Westmont freshman forward Dan Rasp scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds, but the Warriors  suffered a 71-53 loss at No. 8 Azusa Pacific on Tuesday. Westmont shot just 33.9 percent from the floor (19 of 56) and 18.2 percent from beyond the arc (four of 22).

The Warriors (2-2, 0-2) kept it close in the first half, trailing by just four points (27-23) with two minutes remaining. But Azusa Pacific (5-3, 0-2) began pulling away early in the second half and by the midway point had produced an 18-point advantage (51-33). Westmont scored nine of the next 11 points to cut the deficit to 53-42 with just less than eight minutes to play, but that was as close as the Warriors would get.


Sophomore forward Bobby Fenske, who made two of five attempts from three-point range, added eight points to the Warriors’ total. Fenske also collected six rebounds. Junior guard Tyler Dutton scored seven points while fellow junior guard Nasa Sete scored six points and had three assists and three rebounds.

Azusa Pacific was led by David Burgess, who had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Todd Martin produced 13 points for the Cougars.
In other Golden State Athletic Conference  games, No. 2 Concordia won at San Diego Christian, 102-69, while Hope International defeated visiting Biola, 59-55. The Master’s secured a 66-61 victory at Fresno Pacific and California Baptist won at home against Vanguard, 84-73.

Westmont will be back in action Saturday when the Warriors host San Diego Christian (2-4, 0-2) at Murchison Gymnasium. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Ron Smith is Westmont College ‘s sports information director.