The Westcliff University men’s basketball team was solid Sunday at Santiago Canyon College in an 88-82 loss to Benedictine Mesa.
Headlining the afternoon was center Nick Pete, who turned in an impressive eight-block performance.
“He’s our stopper,” Westcliff head coach James Larson said. “We have to have to Nick step up and make some plays, make some blocks. He’s getting better every game. He’s starting to realize his role. Once he gets comfortable on the offensive end, he’s going to be a force.”
Taking an eight point lead in the first-half and a bucket advantage into halftime, Westcliff controlled the contest from the outset.
But the Redhawks fought back in the second with 50-percent shooting from the floor, and took a lead at the 10-minute mark it wouldn’t relinquish.
“Young guys learning how to play college basketball,” Larson said. “We have to play a complete 40 minutes to beat an experienced college team. We’re making progress. We’ll get there.”
Jacob Knox was outstanding, shooting 8-for-15 for a team-high 22 points to complement 9 rebounds.
Damien King turned in 13 points, and Jonathan Hill had 12.
Rishard Williams chipped in 10 of his own.
Westcliff had 19 assists as a team and just 14 turnovers, a marked improvement from its last outing at Loyola Marymount and a sign of optimism for the season ahead.
Up next for the Warriors is a meeting with Hope in Fullerton Tuesday.
Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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