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Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 2, 2017 - posted by Seth Preuss
Charles Trotter had 19 points and seven rebounds against Jessup (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Charles Trotter had 19 points and seven rebounds against Jessup (Photo by Liza Rosales)
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(20)William Jessup University
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FULLERTON, CA – Hope International wrapped up a three-week home stretch of six straight games in the Darling Pavilion with a tilt against No. 20 William Jessup. The Royals got off to a great start against the Warriors and while the Jessup squad made it interesting at the end, HIU was able to hang on for its fifth win against a ranked opponent in the 2016-17 season.

The Royals opened the night with a 10-0 lead and took advantage of the Warriors' poor shooting to start the game off comfortably in front for the majority of the first half. Jessup began to claw its way back from a 14-1 deficit after the first eight minutes and outscored HIU 26-25 in the last 12 minutes, but the Royals' early lead held and at the half HIU was up 39-27.

Whatever had ailed the Warriors' shooters in the first half resolved itself after the break as HIU was forced to watch its lead evaporate in the final minutes of the game. HIU was able to build an 18-point lead and delivered blow after blow, but the Warriors shrugged off each haymaker and kept coming back for more.

HIU still led by 17 with 2:59 left in the ball game when the fireworks started for Jessup. HIU had done an excellent job against the Warriors' best scorer Murry all night and kept a lid on him but could not contain the hot shooting of Newman off the bench.

"Devin Greene (FR/Sacramento, CA) was really good, really good for us on the defensive side tonight," coach Bill Czech said after the ball game – Greene held Murry to 2-8 shooting and just nine points. "The second unit came in, gave us a major burst in both halves and really created the distance we had – Josh Smith (SR/National City, CA), Daniel Young (JR/Las Vegas, NV), Isaac Douglass (FR/Yorba Linda, CA), and Charles Trotter (SO/Slidell, LA) extended the lead for us in both halves and it just got a little squirrely at the end."

Coach Czech commented watching the lead shrink in the final minutes of the game, saying "I thought our guys were still playing pretty good, we got the ball where we wanted it, but [Jessup] made some incredible plays at the end – I don't think it was anything we did poorly, they just made some great shots there at the end." The Warriors gashed HIU with a 22-9 run in the last three minutes as Newman personally shot 3-3 from the field with two triples in the final 50 seconds of the game – Newman finished with a game-high 25 points.

Trotter led HIU with 19 points and scored 11 of those at the foul line while also pulling in seven rebounds and slinging four assists. Liam Hunt (JR/San Anselmo, CA) picked up his tenth double-double of the season with 17 points, 13 boards, and also dished out three assists and three blocks on defense.

HIU improves to 18-5 overall and is in sole possession of second place in the GSAC standings with a 7-2 record – the Royals are a half-game behind Biola for first in the GSAC and a half-game ahead of No. 23 The Master's. The Royals have a road game this Saturday at San Diego Christian before hosting The Master's Mustangs in a week on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30.

 
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