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WJU men win two

By: Staff Report
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One week earlier, junior Damal Neil struggled to find his rhythm at the free throw line in a three-point loss. However, Neil calmly netted 14-of-17 free throws to help boost the William Jessup University men’s basketball team past the visiting Menlo College Oaks 77-70 at the Warrior Dome. "Damal was our work horse tonight" stated head coach Aaron Muhic. "He took the loss hard last week and really focused in on the free throws tonight. Our guys did a great job of continuing to feed him the ball." The Warriors attacked the Oaks early and often with Neil in the post. However, the Oaks battled back as Julian Harris got off to a hot start. Harris hit one of two from the line to tie the game at 20-20 with 9:22 left in the first half. Jessup junior Eleazar Jones responded with a 3-pointer to help spark a 13-3 run to build a double-digit lead for the Warriors. The Oaks battled back to close the halftime score to 34-31. The second half was slow go for both teams. Menlo's Tim Kees and Jessup's Neil made a living at the free throw line. The game stayed tight as throughout the second half. The Warriors built their lead to 10 with 10 minutes left to play, and then the Oaks cut it to two with four minutes to play. However, Neil went back to work in the paint with another bucket plus a free throw. The Warriors held on for the victory. Neil finished the night with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors. Junior Kadeem Kirsten had 13 points and six rebounds, while senior guard Jason Washington added 10 points, four assists and four steals. Menlo was led by Tim Kees, who connected on 14-of-15 free throws to finish with 20 points. Jessup improve to 4-1 in conference, while Menlo drops to 1-4. The Warriors travel to take on Holy Names University on Thursday to close out the first round of conference action. HNU stands a top the league at 5-0. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm in Oakland. Earlier in the week, the Warriors were ready to get rid of the bad taste as they hosted the Bethany University Bruins. The Warriors used a balanced attack as they built a 22-point second half lead to roll past the Bruins 82-64. The game was tight early in the first half. The Bruins James Jansen hit knocked down a mid-range jumper to bring the Bruins to within 18-17 at the 8:47 mark of the first half. Jessup’s sophomore Tevin Hurd answered back with a jumper in the paint. That ignited the Warriors on an 11-0 run. The Warriors carried the double-digit lead into halftime at 40-29. Jessup continued to extend the lead early in the second half. Hurd connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cap a 17-5 run to extend the lead to 57-34 with 15:28 remaining. However, the Bruins would not go away. The Bruins answered an 18-5 run to cut the lead to 10 with 8:47 remaining. Jessup’s Eleazar Jones had the answer for the Warriors, as he knocked down a 3-pointer to extend the lead back to 13. From there the Warriors would extend their lead back up to 18 to close out the game. Junior Kadeem Kirsten led the Warriors with a game-high 20 points, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Jones finished with 17 points, while senior Jason Washington and Tevin Hurd added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Senior Jason Maples led the Bruins with 15 points. “It was nice to see us bounce back tonight,” said head coach Aaron Muhic. “I thought we were focused on what we needed to do tonight. We are getting better every day.”