By Jordan Wyatt:
Fans at Murchison Gymnasium Tuesday evening witnessed an extremely hard-nosed hoops contest as Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-2) took on the Stags of NCAA Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4-3). For the second time on the young season (assistant coach Jeff Azain on November 11), the Warriors bestowed the best birthday present a team member could ask for – a victory.
The game exhibited the aggressiveness, stingy defense, and physical exertion one would normally observe in a boxing ring. Overall, the evening featured eight ties and 13 lead changes. By the end of the night, Westmont had certainly earned their mascot’s name, as the “Warriors” defeated the Stags by a score of 46-45.
“We played very good defense the last ten minutes of the first half, as well as throughout the second (half). We just couldn’t score,” Westmont head coach John Moore half-jokingly said. “It was like a prize fight out there. (CMS) was incredibly physical with us. This was a tremendous home win for us against a team that is going to be incredibly good this year.”