Second half run gives Jessup win over San Diego Christian
SAN DIEGO – The William Jessup University men’s basketball team took on their third opponent of the week Saturday facing San Diego Christian and claimed their third Golden State Athletic Conference win 89-69.
The Warriors have a big weekend at home this Thursday and Saturday.
"We have a big home week to look forward to with a couple nationally ranked opponents coming to town in Masters and Westmont," said Coach Von Vogt. "We need all the Warrior faithful to come out and support us."
At SDC, Jessup (17-6, 3-4) held the advantage for most of the first half with a five-point lead at the break; however, the Warriors opened the second half on a 29-4 run and coasted to the victory.
"Ultimately this was a great road trip for us getting two league wins, and then you throw in the (Grand Canyon University) experience on Tuesday and we had a full week," said head coach Lance Von Vogt. "Although today wasn't our best performance, I did like how we came out after halftime and quickly took our five-point halftime lead to 26. That allowed us to play our entire roster and give everyone quality minutes."
Jessup jumped ahead by as much as eight points in the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Hawks weren't ready to give up home advantage. The Raptors chipped away at the lead to force a tie 31-31 with five minutes remaining in the first half.
But Antonio Lewis scored three layups for a 45-40 lead at the break.
Jessup’s 29-4 run gave the Warriors a 16-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in regulation. In that surge, junior Tate DeLaVeaga had back-to-back baskets from beyond the arc to cap his scoring.
"It was good to see Tate and Tone (Lewis) both have good games today because we will need them to play well for us down the stretch of GSAC play," Von Vogt said.
The Warriors finished with five players scoring double digits, led by point guard Brandon Lindsey’s 18 and three assists. Phillips collected 16 points and nine rebounds; other scorers were Medearis (12), DeLaVeaga (11) and Lewis (11).
Jessup returns home Thursday with two ranked opponents on tap. The Master's visits Horton Court Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Westmont College comes in Saturday at 3.