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Aaron Woods drained 5 three pointers in the HIU win over Westmont (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Aaron Woods drained 5 three pointers in the HIU win over Westmont (Photo by Liza Rosales)
Westmont College
Hope International
Fullerton, CA- Hope International pulled off the upset of the GSAC's top team #9 Westmont 77-70 thanks to a quick start. The win was the first ever for the Royals over the Warriors in Men's Hoops. Junior Aaron Woods had a game high of 25 points- one off his career high.

Woods established 18 seconds into the game that he was going to somebody to keep track off as he buried a three pointer.

Back-to-back layups with a HIU turnover in between gave the Warriors (18-5, 10-4 GSAC) a 4-3 lead.

But Sophomore Jeremy Kilgore gave the Royals (11-10, 4-10 GSAC) the lead right back with a jumper. As it ultimately turned out the Royals would never trail again in the game.

Woods drained another three ball and HIU was off and running.

Senior Steve Jurich went on a little mini scoring run as he put away six and the next nine Hope International points sandwiched around a third three pointer from Woods.

At the 11:04 mark, Freshman Austin Sanford gave the Royals their largest lead of the game to that point when his layup in the paint gave them a 22-10 lead with 11:04 to play in the half.

Junior Kris Rosales mirrored two Westmont baskets with a three pointer of his own and fast break layup to push HIU to a 12 point cushion again with both baskets.

Though the Warriors forced the score back within 6 points, the Royals extended their lead back to 10 at the break (34-24).

Woods lead everyone at the break with 11 points on 3-4 shooting from behind the three point line and 2-3 shooting at the charity stripe in the first half.

After the break, the Royals pushed the lead up to 17 points on three different occasions with the last time coming at the 9:45 mark left in the game on a layup from Kilgore.

From there the Royals held off a comeback bid from the Warriors. With 2:32 showing on the clock, WC hit a layup to get the score within five points at 65-60.

For good measure, Woods knocked down his fifth three pointer of the night to give HIU an 8 point edge.

That was the last shot the Royals even attempted from the field as they spent the rest of their offense night at the free throw line. Down the stretch, HIU hit 9-12 shots from the charity stripe to close it out. Junior Ryan Jocson hit 4 of his 6 shots at the line during that stretch.

When the clock hit triple zeroes, Hope International beat Westmont for the time in 29 tries dating back to 1989.

Complimenting the 25 points from Woods, Rosales ended the night with 17 points. Kilgore had 14 points.

Head Coach Bill Czech commented, "Aaron (Woods), Jeremy (Kilgore), and Kris Rosales have been spending a lot of time shooting on their own. We have shot the ball better in the last four and five games since I have been here."

In reference to beating Westmont for the first time, Coach Czech stated, "Westmont is a great program with great players and great coaches."

Coach Czech ended his post game comments with the following, "Assistant Coaches Bill Carter and Roy Green created a great scouting report and helped us implement it. Our redshirts ran through all the Westmont sets so we could see them. Woods played really well on both sides- defensively against Preston Branson as well as hitting open shots. Kris (Rosales) and Jeremy (Kilgore) were their typical rock solid selves. Their competitiveness keeps us in any game."

The Royals will continue their push toward the playoffs when they travel down to El Cajon to meet up with San Diego Christian on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7:30 pm.

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