Red Hawks fall to Maritime at home

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University men’s basketball team lost a close battle with the CSU Maritime Keelhaulers on Thursday, Feb. 13. They lost 74-72 and missed the chance to tie Maritime for the number one spot in the California Pacific Conference.

Simpson started the game down 3-0 before gaining the lead the first five minutes of the game. Maritime answered back with quick points in the paint and got the Red Hawks into foul trouble. With Jonnie Washburn and Dalton Thacker leading the team offensively, Simpson tied Maritime three times. With both teams aggressively playing for the number one spot, the lead gain was no more than five points for either team the entire half. The Keelhaulers went into halftime ahead 38-36, with Washburn leading the Red Hawks with 13 points.

In the second half, the teams tied sevent times before the end of regulation. Shaquille Jones took over the second half by blazing by his defenders and getting the Keelahaulers in foul trouble. With 25 seconds left to play, the Red Hawks were down 72-69. With a timeout called by Coach Jim Holcomb, the Red Hawks drew up a play to attempt to tie the game.

Out of the timeout, Washburn came out of a double screen and got the ball at the top of the key. Washburn missed his three-point attempt, but Thacker grabbed the offensive rebound, made his the put-back attempt, and was fouled on his shot, giving him the opportunity to make a three-point play. Thacker knocked down the free throw to tie the game 72-72 with 20 seconds left. After a timeout from Maritime, the Keelhaulers found themselves in the paint and scored at the buzzer, winning 74-72.

The Red Hawks were led offensively by Thacker, who finished with 25 points and three assists. Washburn finished the night with 16 points and two steals.

Simpson will prepare for their final home game against Pacific Union College on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m.


Written by Nichole Jones

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