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Blau, Inouye Honored

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 25th, 2016
Cory Blau (left) and Stefan Inouye

Westmont’s Corry Blau and Stefan Inouye have been honored with NAIA postseason awards. Blau, a 6-3 junior guard from Laguna Niguel was named NAIA Men’s Basketball All-American (second team). Inouye, a 5-10 junior guard from Torrance, was declared and NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Blau finished the season third in the NAIA in three-point field goal percentage at 48.3 (71 of 147) and was the Warriors’ leading scorer this season at 16.8 points per game. From the field, Blau averaged 50.6 percent (173 of 342).

In his three years at Westmont, Blau has accumulated 1139 points, which ranks him at 27th on the all-time scoring list.

Inouye, who saw action in 17 games for the Warriors this season, is a Kinesiology major at Westmont with a GPA of 3.83. Inouye was also honored as the Westmont Men’s Basketball Champions of Character representative.

Warriors Eliminated on Buzzer Beater

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 16th, 2016
Olisa Nwachie

The Westmont Men’s Basketball season came to an end today in the first round of the NAIA National Championship. The 25th ranked Warriors lost on a buzzer beater to the Tornadoes of #6 Talladega (25-6).

“This one stings – it stings in a different way from last year,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We came back this year with a strong intent and desire to win a national championship. The team knew they were capable and came to prove that last year was not a fluke. I think we proved that today. Talladega is one of the top teams in the nation.”

More than two minutes into the game, neither team had scored. Jamarquis Jones made the first basket to put the Tornadoes up 2-0. Westmont’s Sean McDonnell finally got the Warriors on the scoreboard with 16:09 to play in the opening frame, tying the score at two points each.

The next nine points belonged to Talladega, resulting in a score of 11-2 with 13:41 remaining. A field goal by Cory Blau, however, and back-to-back threes by Hayden Anderson and Sean Harman sparked a 16-0 Warrior run that saw the Tornadoes go scoreless for six and one-half innings. The run also included a field goal by Olisa Nwachie, a free throw by Blau, a jumper by Bentz and another three by Anderson.

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Warriors to Dance with Tornadoes

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 9th, 2016
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Westmont Men’s Basketball (21-10), ranked at number 25 in the NAIA in the final coaches’ poll, has received an at-large invitation to the 79th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.

This is Westmont’s 18th trip to the national tournament where the Warriors have compiled a record of 20-17. Last season, Westmont reached the championship game by defeating then top-seeded Hope International in the semifinals by a score of 70-69.

Westmont is one of five teams from the Golden State Athletic Conference who will compete in the championship tournament. Third-ranked Biola, #8 Hope International, #16 Arizona Christian and William Jessup also punched their tickets to Kansas City.

The Warriors open first round play on Wednesday, March 16 against the #6 Talladega (Ala.) Tornadoes (24-5). Tip-off is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. CDT/8:45 a.m. PDT. Westmont and Talladega have never played before.

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Westmont Nearly Upsets #3 Biola

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 6th, 2016
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Westmont Men’s Basketball (21-10) took top-seeded and third ranked Biola (28-3) to overtime before falling to the Eagles 75-66 in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship.

“I thought we played a great tournament and we played to win,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We had a very good defensive tournament. Both second halves, when the game is on the line, we played as a hardnosed, smart, unselfish team.”

The loss means that the Warriors will have to wait until Wednesday, March 9 to learn if they will receive an at-large invitation to the 79th Annual NAIA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship in Kansas City.

Based on results in NAIA conference tournaments to date and an examination of the most recent ratings, the Westmont Sports Information Office expects such an invitation to be forthcoming. The final ratings, however, which will be used to determine the at-large qualifiers, will not be announced until March 9.

