Sunday, December 28, 2008

Spartans face William Jessup today

It's the William Jessup Warriors mind you, a school relatively new to Rocklin (former 49er training camp locale) but originally situated in the South Bay as San Jose Christian College. The Warriors are an NAIA member.

In last night's matchup with Morgan State, Jermaine Bolden hit a 17-footer from the baseline as the final buzzer sounded and Morgan State held off William Jessup 70-68. Lucas Birchard led the Warriors with 22 points, aided by Zach Bowers' team-leading eight boards and 20 points. WJ shot 44% for the game.


Coach Aaron Muhic brings over thirteen years of college basketball coaching experience to the Warriors. He has coached ten All-Americans during his time at William Jessup University and two academic All-Americans.

The past two seasons the Warriors were ranked briefly in the top 20 nationally and this past season losing in the conference finals, one game short of the national tournament. In total, he has a been a part of over 114 wins as a Warrior and counting.


Nov 1 @ Oregon Institute of Technology L, 46-92
Nov 7 @ West Coast Baptist College W, 84-65
Nov 8 @ The Master's College L, 80-85
Nov 13 West Coast Baptist College W, 74-45
Nov 14 NW Christian L, 73-75
Nov 15 Concordia (OR) L, 68-70
Nov 20 @ CSU Stanislaus L, 79-95
Nov 24 @ Humboldt State University L, 78-94
Nov 29 @ Fresno Pacific University L, 63-88
Dec 5 @ Golden State Baptist College W, 76-55
Dec 6 Bendigo W, 89-69
Dec 11 @ Menlo College W, 68-52
Dec 18 @ Simpson University W, 89-63
Dec 20 @ CSU-East Bay L, 83-102


6-5 Zach Sowers
-- leads the Warriors with a 19.5 ppg. average and is shooting 50% overall but an even better 57% from three-point range, second on the squad in rebounding at 6.1 a contest

6-6 Lucas Birchard -- is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg. and first on the boards with almost six and a half (6.4)

6-5 Tyler Leuning -- averages 4.1 ppg. and 4.2 rpg.

6-4 Alex Dimontsantos -- averages 8.6 ppg. and 3.7 rpg.

5-10 Austin Nelson -- averages 4.5 ppg. and 3.4. rpg. but is shooting in the low 30s


Jeremy Devers 5-9 guard freshman
Jason Washington 6-0 guard junior
Matt Walker 6-0 guard freshman
Tevin Hurd 6-6 Wing freshman
Marques Rodriguez 6-3 wing freshman
Zach Sowers 6-3 guard senior
Kadeem Kirsten 6-3 guard sophomore
Blaize Boles 6-2 guard sophomore
Austin Nelson 5-10 guard freshman
Tyler Leuning 6-5 wing senior
Lucas Birchard 6-6 wing senior
Alex Dimotsantos 6-4 wing senior
Matt Cassell 6-7 post junior


A power game inside should take care of William Jessup but the Spartans need to take the Warriors more seriously than Morgan State obviously did.

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