Hot-shooting Warriors find slim victory

Westmont’s men’s basketball team had a hard time missing a shot in the second half of Tuesday’s game with The Master’s, but the Warriors still barely managed to stay on top of the Mustangs to post a 77-76 GSAC victory.

Preston Branson sank two free throws with eight seconds remaining to give Westmont a four-point lead. Leif Karlberg drained a 3-pointer for The Master’s near the buzzer to create the super-tight final score.

Westmont hit on 74 percent of its field goals in the second half, but the Mustangs kept up by converting 54 percent of theirs. The Master’s also connected on eight 3-pointers in the second half alone.

Branson led the Warriors with 25 points while Blake Bender (19) and Dan Rasp (16) reached double figures. The trio shot 22-for-35 in the game and 13-for-17 in the second half.

A Point Loma Nazarene loss on Tuesday moves the Warriors two games ahead in the standings for fourth place with an 11-6 record.

The Warriors’ next game is at last-place San Diego Christian on Saturday.