Red Hawks lose in final seconds to conference rival

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University men's basketball team hosted conference rival William Jessup University on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Warriors and Red Hawks battled it out in a close game, with the Warriors holding on to a three-point 61-58 win.

The Red Hawks started the game out as good as they could have hoped, leading 14-2 in the early going. The Red Hawk lead grew to as many as 17 points with nine minutes remaining in the first half. The Warriors then started to climb back into the game and tied the game with less than a minute to play in the half. The Red Hawks ended the half with a 28-26 lead. The Red Hawks shot 50 percent (13-of-26) in the half. The Warriors struggled in the half, only hitting 27.3 percent (9-of-33) and 0 percent (0-of-9) from the three-point line.

In the second half, the Warriors gained control of the game and led by eight points late in the half. The Red Hawks then made a final push to try and steal the win in the end. A chance came to Marc Kirkland. He got a steal in the last three seconds of the game and his three-point attempt, which would have sent the game into overtime, was off-line and the Warriors held on for the victory. The Red Hawks turned the ball over 17 times compared to seven turnovers for the Warriors.

Keenan Prince led the way for the Warriors with 26 points. Jordan Wilson added 12 points.

Dalton Thacker led the Red Hawks with 19 points and five assists. Guy Varsek added 12 points in the loss.

Up next for the Red Hawks will be a home game on Thursday, Feb. 7, against CSU Maritime at 7:30 p.m.


Written by Dan Anderson

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