William Jessup men win seventh straight game

By: Staff Report
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The William Jessup University men’s basketball team used a hot-shooting performance from freshman Austin Nelson to hold off the Simpson Redhawks on its Homecoming night in Rocklin on Saturday. The Warriors won 81-65 as Nelson hit all four of his 3-point attempts. He played only 12 minutes. On a night where the first basketball coach in the University’s history, Art Watson, was honored in a pre-game ceremony by one of his former players (WJU president Bryce Jessup), the Warriors played inspired ball on both ends of the floor. Zach Sowers (17 points) and Lucas Birchard (16) led Jessup in points while Sowers also added 10 rebounds. Jessup’s bench outscored Simpson 28-9. Jessup closed the game on a 19-3 run after the score was tied at 62. The Warriors have won seven games in a row and they are tied atop the Cal Pac Conference with Cal State East Bay. Jessup will host East Bay at 7:30 p.m. today. Women A cold start to the second half doomed the Warriors on Saturday night as visiting Simpson won 69-62 on Homecoming night. Simpson outrebounded WJU 52-35 and the Warriors made just eight baskets in the second half. Jessup’s Rebekah Calvert led all scorers with 19 points and eight rebounds while teammate Tracy Smith added 17 points and six assists. “We just need to be consistent,” Jessup coach Melissa Triebwasser said. “We know it takes a full 40-minute effort for us to get wins, and we didn’t do that tonight.” Jessup will host Cal State East Bay at 5:30 p.m. today.