Rocklin (1-2) - William Jessup came off a 23 day layoff with one more non-conference game versus UC Santa Cruz. The Warriors had won three of four in the series between the two schools in men's basketball. The Warriors improved that mark this evening with a come-from-behind 83-73 win in overtime at the Warrior Dome.
The first half would be played at a back and forth pace with neither team getting a larger lead than five. The half featured five ties and six lead changes. William Jessup would gain a three point advantage before the end of the half and would take a 32-29 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, UC Santa Cruz would start the half on a 22-9 run, capped by a Samuel Allen put back with 9:49 left, to make the score 51-41. The Warriors would go on a 13-3 run to take the lead 54-53 with 5:24 left. UC Santa Cruz would gain a four points on two occasions, the second with 51 seconds left on a Brent Jacobs putback to make the score 67-63. Anthony Anderson would hit three free throws to make the score 67-66 with twenty seconds left. Allen would hit one of two free throws to give the Banana Slugs a two point lead but Anderson would hit a jumper with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game at 68. Samuel Allen, for UC Santa Cruz, would just miss a half-court jumper and the game would go into overtime tied at 68-68.
In overtime, the Warriors would start out on a 6-0 run and would expand their lead to double digits at 83-73 with twenty seconds left. The Warriors would win the game by the same 83-73 tally.
For William Jessup, Anderson had a game high twenty three points. Allen had fourteen points off the bench for UC Santa Cruz. Jordan Wilson had twenty two points off the bench and Preston Bramow had sixteen points for the Warriors in the win. Brent Jacobs and Nathan Mohri had twelve points apiece for UC Santa Cruz.
The Warriors shot 50% (29-58) from the field, 35.3% (6-17) from the three point line and was 63.3% (19-30) from the free throw line. UC Santa Cruz shot 44.3% (27-61) from the field, 22.7% (5-22) from the three point line and 63.6% (14-22) from the foul line. William Jessup's defense forced fifteen UC Santa Cruz turnovers scoring nine points off the turnovers while the UC Santa Cruz defense forced twelve turnovers by William Jessup scoring six points off the turnovers. UC Santa Cruz outrebounded William Jessup 32-31 but William Jessup had three more assists (18-15) than did UC Santa Cruz.
William Jessup's next game is Thursday night as they start California Pacific Conference play against Holy Names University in Oakland.