole Taira snatched the lead back for the Bobcats with a couple of free throws. An attempted layup by Stefan Inouye (4 points) rolled off the rim but Gage Shelmidine was there to tip the ball back in just before time expired, giving the Warriors the lead for good.
When play resumed, Westmont used an 11-2 run to put some distance between themselves and the Bobcats. Olisa Nwachie (7 points, 6 rebounds) opened the final half with a layup. Sean McDonnell (8 points, 6 rebounds) hit a free throw before Jerry Karczewski (8 points) landed a shot from long distance. Harman capped the run with another three, giving the Warriors an advantage they would not relinquish.
Despite a double-double from Olisa Nwachie, #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season. The Warriors fell 72-66 to Southern Oregon (5-2) in the first game of the Bud Presley Classic at Menlo College.
Cory Blau led the Warriors in scoring with 16 point while Jerry Karczewski added another 15 to the Warrior cause. Nwachie tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Raiders scored the first five points of the game on a three-pointer by Jordan Hunt (20 points) and a layup by Tristen Holmes (14 points). However, that 5-0 advantage proved to be the largest lead by either team in the first half of play.
Westmont answered back with a three by Blau and a jumper by Nwachie to knot the game up at five. Down 11-10 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the opening frame, Stefan Inouye (5 points) drained a long-range bucket and followed that up with a layup to give Westmont what would prove to be its largest lead of the game at 15-11.
A 10-2 run by Southern Oregon put the Raiders up 21-17. Westmont responded with a three-pointer by Karczewski and a layup by Blau to briefly take a 22-21 advantage. Ben Desaulnier (15 points) struck from beyond the arc to restore the lead to the Raiders before Blau answered in kind to make the score 25-24 with 7:56 remaining on the first-half clock.
Sam Bentz tallied 21 points to lead Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-0) to an 81-72 win over the Eagles of Concordia (1-4) on Tuesday night. Bentz went five of 11 from the floor, including two buckets from beyond the arc, and made all nine of his attempts from the charity stripe. The junior forward also tallied a team-high four assists.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Eagles and was the first victory in CU Arena since January of 2012.
Also scoring in double-figures for the Warriors were Cory Blau (16 points) and Sean Harman (14 points). Sean McDonnell (seven points) led the team in rebounding with seven while Hayden Anderson (nine points) pulled down six boards.
The score remained close throughout the contest with neither team achieving a double-digit advantage. Concordia took its largest lead with 8:20 remaining in the first half when Brian Chambers (20 points) drained a three-point shot to put the Eagles up 22-17. Westmont responded with a 7-0 run consisting of a pair of free throws by Harman, a layup by Bentz and a three-pointer by Blau.
By halftime, the lead had changed hands six times and the score had been tied another six times. At the buzzer, Westmont held a slim 41-38.
Westmont notched a six-point advantage at the start of the second half when Blau converted an ‘and-one’ play to put the Warriors on top 44-38. The Eagles would stay within striking distance throughout the final frame and three-times pulled to within one point. However, Westmont rebuffed each surge and never relinquished the lead.
Hayden Anderson and Jerry Karczewski each scored 14 points to help #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (4-0) defeated the Tigers of Occidental 82-69 on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Cory Blau and Sam Bentz added another 13 points while Sean Harman and Cory Blau contributed 12 points apiece.
The Warriors shot 61.2 percent from the floor (30 of 49), including 64.3 percent from three-point range (9 of 14). Perhaps more importantly, the Warriors held the Tigers to a 48.1 field goal percentage (26 of 54) and just 20.0 percent from beyond the arc (2 of 10).
“We did a really nice job defending their top scorers who combined 36 points in their last outing,” noted head coach John Moore. “We held them to just 17 points. Jay Miller scored 24 in their first game and we held him to five.”
After Miller started the scoring with a jumper, the Warriors scored the next 10 points to take a lead they would never relinquish. Blau scored first for the Warriors before Harmon laid the ball in the bucket off of a steal. A second-chance layup by McDonnell made it 6-2 before Moore pulled out all five starters and inserted a new line-up.
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.
Sean McDonnell put up 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (2-0) to a 95-72 win over Benedictine of Arizona (3-2).
A 19-8 run in the first half gave the Warriors an 11-point lead (26-15) eight and one-half minutes into the game. However, Bendictine turned the tables with a 12-0 run that gave the Redhawks their only lead of the game (27-26). The rest of the half remained close, resulting in a 44-41 halftime score.
Up 46-44 in the second half, McDonnell scored on a layup and converted a free throw to spark a 12-2 run. McDonnell scored the next four points of the run with two more free throws and a layup. Sam Bentz added a free throw before Cory Blau completed the run with a jumper and two free throws.
Benedictine responded with a dunk by Gus Leon and a three-pointer by Troy Conley to cut the Warrior advantage to 58-51. However, that proved to be just a momentary resurgence. Westmont rolled out a 13-1 run to take control of the game and turn the scoreboard to 71-52. Five different Warriors scored during the run, including Sean Harmon who tallied five points on a three-pointer and a jumper.
Westmont Men’s Basketball (1-0), ranked at number 12 in the NAIA, hosted News Release in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. This is the third time in as many years that the Warriors have welcomed News Release to Murchison Gymnasium. Westmont prevailed 97-80.
News Release is a composed of post-collegiate basketball players who seek to utilize the sport of Basketball to fulfill a Christian mission throughout the world.
Sean McDonnell led the way for the Warriors offensively with 22 points and also collected seven rebounds. Sean Harman added 16 points while Sam Bentz notched 14 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Also scoring in double figures were Olisa Nwachie (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Jerry Karczewski (10 points).
The first 13 minutes of the game was closely contested with neither team taking more than a five-point lead. With Westmont trailing 21-20 and six and one-half minutes remaining in the opening frame, The Warriors went on an 11-0 run.