William Jessup’s season ends at national tourney

By: Staff Report
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William Jessup University’s men’s basketball team made just one field goal over the final five minutes during a first-round loss to Bellevue of Nebraska at the NAIA Division II tournament in Missouri on March 11. Bellevue, which won the game 85-67, led 7-0 and 15-5 during the opening minutes. Jessup rallied back to tie the game at 25 and trailed 35-31 at the half. Jessup’s Tevin Hurd and Kadeem Kirsten each scored seven points in the opening half. Jessup (17-14) trailed just 69-62 with five minutes left in the game before its offense went ice cold. Avery Tyler led Bellevue (26-7) with 20 points while Kirsten (14 points), Hurd (12), Jason Washington (12), Damal Neil (10) and Eleazar Jones (10) each scored in double figures for Jessup. Jessup shot just 37 percent from the field for the game. “It’s been a great journey for this team,” Jessup head coach Aaron Muhic said.  “I am proud of the effort we played with. Bellevue is a good team and we held our own until the last five minutes.  We just couldn’t hit the shots down the stretch. We are disappointed that the journey is over, but this has been a fantastic year with a great group of guys.  We take away nothing but positives from this experience.” ~ Staff report