Men’s basketball rounds up Stags

Mike Senyo
Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team tamed the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags on Saturday night, in the Supertents at the University of La Verne, 87-81.

Jason Greenlee led the Leopards with 24 points and five rebounds. Lanier Brown had 17 points and Vic Reynolds chipped in with 12 points.

“A big win against a quality team is always a big plus,” Greenlee said.

Leading the charge against Claremont, Greenlee said, “We are a pretty constant team, anyone can step up and take charge, tonight it just happened to be me.”

The game went back and forth between both teams with Claremont leading at half time 43-40.
Brandon Newte ignited the Leopard offense in the second half by contributing 11 points and three boards to help ULV obtain the win.

With four minutes and nine seconds left in the second half, the Leopards went on an eight point run to seal the win. Claremont was unable to catch up and the Leopards provided stellar defensive play in the last three minutes of the game.

The Leopards had a tough week with their heartbreaking last minute loss to Whittier, 81-79, on Feb. 9. Down by 16 points, the Leopards came back only to lose with Jason Greenlee’s three point miss in the final seconds of the game for the win.

“This win was huge. We dropped a tough one at Whittier because we didn’t have a consistent effort,” head coach Gabe Duran said. “The guys were down after that loss.”

The difference factor in the Claremont game was that the Leopards did not full court press their opponent.

“I wish I could say it was my foresight but it was more of a hunch. The first time we played them we had a full court press. I thought we had more energy tonight at half court and that made us better,” Duran said.

This was the first time all year that the Leopards did not press its opponent.

Senior Dane Sawyer was very pleased with the win.

“We stayed strong the entire game and didn’t have any real lapses. We kept plugging away through-out the game,” Sawyer said. “This win was very big for us because we don’t know exactly where we are and it shows what we can do when we are solid.”

Among the offensive leaders for Claremont was Bryan Jolly with 26 points and five rebounds.

Jordan Crumley was hot from three point land scoring all 12 of his points in the first half but was unable to sink any baskets for the rest of the game.

Mike Senyo can be reached at msenyo@ulv.edu.

Journalism operations manager at the University of La Verne. Production manager and business manager of the Campus Times.

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