Blue Jays Defeat Rival MacMurray in Close Game 

12/1/2012 
Athletic News - Basketball(M) 

The Blue Jays finish a close game on top, 87-82, against last year’s rival, MacMurray College.  MacMurray came to Westminster with a vengeance from last year’s SLIAC finals game when Westminster won in the final seconds off a fade away jumper.  The win brings the Blue Jays’ overall record to 5-1 and starts their SLIAC record up 1-0.

The Blue Jays came out ready to win.  Just three minutes in, a jumper by Joe Prophet started a 13-0 run to bring the Blue Jays up 24-7.  The Blue Jays kept up the lead, until the Highlanders held Westminster to eight points in the last six and a half minutes of the half.  The Blue Jays headed into halftime up 48-36.

The Blue Jays slowly let the Highlanders back into the game. A three by MacMurray with eight minutes left in the game brought the Highlanders with seven points, 62-55. The Blue Jays kept the lead, but let the Highlanders within three points with 36 seconds left in the game.  The Blue Jays kept control of the game, and pulled away in the last 15 seconds of the game, beating the Highlanders 87-82.

The Blues Jays made 11 out of 14 free throws in the last minute of the game.  Verdis Lee led the Blue Jays with 21 points, followed by Prophet with 19 points.  Skylar Tolson chipped in 14 points, going 4-5 on three’s in the first half.  The Blue Jays had 10 steals, three coming from Jordan JonesTaylor Allen led the team with seven rebounds. 

The Blue Jays head to Elmhurst, Ill on Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:00 p.m. to take on Division III Elmhurst College.