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Calendar & Results

  • Tuesday, March 10

    • Men's Basketball
      • GSAC Tournament Finals
        Location & Time TBD
        If victorious 3/7

  • Friday, March 13

    • Baseball
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 3 pm
    • Track & Field
      • Oxy Distance Carnival, 4 pm

  • Saturday, March 14

    • Baseball
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr.
        Doubleheader, 12 pm

On to the Next

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 6th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It has been said that to “create something exceptional, your mindset must be focused on the smallest details.” It is safe to say that since day one of this season, the Westmont men’s basketball team has been focused on being great. Despite the original low conference standing, despite the critics and despite the limits that have seemingly been put on this team, the men have never wavered. You will not hear a Westmont player talk about how “young they are” or about how “good other teams” are in the conference- because to them, that doesn’t matter. They are focused on the small details that make them Warriors.

Small detail #1: This is a team that is relentless.

Tonight, in the GSAC Tournament First Round, the Warriors showed just how relentless they are. The men took the court in The Murch one last time and defeated The Master’s Mustangs 89-75. From tip off to final buzzer, the Warriors were locked in on defense and firing on all cylinders offensively. They knew the game plan, and they executed it well.

“I have said it many times tonight, but Britton Williams started the game for us and played tenacious defense'” opened head coach John Moore. “He set the standard and we were able to maintain it for most of the game.” The junior guard was quick on his feet and was continually getting the ball to the open shooters. He finished with four points, six assists and four steals.

“The smallest guy on the floor (Williams) and the tallest guy on the floor (Carlin) were very valuable to us this evening,” exclaimed Moore. “Tonight was the last night for Daniel Carlin in a Warrior uniform at home. For him to play as special of a game as he did was very rewarding for him and for the team.”


Men’s GSAC Tournament Begins Tonight

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 5th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Tonight, #21 Westmont men’s basketball team (20-9) will tip off against The Master’s College (10-17) as they begin the GSAC Tournament First Round at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Murchison Gymnasium.

The Master’s College was one of the first conference teams that Westmont took on this season. Back in December, the Warriors defeated the Mustangs in an electrifying 87-71 home court victory. The men were nothing but consistent during this game. Cory Blau notched 14 points in the first half, and matched it with 14 in the second. Daniel Carlin earned one of his early season double-doubles with 19 points and eleven rebounds. Karczewski and Harman each contributed to the win with 12 and ten points respectively. This game was different than most for The Masters College since three of their five starters were on the bench- including lead scorer and rebounder Russell Byrd. The Mustang’s men certainly rallied in the absence of the starters, with two players (Dyer and Jenkins) reaching double digit points. But ultimately, the Warrior men walked away with the victory.

The second meeting of the season was on the road in Santa Clarita, Calif. in front of a sold out crowd of cheering Mustang fans. These kind of games are difficult, but have proven to be the most fun. With a motto of “silence the crowd” the Warriors went to work against a gym full of opponents. The Westmont men came hot out of the gate and took a quick 27-8 lead. But in the final minutes of the first half, the Master’s players were able to put an additional 21 points up on the board, giving the Warriors a slim 35-29 lead going into halftime. Like many games this season, the second half proved to be the better half for Westmont. With a defense that was locked in and three point shooters who were on fire, they were able to hold on to their lead for the entire final 20 minutes of the game and ended with an 81-68 victory.

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Carlin and Blau Named to All-GSAC Team

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 3rd, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was announced this afternoon that Westmont’s Daniel Carlin and Cory Blau have each earned a spot on the All-GSAC team for their performances so far in the 2014-15 season.

Daniel Carlin has been the rock of this team since the beginning of the season. The senior center has started in all 29 of the men’s match-ups, averaging 25.7 minutes per game. He is currently 156 for 252 from the field, giving him an average of 13.3 points per game. He ranks amongst the top ten scorers in the Golden State Athletic Conference and at 61.9 percent, he holds the third best field goal percent in the GSAC. Defensively, Carlin is a powerhouse in the paint. The 6’9” 245 pound Aussie has pulled down a team high of 213 total rebounds and blocked 78 shots so far this season.

Welcome to “Murch” Madness

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 1st, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) In front of a packed house of friends, family and alumni the Westmont men’s basketball team pulled out a last minute 64-60 overtime win against Biola University.

After the nice words were said, awards were handed out and seniors were recognized, the men took the court with determination in their eyes. They hit the ground running, but seemingly could not hit a shot. The men went 8-23 from the field in the first half –only making one three point shot. While the Warriors got off to a slow start, with only a score of 21-19 at the half, they pushed hard in the final twenty minutes only to send the game into an overtime win.

“It is an emotional night,” opened head coach John Moore. “You have your challenges with a night like this because of everything that is going on. Biola did a very nice job of playing the type of defense that they needed to. Our guys weathered the storm and did a good job of taking the lead at halftime.”

