Men’s Basketball Notes – Simpson on the road for Cal Pac play
Simpson University Sports News
THIS WEEK: The Simpson University men's basketball team (6-16) is playing on the road this week against Cal Pac opponents Pacific Union College (2-14, Cal Pac 0-3) on Thursday, Jan. 24 and No. 23 CSU Maritime on Saturday, Jan. 26. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.
LAST WEEK: The Red Hawks went 1-1 last week, falling to William Jessup 77-62 and then defeating La Sierra University 78-38. Guy Varsek led the Red Hawks in scoring with 12 points and eight rebounds in loss to William Jessup. Varsek also led the Red Hawks in scoring with 21 points shooting 8-of-11 from the field in win over La Sierra.
ABOUT PACIFIC UNION: Last week, the Pioneers lost to Menlo College (75-67) and to La Sierra (63-55). Will Bell leads Pacific Union in scoring (10.8), assists (1.6), and steals (1.0). Ben Vincent leads the team in rebounding (5.33). The Pioneers are ranked No. 39 in NAIA in total rebounds per game (38.5), No. 40 in three-point defense (32 percent) and No. 46 in offensive rebounds per game (11.9). Pacific Union is also ranked No. 47 in defensive rebounds (26.5) and No. 49 in defensive field goal percentage (42 percent).
ABOUT CSU MARITIME: The Keelhaulers are ranked No. 23 in the nation with a 16-4 overall record. Last week, Maritime went 1-1, defeating Menlo College (58-51) and losing to UC Merced (71-70). Howie Manzo leads the team in scoring (10.6). Anothony Simi leads the team in rebounding (4.56), and Jaquai Wiley leads the team in assists (2.45) and steals (1.65). The Keelhaulers are ranked No. 9 in the nation in total defensive rebounds (30.7) and in defensive field goal percentage (39 percent).
THE NUMBERS: The Red Hawks rank No. 22 in defensive field goal percentage (40 percent). They are also ranked No. 25 in the nation in three-point field goal defense (31 percent), No. 36 in defensive rebounds per game (26.9), No. 37 in total assists (305), and No. 38 in total offensive rebounds (822). Varsek is ranked No. 22 in total 3-pointers made (53), No. 39 in 3-pointers made per game (2.40), and No. 50 in total scoring (340). Sophomore forward Ian Corella is ranked No. 37 in the nation in field goal percentage (53 percent).
LOOKING AHEAD: Simpson men’s basketball team will host William Jessup University on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Written by Derrick Pringle, Jr.
Photo by Carol Thacker
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.