Holy Names too strong for Red Hawks
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University men’s basketball team (6-17, 2-6 Cal-Pac) hoped that home court advantage would provide the needed edge to upset the second place Holy Names University Hawks (9-18, 7-2 Cal-Pac) on Thursday night. Ben Clyde, Johnas Street and David Scott combined for 47 points for Holy Names, disappointing the Red Hawks pursuit of victory, winning 70-55.
The Red Hawks led for the first six minutes of the game, with forced turnovers and nice outside shooting by Justin Chapel and Josh Sidener. Holy Names combated those efforts with size and defensive intensity, also forcing several turnovers. Holy Names went into halftime up by 12, 38-26.
The second half saw HNU extend their lead, as Ben Clyde and Johnas Street combined for five three’s. Simpson had a hard time contending with the Hawks’ physical defense as only two Red Hawks (Pat Magno and Justin Sparks) scored in double digits. Holy Names’ Ben Clyde finished with 18, on a 7-for-12 shooting performance. HNU shot 45 percent from the field and forced 23 Simpson turnovers on the night. Simpson’s leading scorer was once again Sparks, who gathered 12 in the loss. Simpson only shot 35 percent from the field and 23 percent from beyond the arc. It was a disappointing loss for the Red Hawks considering their previous match up with Holy Names resulted in only a four point loss.
The Red Hawks visit CSU Maritime in Vallejo, Calif., this Saturday. Men’s tip-off will be at 4 p.m. Live video and audio cast will be available via the Internet from the Simpson University web site: http://http://simpsonu.edu/livebball.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.