ASC men's basketball team loses thriller at the buzzer, 63-62
by David Mejia
St. GEORGE, Utah – The frustration continues for the Adams State College men’s team, but this time it was from a narrow defeat. The Grizzlies traded baskets and leads with Westminster (Utah), but just couldn’t break away by the margin necessary to emerge with a victory, dropping a hard-fought contest at the Dixie State (Utah) Tournament, 63-62 on Saturday.
Adams State had three players in double figures and was paced by Roman Moniak (Sacramento, Calif.), who scored a game-high 16 points. The Grizzlies also got 15 points from Wes Jensen (Molalla, Ore.) and 15 from Larry Charles Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.). The trio also accounted for 16 rebounds.
The Grizzlies trailed at intermission by a 25-24 count and had the lead on four occasions in the second half. Adams State made 10-of-16 free throws, while Westminster canned 20-of-25 in the contest.
Jensen, who mis-fired on a three-pointer with three seconds remaining, got his own rebound and put back a missed lay-up of his own for the final two points of the game. The senior attempted to force overtime, but his shot was apparently not meant to be.
Adams State went 4-of-11 from three-point range, while Westminster was successful on 5-of-10. Jensen, who also had the hot hand in Friday night's loss to Carroll College (Mont.) caned a trio of three-pointers for the Grizzlies.
Adams State returns home for a Dec. 8 contest against visiting Regis and the Rangers’ head coach Lonnie Porter, a former Adams State alumnus who has his number retired at ASC. The Grizzlies will face another former ASC player in Russ Caton, who brings his UC-Colorado Springs team to Plachy Hall on Saturday Dec. 9.
Both games are slated to start at 8 p.m. and can be heard on KSPK-FM (103.5) or via the internet at www.kspk.com.