VSN (admin) Published Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – 2:30 p.m
RENO, Nev. – In a final vote before GSAC begins Thursday, the Warriors made the short drive east on I-80 for a show with the Nevada Wolf Pack. On a homecoming night for a warrior, Jessup ends his stacked preseason schedule with a 98-54 loss.
head coach Lance of Vogt explained after the game that Tuesday’s competition could be seen as a learning experience.
“One of our key tenants is adaptability,” said by Vogt. “And when you’re playing against a team as good as Nevada, who are so solid, physical and strong defensively, you need to be able to adjust your game to what you can do against that competition. And I thought tonight we were going to have trouble adjusting. So it’s a learning curve for us to record the film, process what happened and show our guys how they could have adapted better.”
Jessup netted the first basket of the night, a sophomore layup Myles Corey, but that would be the last lead of the night for the Warriors. Nevada followed Jessup’s early bucket with an 11-3 run to take a commanding first-half lead.
A 13-0 run by the Wolf Pack came later in the half, aided by three trips to the free-throw line during the stretch. Jessup ended the run with a layup Jayden DeJoseph. DeJoseph played for the first time with the Warriors in front of his hometown fans as the Carson City native scored five points in the first half.
DeJoseph, a fifth-year wing, played at the Lawlor Events Center in Nevada two years ago, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the arena was empty. A loud roar erupted from the Nevada faithful when DeJoseph was announced last on the starting lineup.
“That’s one of the reasons we worked so hard to get this game on the schedule,” added Von Vogt about DeJoseph’s homecoming. “Jayden has been with us for a while. He’s in grad school right now. And he’s a bit of a local legend by Carson. He won a state title while he was there. It was pretty cool for me that he could play in this arena and that he got that reception in front of this family and friends and I know it was pretty cool for him.”
DeJoseph finished the night with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting.
The Wolf Pack shot 41 percent from the ground in the first 20 minutes, versus the Warriors’ 23 percent. At the break it was a 42-18 advantage for Nevada.
Jessup improved his offensive efforts in the second half, shooting 49 percent from the ground while downing 4 of 12 of three.
Jordan Adams knocked down two triples in the last 20 minutes and scored six points in the second half. Corey and Aashay Verma each scored five in the second half. Adams (11) and Corey (10) were the only two warriors to finish in double digits.
The Wolf Pack was led by five players in double digits. Jarod Lucas led all players with 19 points.
“We will use this film as an opportunity to become better offensively but also defensively,” added von Vogt. “I sometimes thought we were doing a really good job and there were times when we completely fell apart. So we’re going to take this film and it’s going to be a great educational tool.”
The Warriors will hope to rectify their mistakes before Thursday when they open the GSAC season Thursday night at San Diego Christian.
At the start of the conference game, Von Vogt added: “You never go into a game to see a loss, but if you asked me which of our games are the most important this week, I would say the two GSAC games because those are the ones that go into our records . These are the ones that matter for the GSAC Championship. And these are the ones that will help or hurt us to apply for the national tournament that we are aiming for.”
Thursday’s GSAC kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jessup will then take on Hope International from Fullerton on Saturday.
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