Red Hawks upset Menlo
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - In what can only be described as one of the biggest wins in Simpson University men’s basketball history, Simpson University came back from 17 down in the first half to defeat the fourth place Menlo College Oaks 74-73 on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Heritage Student Life Center.
In the first half, Simpson had no answer for Menlo’s Julian Harris, who knocked down four three-point field goals in the first half. Menlo shot a combined 57 percent from the field in the first half. Simpson was down by 17 at the close of the first half.
Simpson went into the second half with a renewed attitude; their goal was to simply play better defense and get better shots on offense. The Red Hawks began to chip away at the Oaks lead until, 25 seconds to go after an Oak turnover and down only one point, the Red Hawks set up their final offensive play of the game.
The inbound came to Jason Stubbs who held the ball at the top of the key until the clock had wound down to 12 seconds. Dwight Bond set a high pick and roll for Stubbs who immediately drove to the right wing. With two Oaks defenders closing in on him as he slashed into the middle, Stubbs threw up an eight-foot floater with seven seconds left in the game. The crowd erupted as the ball fell threw through the net. Simpson held on defensively for the final possession and as the final buzzer sounded the home crowd rushed the floor, celebrating the victory with their Red Hawks.
Simpson was led offensively by Justin Sparks who scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Andrew Schritter went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc adding to his already season high total for three’s. Both celebrated their last home game in an SU uniform as Simpson graduated five seniors.
Simpson will go into the playoffs as the sixth seed traveling to Oakland, Calif., to face third seed Holy Names University on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Tip-off set for 7:30 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.