Alumni Notebook: Hopkinson plays key role off bench in victory
Marc Hopkinson, a 2010 Nevada Union graduate and senior guard at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., contributed several minutes off the bench this week as the Bluejays split a pair of games, knocking off Kansas Wesleyan and losing to Bethany College.
Hopkinson played over 15 minutes and dropped in seven points and a swiped a steal in the team’s 76-75 victory over Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday. The Bluejays went ahead by one point with just two seconds to play after making the second of two free throws and soon later intercepted a pass to seal the game. Tabor College held its opponent to just 37.3 percent shooting. In Saturday’s 102-86 loss at Bethany College, Hopkinson contributed 18 minutes and tossed in five points with four boards and an assist. Tabor College was outshot from the floor 51.5 percent to 45.2 percent as Bethany College drained a dozen 3-pointers in the game.
The Bluejays (5-6) host Bethel College Thursday.
Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis — Ritchart and the Aggies lost a pair of games this past week, falling to Seattle University and Nevada.
The six-foot nine-inch senior started at forward and dropped in a team-high 14 points in a 77-53 loss Monday Dec. 2 at Seattle University. He was 5-of-10 shooting from the floor, including four 3-pointers and also had six rebounds, two assist and a steal. The Aggies trailed by 18 at the break and never mounted a comeback. In Saturday’s 87-81 overtime loss at home against Nevada, the Aggies shot an impressive 50.9 percent from the floor and tied the game 74-74 on a lay up with just seven seconds remaining, yet the squad never led in the extra period and Ritchart rested.
UC Davis (3-7) will likely have its hands full Saturday when they travel to take on the Pac-12’s Stanford Cardinal. The game can be seen on the Pac-12 Network and tip off is set for 5 p.m.
Nicole Lierly (Nevada Union, ‘10); Cal State University San Marcos — Lierly the lady Cougars couldn’t snap their losing streak last week as they dropped all three of their games, including a heartbreaker in overtime.
In Tuesday’s game against San Diego Christian, the final game of the Thanksgiving Classic, Lierly rested as the squad lost 70-64 in OT. In Friday’s 65-58 loss versus Menlo, Lierly contributed two minutes off the bench as the Lady Cougars outshot their opponent from the floor 36.5 percent to 34.3 percent and even won the battle on the boards 43-40, but couldn’t find a way to pull out a win. Saturday the squad suffered a 73-68 loss at Cal Maritime where Lierly also rested.
San Marcos (5-8) hosts Simpson University on Saturday.
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