Jessup avenges earlier loss defeating Vanguard 75-71
Hitting the court just two days after a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer on Tuesday, the William Jessup University men’s basketball team played host to the Vanguard University Lions Thursday night in Warrior Arena.
After yet another battle to the buzzer, it was the Warriors who came out on top of this one 75-71.
Jessup and Vanguard are no strangers to close basketball, as it was the Lions who bested the Warriors in the first round of last season's Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament.
"Absolutely not," head coach Lance Von Vogt said after the game Thursday when asked if there was any talk prior that Vanguard was the team who ended Jessup's conference championship hopes last year.
Each time Jessup seemed to have a good grip on their lead, Vanguard would hit a shot to make things a one-possession game again. After senior Chris Murry pushed the lead to six thanks to two at the line and a 3-pointer set the score to 72-69 Jessup with 56.4 seconds to play.
Freshman Brandon Lindsey, one game removed from missing a layup in the final seconds that could have given Jessup the lead late Tuesday, came up clutch as he beat the shot clock with a fade away jumper to push the lead to five with 27.7 to play.
"Brandon is a freshman, and he is terrific. The great thing about being a freshman is that he really has a short memory. Those losses are harder on me than the team. They bounce back, they're resilient … Brandon is a great showing of that," Von Vogt said.
Lindsey closed out the game with 16 points, connecting on 6-of-13 from the field.
Vanguard got one final chance to tie the game with 17.7 seconds remaining. The Lions inbounded the ball down three. After a miss, senior Cody Wilcox (Grass Valley) collected the rebound drawing the foul that allowed him to sink a free throw and ice the game at 75-71.
Wilcox closed out the game just two points shy of a double-double, as the senior big man collected 10 boards in the win while scoring eight.
Senior Micheal Patterson yet again provided a big spark off the bench. The "super sub" collected five boards while scoring 11 points in his 25 minutes of play time.
"Micheal is our sixth starter," said Von Vogt. "We expect him to do that every night. He's the third leading scorer on our team, coming off the bench."
The Warriors started the game on a 10-3 run, and the lead would never vanish in the duration of Thursday's 40-minute affair. At one point in the first half, Jessup sat comfortably with a 26-18 advantage after a bucket by senior Tahron Morrison (Fairfield).
Morrison closed out Thursday as the game's leading scorer, finishing with 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
"That's what Tahron does in practice on a daily basis," said Von Vogt on his senior forward. "It's just been about trying to get him in a flow where he felt comfortable doing that on the floor … . He knows how hard he needs to play, and if he can do that he is going to be a very difficult guy to cover."
At the break, Jessup led 44-37.
With the win Thursday, the Warriors improved to over .500 in conference play as their record now sits at 2-1. Overall, Jessup is 12-5 on the year.
Jessup will get a week off before their next matchup, as it will be a battle of the Warriors next Thursday when Westmont College comes to Warrior Arena; tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.