Red Hawks split two-game series with Walla Walla

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University men’s basketball team hosted a two-game series the Walla Walla University Wolves on Monday, Dec. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Red Hawks lost72-71in the first game but came back and won the second game 71-66.

On Monday, Simpson started the game with a quick three-pointer by Anthony Williams. After a 9-0 run by the Wolves, the Red Hawks found themselves down 18-9 before closing the gap. With two 3-pointers from Jonnie Washburn, the Red Hawks went into the half down 38-37.

In the second half, the Red Hawks continued to use the momentum from the first half and gained the lead. Maintaining the lead for the majority of the second half, Simpson found themselves up 12 (59-47) with six minutes left in the game. Due to numerous foul calls, Ian Corella, Gabriel Valencia and Marc Kirkland all fouled out within a two minute span as the Wolves gained momentum and closed the gap.

With 12 seconds to play, the Wolves tied the game at 71. With a turnover by Dalton Thacker, the Red Hawks were forced to foul and Walla Walla was able to make one of the two free throws. With seven seconds left and the ball, the Red Hawks pushed the ball up the court. Thacker wove through the Wolves’ defense and attempted a lay-up up that he was unable to finish. Simpson lost 72-71.

The Red Hawks were led offensively by Williams’ 18 points. Thacker had 17 points and four steals, and Corella finished with 13 points.

In game two of the series, the Red Hawks started the first half strong. Walla Walla led by six before the Red Hawks gained the lead and went into the half up 34-26.

In the second half, Simpson continued to hit shots on offense and get stops on defense, gaining 20-point lead. In the last five minutes, the Wolves continued to fight and found themselves down by single digits. They were unable to overcome the large point deficit, and the Red Hawks finished with a 71-66 victory.

Simpson was led by Shaquille Jones’ 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Thacker finished with 14 points and six rebounds, and Williams finished with 13 points.

The Red Hawks will prepare for their next game at UC Davis University on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m.


Story by Nichole Jones

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