Simpson loses nail bitter to Southwestern
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Ore. - Simpson University men's basketball team basketball lost a nail bitter against Southwestern College on the final day of the NCCAA West Regional Classic. The Red Hawks lost 78-76.
Southwestern took an early 10-2 lead at the beginning of the first half. Simpson went a 14-5 run midway through the first half to be up 17-. Both teams battled the rest half. The teams were tied at 37 at halftime.
In the second half, Simpson took a quick three-point lead (43-40). Then Southwestern's John Irvine scored on lay-up and Houston Friend hit a three-point shot to put the Eagles up by two (45-43). Once again both teams battled back and fourth with eight lead changes the largest being seven by the Eagles.
With the score being 77-72 in Southwestern's favor, the Red Hawks went on a 4-0 run to bring the game within one (77-76). Simpson's Calvin Smith had a chance to tie the game, but he missed a free throw. This forced Simpson to foul and put Southwestern's Daniel Stanton on the line. Stanton made his first free throw but missed the second one. Senior Justin Chapel grabbed the rebound and pushed the ball up the court with eight seconds left. With three seconds on the clock, Chapel passed to senior Pat Magno who stepped up and took a three point-shot at the buzzer. He hit the back of the rim and Southwestern picked up the 78-76 win.
Staton and Irvine were the Eagles' leaders. Staton had 24 points and eight rebounds. Irvine had a double-double consisting of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Friend scored 11 points.
The Red Hawks return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 21 in Eugene, Ore., against Northwest Christian University. Tip-off set for 6 p.m.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.