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William Jessup mens basketball beats Menlo College in overtime

Clements ties free-throw record.
By: Matt Horrocks/Gold Country Media Sports/Courtesy
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ATHERTON – Game four of the Warriors' long, five-game road trip pit William Jessup University mens basketball team against California Pacific Conference rival Menlo College in an overtime thriller Thursday. The Warriors came out on top 79-72.

The Warriors held the Oaks to just four points in the extra frame; three of those came in the final two seconds.

The win gave Jessup a two-game sweep of Menlo College.

The game started off the way the Warriors wanted, opening the game with an 8-3 run. After a timeout, Menlo made a charge, but the Warriors fought it off for a 31-21 halftime lead.

The second half didn’t go as well for WJU, when freshman Anthony Edwards was assessed a technical foul for hanging on the rim. The Oaks turned the opportunity into a five-point swing and eventually took the lead. 

Key baskets from Corey Clement and Caleb Richey helped the Warriors tie things up and send the game into overtime.

 "I think Menlo is a terrific team." said Warriors head coach Lance Von Vogt. "To come on the road in a hostile environment, they had a packed house. For us to respond the way we did makes me extremely proud. It was a great job by the guys."

 The Warriors also won the rebounding battle and forced the Oaks to commit 16 turnovers. 

"Defense has been our calling-card all year long." said Von Vogt. "We have a defense that is the No. 1 ranked defense in the CALPAC. We work really hard on focusing on that end of the ball because we know that some nights the ball is not going to go into the hoop."

 Richey closed out the evening with 20 points, three assists and two steals.

 Clement was the games leading scorer with 26 points, while going a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line, tying a school record for free throws made in a single game. Clement also brought down 10 rebounds for double-double performance.

 Junior Sean Fenner was 6-7 from the field and had 12 points. 

The Warriors will now look to finish off their road trip at UC Merced on Saturday. The Warriors defeated UC Merced 70-46 at home Jan. 9.

The game will be broadcasted on the radio on KAHI, AM 950 or online at KAHI.com.

Follow the Warriors at www.jessupathletics.com and @WJUSports on twitter.