In Saturday’s semifinal game, Biola jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first four minutes of play. However, a three-pointer by Cory Blau sparked a 14-2 Warrior run to put Westmont ahead. The first half was characterized by back-and-forth runs. Biola rallied with a 20-4 run to go up 30-18, but Westmont roared back with a 9-0 run to pull within three points (30-27) with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

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Warriors’ Defense Spurs Comeback

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 5th, 2016
Hayden Anderson(Photo by Kaci Mexico)

Westmont Men’s Basketball (21-9) overcame a seven-point deficit at the half (37-30) to upset #15 Arizona Christian (22-8) in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Championship. The Warriors’ defense was tenacious in the second half as Westmont outscored the Firestorm 44-28.

Westmont advances to the semifinals tomorrow night where it will match up with top-seeded and third ranked Biola (27-3).

“I loved how tough we were,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “Sometimes it is about how hardnosed you are. That usually shows up on the defensive end and I thought we defended in the second half as well as we have in a long, long time.

“Arizona Christian is so good offensively,” continued the coach. “Our goal was to hold them under 75 points. Even though we were disappointed at half time that we didn’t have the lead, we knew that we were on the right pace. The last time they nearly scored 100 point against us.”

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Blau Named to All-GSAC Team

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 2nd, 2016
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For the second year in a row, Westmont’s Cory Blau has been named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team presented by Under Armour. The junior guard from Laguna Niguel leads the Warriors in scoring at 17.0 points per game. Against conference opponents, Blau has averaged 17.2 points per game.

Over 44 percent of Blau’s 442 points this season have come from beyond the arc. He has posted a .504 three-point field goal percentage (65 of 129), which ranks second in the Warriors’ single-season record book, and third in NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball this year. Blau currently holds the Westmont career record for three-point field goal percentage at .469 (157 of 335).

With 1,112 points, Blau ranks 27th in career scoring at Westmont and is on pace to challenge for the career scoring record of 1,679 points held by John Crew (1950-54).

Westmont (20-9, 9-7 GSAC) is headed into the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend as the number five seed. The Warriors will match up with fourth-seeded and 15th ranked Arizona Christian (22-7, 10-6).

Karczewski’s Three Propels Westmont to Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 26th, 2016
Jerry Karczewski(Photo by Brad Elliott)

A three-point bucket by Jerry Karczewski in the waning seconds of Thursday’s game resulted in a 65-63 Golden State Athletic Conference victory by #24 Westmont (20-8, 9-6 GSAC) over #22 William Jessup (18-9, 10-6). The win moves the Warriors into a tie for fourth place with #15 Arizona Christian (21-7, 9-6).

With the scored tied at 62, Karczewski’s shot came as the shot clock, which was four seconds ahead of the game clock, neared the two second mark.

William Jessup quickly brought the ball up court and Darius Clement attempted a shot but was fouled by Sean McDonnell, sending Clement to the line to shoot two free throws with 0.4 seconds left on the clock. Clement made the first, but missed the second. The clock expired before either team gained possession of the rebound.

McDonnell led Westmont in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19 points and seven boards. Cory Blau added 18 points.

With 12:23 remaining in the game, Clement scored on a layup to give Jessup a 46-36 advantage. Three minutes later, Westmont had tied the score at 48 courtesy of a 12-2 run. A layup by Britton Williams kicked off the run, followed by a three-pointer by Blau. McDonnell then provided back-to-back layups before Sam Bentz tied the game with a long-range bucket from beyond the arc.

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McDonnell’s Double-Double Spurs Warriors’ Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 22nd, 2016
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A double-double by Sean McDonnell led #23 Westmont Men’s Basketball (19-8, 8-6 GSAC) to a 96-76 Golden State Athletic Conference win over San Diego Christian (10-14, 3-11) an Saturday night. McDonnell tallied 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting and recorded 11 rebounds, six of which were from the offensive glass.

Westmont’s Cory Blau added another 17 points and six rebounds for the Warriors while Olisa Nwachie contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.

Westmont took its first lead of the game (11-8) on a three-pointer by Blau with just under 16 minutes remaining in the first half. A couple of free throws by Nwachie made the score 13-8 before the Hawk’s Mark Eden hit a three and a couple of free throws by Trevor English (24 points) tied the score at 13-all.

Nwachie and Blau responded with back-to-back layups, but an old-fashioned three-point play by English pulled San Diego Christian back to within one (17-16).

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