Hornbuckle, Rasp carry Warriors

Westmont  used a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures to defeat Cal State Stanislaus 68-57 on Friday at the Lamont Ramsey Classic held at Menlo College in Atherton.

Dan Rasp and Matt Hornbuckle led the Warriors (4-1) with 14 points point each. Rasp was 10 for 11 from the free throw line.

“Matt Hornbuckle was the player of the game,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “He had three steals that led to layups. He played a really nice game. He was five for seven from the field and had six rebounds.”

Evan Haines, who shot six of seven from the field, tallied 13 points and six boards. Niko Brooks scored 12 points by making two of three attempts from beyond the arc and sinking all six of his free throw attempts. Blake Bender recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds while making five of seven from the floor.

Tied at 22-all with 5:43 remaining in the first frame, Westmont closed out the half with a 14-7 run to take a 36-29 lead at the intermission. In the first four and one-half minutes of the second half, the Warriors stretched their advantage to 48-35 and Stanislaus never recovered.

Westmont shot 50percent from the field (21 of 42) while holding Stanislaus to .392 (20 of 51). From the free throw line, the Warriors made 22 of 25 attempts (.880). The Warriors also out-rebounded the Warriors 37-22, a statistic which Moore found to be “a good sign”.

The Warriors will play Saturday in Atherton, taking on the College of Idaho in a 2 o’clock game.