“It was a great college basketball game,” said Warrior head coach John Moore after #16 Westmont Men’s Basketball (17-6, 6-4 GSAC0 loss to #8 Hope International (20-4, 8-2) by a score of 61-60 in Saturday night’s Golden State Athletic Conference game at Murchison Gymnasium. “It just ended two points shy for the Warriors.”
Each of the last three games played between these two teams have been decided by two points or less. In last year’s NAIA National Championships semifinal match-up, Cory Blau hit a jumper with 10 seconds remaining to give Westmont a 70-69 win. In December, Hope International’s Dominique Lanier scored on a jumper in the paint with six seconds remaining to give the Royals a 66-64. Tonight’s game saw a potential buzzer beater bounce off the rim to preserve the narrow victory for Hope International.
“I really liked our defense in the second half,” reflected Moore. “Any time you hold a team to 18 points in the second half after giving up 43 in the first half, you are doing something right. We fought the way you want your team to fight.
“Sean Harman did a lot of things defensively. Some of them show up in the box score and some of them don’t. He was impressive. Cory rebounded well for us on the defensive boards. OlIsa played well in the first half and did some really nice things.”