William Jessup men capture conference title on road
ATHERTON _ William Jessup University mens basketball clinched the 2012-13 California Pacific Conference regular-season championship with a 62-61 comeback win over Menlo College last week. The win was significant as the Warriors needed at least one win in its last two games to claim the title.
Trailing 61-60, William Jessup turned up the defense to force a jump ball and regain possession with 22 seconds remaining in the game. The Warriors’ Keenan Prince then found an open lane for two points and a 62-61 lead.
The WJU defense again came up strong as the Oaks failed to score as time ran out.
“The credit goes to this group of players who kept fighting and believing they could pull it out,” stated William Jessup interim head coach Jeff Bussell. “We knew Menlo would come out hungry and it would be a 40-minute battle.”
Bussell highlighted the play of freshman Kelton Newman who led the Warriors with 14 points. Newman is a graduate of Franklin High School.
In the second half, William Jessup built on its 33-30 lead at intermission to go up by seven. Menlo then went on an 11-1 run to take a 44-41 lead with 14 minutes remaining in the game. The game then went back-and-fourth until Prince’s basket ended the scoring.
Prince also had a key steal that led to two free throws by Marquis Robinson (Natomas) to pull the Warriors within one with 87 seconds remaining.
Rocklin’s Jordan Wilson (Whitney) had 10 points and seven rebounds while Prince also tallied 10 with three assists.
William Jessup finished conference play 8-2 after losing at UC Merced Saturday 79-67. Merced and CSU Maritime Academy finished at 7-3.
The Warriors will enter the CalPac Conference tournament as the No. 1 seed and host the semifinal game Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. WJU will play the winner of the Menlo College vs. Simpson University game.
“We thank God for the opportunity he has given us to be in this position,” said Bussell. “It's an exciting time of year and we will continue to work hard to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.”
William Jessup’s womens team defeated UC Merced 62-31 behind Ashley Rose’s 21 points.
The win improved the Warriors to 14-14 and 7-3 in the CalPac Conference.
WJU’s Sarah Petersen scored 12 and Olivia Nelson 11 in the effort. Petersen also had 16 rebounds.
The Warriors fell to Menlo College 72-57 in a contest played earlier in the week. William Jessup finished tied with Simpson University for second in the CalPac at 7-3.
WJU will host the winner of the Simpson vs. Pacific Union contest Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.
WILLIAM JESSUP 62, MENLO COLLEGE 61
William Jessup 33 29 – 62
Menlo College 30 31 – 61
Warriors 24-62, 9-15, 62, 3Pt 5-18. Oaks 22-58, 8-9, 61, 3Pt 9-22.
William Jessup – Newman 6-7, 1-1, 14, 3Pt 1-2, Wilson 4-11, 2-4, 10, Prince 4-12, 0-0, 10, 3Pt 2-5, Stanley 3-9, 1-4, 9, 3Pt 2-5.
CalPac Conference Tournament
William Jessup hosts winner Simpson U/Menlo College 7:30 p.m., Friday
William Jessup hosts winner Simpson U/Pacific Union 7:30 p.m., Saturday.