Men’s Basketball Notes – Simpson faces conference rival and La Sierra
Simpson University Sports News
THIS WEEK: The Simpson University men's basketball team (5-15, 1-1 Cal Pac) faces conference rival William Jessup University (3-14, 2-0 Cal Pac) on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Rocklin, Calif., at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 20, they host future Cal Pac member La Sierra University (3-17) at 4 p.m.
LAST WEEK: The Red Hawks went 1-1 in the first week of conference play, defeating Menlo College 102-95 in double overtime and losing 66-63 to UC Merced.
ABOUT WILLIAM JESSUP: William Jessup enters Thursday’s contest with a 2-0 Cal Pac record. They defeated UC Merced (81-50) and Menlo (76-68). Jordan Wilson leads the Warriors in three categories: points per game (13.06), rebounds (4.24), and assists (1.77). The Warriors are currently ranked No. 23 in NAIA in turnover margin (2.7) and No. 47 in free throw percentage (69 percent).
ABOUT LA SIERRA: La Sierra lost to UC Merced (90-80) on January 6. Bennett Shaw leads the Eagles in scoring (13.65) and assists (2.6). Carleton Coleman leads the team in rebounding with 6.5 rbg. The Eagles are ranked No. 36 in NAIA in total blocks (63) and No. 40 in blocks per game (3.15).
THE NUMBERS: The Red Hawks rank No. 43in the nation in 3-pointers made (136). They are also ranked No. 26 in the nation in field goal defense (41 percent). Junior Guy Varsek is ranked No. 34 in total 3-pointers made (46), and sophomore Jonnie Washburn is ranked No. 47 in the nation in total 3-pointers made (42). Sophomore forward Ian Corella is ranked No. 43 in the nation in field goal percentage (52 percent).
LOOKING AHEAD: Simpson men’s basketball travels to Pacific Union College on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and then to No. 23 CSU Maritime on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Written by Derrick Pringle, Jr.
Photo by Carol Thacker
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.