Red Hawks advance to conference championship with overtime win
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University men’s basketball team advanced to the California Pacific Conference Championship game after an 81-80 overtime win against the William Jessup University Warriors on Saturday, March 1. The semi-final game went into overtime after a tip-in from junior Anthony Williams tied the game at 72. A steal by Dalton Thacker at the end of overtime secured Simpson’s 81-80 victory.
In the first half, both teams went on runs, and William Jessup went into halftime with a 37-31 lead.
In the second half, the Red Hawks continued to battle but found themselves down 65-57 with 4:20 left to play. Shooting guard Shaquille Jones left the game on an injury with 2:29 left to play, with Simpson still down 65-59. With 39.9 seconds left to play, the Red Hawks were still down 67-61. But with a couple of timeouts from each coach, and big three-point shots made by Jonnie Washburn and Thacker, the Red Hawks climbed their way to a one-point deficit (71-70) with 15.6 seconds left.
The Warriors took a 72-70 lead off a made free throw with 14 seconds left. Thacker attempted a three-pointer while falling, but missed. As the time was about to expire, Williams grabbed the rebound and tipped it in to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Simpson was ahead 81-78 with 41.1 seconds left. With jump shot from the Warriors and a steal from Thacker in the final play, the Red Hawks won 81-80 to advance to the Cal Pac Championship.
Ian Corella finished with 24 points for the Red Hawks, shooting 11-for-16 from field goal range. Washburn finished with 16 points, Jones finished with 15 points, and Thacker finished with 13 points. Williams finished with 10 rebounds and six points.
Simpson will prepare for the championship game against No. 1 CSU Maritime Academy on Monday, March 3 at 8 p.m. The game will be held at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif.
Written by Nichole Jones
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.