Coming into the second half, the men seemed to rally and put some points on the board. They started to work the ball down to senior Daniel Carlin who was up against some of the biggest defenders the Warriors have seen yet this season. That being said, the Aussie notched another double-double of the season with a team high of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

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Defeated, but Not Losing Hope

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 25th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Tonight, the #20 Westmont men’s basketball team (19-9,11-4 GSAC) dropped a tough game against #4 Hope International University (25-2, 13-2 GSAC) in Murchison Gymnasium. It was one of those games where the cards were stacked against them, yet everyone was hoping for the best upset of the season. Unfortunately, when push came to shove, the Royals played the better hand and came out with the 75-62 victory.

“It really came down to the experience that Hope has,” explained head coach John Moore. “We have not had many games this season where we looked inexperienced or seemed like a team that was a little out of sorts. But tonight, they got to us.” The Warriors came out with fire in their eyes as they took the court tonight. In the first half alone, there were nine times when the score was tied and seven lead changes. Westmont was putting up a much deserved fight, but once Hope got on a roll, there was no looking back.

Hope’s defensive pressure seemingly sent the Warriors into overdrive, so they were unable to slow down and gain control of their play. Westmont went 19-57 from the field tonight (4-23 from the three point line). While they were making some hustle plays, the natural rhythm and flow of their game was off. “Jeff Azain made a good point after the game when he said ‘It looked like our men had the weight of the world on your shoulders tonight.’ This game is supposed to be fun, but tonight it was tough,” reflected Moore.


2-0 on the Road

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 22nd, 2015

By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) Westmont’s men’s basketball team (19-8, 11-3 GSAC) finished their longest road trip of the season with a 78-64 win against San Diego Christian (5-18, 0-15 GSAC) this evening. Earlier this week, the Warriors took down #11 Arizona Christian, so tonight’s win will cap off the second win of a very successful travel series.

Over the last four days, the Warriors have traveled roughly 809 miles (thanks Google Maps) on a bus, to play two very important conference games. They began with an upset against Arizona on Thursday night and finished with a solid, confidence boosting game against San Diego Christian this evening. With only two games left in regular season conference play, every point, every repetition and every win matters. Thankfully, the men’s team has proven their ability to play well on the road and walked away with an undefeated record this weekend.

After a bit of a rough start this evening against the Hawks, the Warriors managed to work their way into the fifth tie score of the game and head into halftime with 37-37 on the scoreboard. From the moment the Warriors stepped onto the court in the second half, they played like a different team. The men were able to regain their footing and dominate for the final 20 minutes on the clock.

As the time wound down, the Warriors only got better. The men posted an impressive 66.7 field goal percentage in the final twenty, sinking 16 of their 24 total shots. Their locked in defense pulled down a grand total of 36 rebounds and held the Hawks to a 40 percent shooting average for the game. “That was a good win for the Warriors tonight,” remarked head coach John Moore. “Shooting 66 percent from the field in the second half certainly doesn’t hurt, and playing good defense with that kind of offense on the road makes for a good combination.”


Warriors Extinguish the Firestorm

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 20th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) It was a night of firsts this evening as the #25 Westmont men’s basketball team (18-8, 10-3 GSAC) took the court by storm tonight against #11 Arizona Christian (21-7, 10-4 GSAC).

With the 72-66 victory, the Warriors handed the Firestorm their first home loss of the 2014-15 season. Up until this point, Arizona Christian has gone 13-0 on their home court. But tonight’s upset victory brought their perfect record to a screeching, yet glorious, halt.

Earlier this season, the Warriors had an outstanding performance and an upset win against the Firestorm in Murchison Gymnasium, and tonight they did it again. Despite the long travel, despite the loud gym, despite the differential in their national rankings, Westmont stepped onto the court and went to work this evening. They played not only like a team, but as a well-rounded unit that fully trusted and believed in each other. With four players scoring in double-digit points, it was a total and complete team win.

Since tonight was the first game that the Warriors have played outside of California, it was the first time this season that Hayden Anderson got to play in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. It honestly would be hard to think of a better game for the junior guard to have in front of his home crowd. Anderson not only scored a team high of 16 points, but posted impressive numbers. He shot 50 percent from outside the arc (2-4) and 100 percent from the free throw line (8-8), giving him some of the best statistics on the team.


Defending the Warrior Name

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 15th, 2015
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By: Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif) The Westmont men’s basketball team (17-8, 9-3 GSAC) had a very important win against William Jessup (12-15, 3-11 GSAC) tonight in Murchison Gymnasium. As conference play begins to wind down, every single win matters and tonight the men took care of business on the court with a 78-63 victory against the opposing Warriors.

“Defense ruled the night,” opened head coach John Moore, “We did a really good job against Chris Murry who scored nine three-pointers in their last game against The Masters. He did not make one tonight and that is highly attributed to our defense.”

The Westmont Warriors were locked in and loaded on defense this evening, holding the William Jessup Warriors to a 36.1 overall field goal percentage. “Nate Marsing, Hayden Anderson and Britton Williams all did a really nice job executing the game plan tonight. Our defense was is exactly what we needed it to be,” continued John Moore.


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